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Professor Sharon Luk’s book release “The Life of Paper”

The Life of Paper, Letter and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity

January 26, 2018
Noon-2:00pm
Alder 111 in Alder Building (15th and Alder St.)
Questions or details on how to access the building : (541) 346-0900
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Please RSVP here before Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Department of Ethnic Studies is hosting a luncheon and book symposium highlighting the latest book release of Ethnic Studies professor, Dr. Sharon Luk.

The Life of  Paper, Letters and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity will be discussed in the symposium by Yale University’s Dr. Dan HoSang, UC Berkely’s Dr. Colleen Lye, and University of Oregon and Ethnic Studies Professor Michael Hames-Garcia.

Dr. Luk’s book, The Life of Paper, Letters and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity offers a wholly original and inspiring analysis of how people facing systematic social dismantling have engaged letter correspondence to remake themselves—from bodily integrity to subjectivity and collective and spiritual being. Exploring the evolution of racism and confinement in California history, this ambitious investigation disrupts common understandings of the early detention of Chinese migrants (1880s–1920s), the internment of Japanese Americans (1930s–1940s), and the mass incarceration of African Americans (1960s–present) in its meditation on modern development and imprisonment as a way of life. Situating letters within global capitalist movements, racial logics, and overlapping modes of social control, Sharon Luk demonstrates how correspondence becomes a poetic act of reinvention and a way to live for those who are incarcerated.



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