Colloquium with Aren Z. Aizura, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Martin Manalansan observed in 2007 that we need to "queer" the chain of care—by which he meant transnational care work economies that naturalize and undervalue the labors of women of color. Not only women are subject to transnational care work economies. But what are the implications of this observation? What forms of racialized gendering enable all kinds of bodies to perform queered affective labors? What gendered, sexual and racialized social relations are taking shape through such affective labour practices? Grounded in research on the labors of gender reassignment clinic care workers in South East Asia, this paper reads theories of orientalism and self-orientalism, affective labour and biopolitical subjectivity to provoke affective labor theory to “queer” itself. This paper contributes to a growing dialogue between transgender studies, theories of transnational care work, and the study of sexuality, gender, and labor in South East Asia.
Aren Z. Aizura is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Cost: Free and open to the public.