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A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group Workshop: Ayami Hatanaka


The A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group reconvenes on Friday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m. Working group member Ayami Hatanaka (PhD Candidate, NYU American Studies) will workshop a paper, “Carceral Feminism in Sex Work, Legislative Influence, and Anti-Trafficking Discourse.” The paper (abstract below) will be circulated in advance to those who register for the workshop. Lunch will be served.


Following the workshop, the group hosts a social to welcome new and returning members over food and drink.


The A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary working group for graduate students interested in and/or working on Asian/Pacific/American Studies broadly defined.


Accessibility note: This venue has an elevator and is accessible for wheelchair users. There are single-stall, all gender restrooms available. If you have any access needs, please include them on the registration form or email apa.rsvp@nyu.edu.

“Carceral Feminism in Sex Work, Legislative Influence, and Anti-Trafficking Discourse,” Ayami Hatanaka
The term “sex work” was coined by sex worker activist and artist Carol Leigh in response to the use of words such as “prostitute” and “sex use industry.” Leigh has also made efforts to push against the criminalization of sex workers through anti-trafficking policies and organizing. This paper takes up Leigh’s formation of sex work to understand how notions of labor, carceral feminism, and legislative discourse come together to enact policy that criminalizes sex workers, especially under the umbrella of a “strange alliance” between evangelical Christians and radical feminists. Additionally, this project attempts to trace the ways the US legal sphere is guided by carceral feminist assumptions in anti-trafficking discourse and imposes the logics of carceral feminism on marginalized populations. I tentatively propose that the framework of carceral feminism is one through which the “strange alliance” offers productive approaches to liberal change that can be differentiated from the violent structure of global capitalism.


Photograph by Ayami Hatanaka.

Venue: 20 Cooper Square, 3rd floor, Room 372
20 Cooper Square, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Add to Calendar 02/24/2023 01:00 PM 02/24/2023 02:30 PM America/New_York A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group Workshop: Ayami Hatanaka More detail: https://apa.nyu.edu/event/a-p-a-graduate-student-working-group-workshop-ayami-hatanaka/ 20 Cooper Square, 3rd floor, Room 372, New York, NY, 10003