- Organizer: NYU Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium
- Venue: NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Presented by the NYU Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the NYU Department of English.
This talk, “Refusing Neoliberal Futures: Minor Feminism and Temporal Ecologies of Resistance,” considers the centrality of “Asia” and the “girl” to the production of neoliberal futures by engaging with Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea (2014). Sharon Tran (University of Maryland Baltimore County) argues that the novel’s young Chinese female protagonist offers a dense portal for apprehending the racializing and feminizing forces of neoliberal capitalism and for theorizing what she term minor feminism. “Minor” signals my effort to explore what it means to imagine politics within the embodied time frame of girlhood and the racialized girl as a political subject. In denoting the purportedly small, insignificant, inferior, and frivolous, minor also revises an understanding of feminism, pressing us to interrogate the prioritization of heroic, individualistic, adult models of subjectivity grounded in a linear teleology of development. This talk is drawn from a manuscript-in-progress that seeks to recuperate minor, feminized acts and aesthetics toward the articulation of more viable forms of agency and subjectivity for countering the violences of neoliberalization.
Sharon Tran is an assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century multiethnic American and Asian American literature, emphasizing cultural studies and gender studies. She received her PhD in English with a concentration in Asian American studies from UCLA and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at USC. She is working on a manuscript entitled Between Asian Girls: Minor Feminisms and Sideways Critique.