[PAST EVENT] A Secret Labor in the Aesthetic Diaspora: Queer/Asian/American Archival Practice by Dr. Kita Douglas

November 8, 2019
12pm - 1pm
Boswell Hall (formerly Morton Hall), Room 314
100 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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  • Free food
  • Open to the public
The artist Martin Wong with one of his works.
The artist Martin Wong with one of his works.

’A Secret Labor in the Aesthetic Diaspora’: Queer/Asian/American Archival Practice

Dr. Douglas’ talk, “’A Secret Labor in the Aesthetic Diaspora,’” shares her current research on the archives of Chinese American artist, Martin Wong. Emerging from San Francisco free street theatre of the late 1960s, Wong stands at the intersection of the consolidating Asian American and Gay Liberation movements. Exploring Wong’s lifelong traversals of diasporic and queer social life, Douglas demonstrates how Wong’s archival practice might offer new methodologies for navigating the theoretical intersections of race and sexuality.

Dr. Kita Douglas is a lecturer in Asian Pacific Islander American Studies at William & Mary, teaching the gateway course “APIA 205: Introduction to Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies. Dr. Douglas works at the intersections of Critical Ethnic Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Visual Culture. Her scholarship focuses on Asian diasporic arts—literary, visual, and performing—as creative movements and critical methodologies.