Followed by a reception celebrating the 40th Anniversary of GWS
The everyday can be dangerously creative. It is difficult to pin down, because everyday happenings allow no hold and almost no control. The lecture will draw from Trinh Minh-ha’s latest book, Lovecidal: Walking with The Disappeared. As an activity for peace, “walking” is here also a mode of active, expansive receptivity. With every step taken, the world comes to the walker. The spirit of everyday walk leads her to a whole tradition of independent walkers in ancient Asia, at the same time as it provides her with a link to struggles around the world, more specifically to the struggles of women across countries of the global North and South. Showing modern society to be a profoundly heartsick society, the focus here is on the singular everyday forms of resistance capable of changing today’s landscape of activism.
Trinh T. Minh-ha is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and of Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley. A world-renowned independent filmmaker and feminist postcolonial theorist, she has published twelve books and has made eight feature-length films. As a recipient of two Masters degrees (in Music Composition and in French Literature) and a Ph.D. (French) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor Trinh has a long history with the UIUC campus and will be visiting as part of the 40th Anniversary of Gender and Women’s Studies.