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Dsh - Masterclass "Gender, Racialization and Embodiment" with prof. Sabrina Strings

donderdag, 12 maart, 2020 - 13:00 to donderdag, 12 maart, 2020 - 16:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
VUB, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
The speaker

Sabrina Strings, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines how race, gender, and class are inscribed on the body, such that the body itself can be marshaled to maintain social hierarchies. Her articles and essays are featured in venues including Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Media Studies, Truthout, and The Feminist Wire. 

In her book "Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia" (2019, NYU Press), she argues that the contemporary ideal of slenderness is, at its very core, racialized and racist. Indeed, it was not until the early twentieth century, when racialized attitudes against fatness were already entrenched in the culture, that the medical establishment began its crusade against obesity. An important and original work, "Fearing the Black Body" argues convincingly that fat phobia isn’t about health at all, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, class, and gender prejudice.

The masterclass

In this masterclass, dr. Strings will provide input and feedback for PhD-researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (sociology, philosophy, anthropology, gender and queer studies) who are studying processes of ‘othering’, embodiment and the interconnections between systems of discrimination based on gender, race, class, sexuality, ability. In order to prepare for the masterclass, participants will be expected to read excerpts of dr. String’s work, to provide a short presentation of their own research and to formulate some questions or points for discussion during the masterclass.

Participants are also invited to attend dr. String’s lecture on the 11th March (details to be confirmed).

The masterclass fits into a broader event co-organized by Crosstalks, RHEA and Black History Month Belgium, and is also part of the Genderweek 2020, co-organized by VUB-partners RHEA, Crosstalks, R&D, the Equality Team and external partners Kaaitheater and Furia.


Sophie Withaeckx  (sophie.withaeckx@vub.be)
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