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The Shadow Image: Transnational Southeast Asian Feminist Practices and Pedagogies

Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 12:20pm

Rockefeller Hall, 374
Central Campus

Gatty Lecture Series

Join us for a talk by Viola Lasmana, (ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow / South and Southeast Asian American Studies Postdoctoral Associate, Department of American Studies, Rutgers University-New Brunswick), who will discuss Southeast Asian feminist practices and pedagogies.

This Gatty Lecture will take place at the Rockefeller Hall 374. Lunch will be served. For questions, contact

About the Talk

This talk explores the possibilities of Southeast Asian feminist practices and pedagogies through a discussion of transnational Indonesian and Vietnamese experimental documentaries, Children of Srikandi (Children of Srikandi Collective, 2012) and Surname Viet Given Name Nam (Trinh T. Minh-ha, 1989). Exploding the documentary form and subverting representation, these works activate a poetics of collaboration and generate what Lasmana calls a shadow imagination, enabling new ways of articulating marginalized women's lives beyond the specter of the nation.

About the Speaker

Viola Lasmana is an Emerging Voices Fellow at the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and a South and Southeast Asian American Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of American Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she is also affiliated with Global Asias and Asian Languages and Cultures. She received her PhD in English from the University of Southern California with a certificate in Digital Media and Culture from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and has taught at Columbia University, USC, and Occidental College. Her work has appeared in Film Quarterly, make/shift: feminisms in motion, The Cine-Files, Visual Anthropology, Alternative Historiographies of the Digital Humanities, and more. She is currently completing a book, Shadow Imaginations: Transpacific Approaches to Post-1965 Indonesian Archives, on the reconstitution of Indonesia’s decimated cultural archive.

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