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Orientalism ‘Out of Place’ in Latin America by Edward King.

Orientalism ‘Out of Place’ in Latin America by Edward King.

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The Study Sessions: After Orientalism

Orientalism ‘Out of Place’ in Latin America by Edward King

27 Feb 2018

The Study Sessions are a series of informal reading and discussion groups. The point of departure for this season's series is Edward Said’s canonical book Orientalism. More>>
 
 
*Please note that places for these sessions are very limited, to avoid disappointment please reserve a place emailing Mercè at  merce@nottinghamcontemporary.org
 
 
Orientalism ‘Out of Place’ in Latin America by Edward King.
 
Is Orientalism inevitably ‘out of place’ in regions that have also suffered colonization? Can Orientalist discourses go against the grain of dominant configurations of political and economic power? What happens when the hierarchical worldview of Orientalism meets the decentralized cultural logics of digital network cultures?
 
This session will explore all of these questions in relation to one expression of Orientalism in contemporary Latin American culture: representations of Japanese immigrant communities in Brazil, the home of the largest population of people of Japanese descent outside of Japan. The 2008 centenary celebrations of Japanese immigration to Brazil saw an explosion of cultural texts that sought to come to terms with the influence of Japanese culture on the country. Many of these comic books, films and novels connected local histories of migration to another force of Japanese globalization: manga and anime culture. The result is an interesting clash of logics - the hierarchies of Orientalism against the flows and exchanges of digital culture -  that opens up alternative perspectives on global power. 
 
Reading material:
- Sanjay Sharma and Ashwani Sharma, ‘White Paranoia: Orientalism in the Age of Empire,’ Fashion Theory 7:3/4 (2003), 1-18.
- Edward King, ‘Introduction,’ in Virtual Orientalism in Brazilian Culture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 1-18.
 
 
6.30-8.30pm
Free, The Studio
 
 
Edward King is a Lecturer in Portuguese in the School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol. As a teacher and researcher, he is interested in connections between culture, technology and power in Latin America, with a specific focus on Brazil. His research explores the ways in which technologies, cultural texts and discourses move across national borders, whether driven by the transnational flows of digital image cultures or the region’s complex histories of migration. He is the author of two monographs, Science Fiction and Digital Technologies in Argentine and Brazilian Culture (Palgrave, 2013) and Virtual Orientalism in Brazilian Culture (Palgrave, 2015). His latest book, Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America (co-authored with Joanna Page; UCL Press, 2017), argues that the graphic novel form is emerging as a uniquely powerful medium through which to explore contemporary forms of subjectivity and embodiment that bind humans to their non-human environment.

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