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Philosophy Colloquium:
Dr. Robin James

Date:Thursday, September 12, 2013
Time:4:00 pm
Location:Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall

Monstrosity & Damage as Human Capital in 'Gaga Feminism'

Robin James

In her paper, Dr. James will argue that overcoming and profiting from "damage" are key components of privileged feminine subjectivity in Neoliberalism. The “Look, I overcame!” narrative demands that minorities turn their “damage” into human capital, asserting that overcoming obstacles entitles survivors to social privilege or status. Dr. James uses works by Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and other contemporary musicians to demonstrate that "Gaga Feminism" doesn't treat all monsters equally, discarding some stereotypical black masculinities as "damaged goods."

Dr. James is a classically trained musician and feminist theorist, whose theoretical and creative research bridges philosophy, gender/sexuality studies, critical race theory, musicology, popular music studies, and sound studies. She is associate professor of Philosophy at the UNC Charlotte, where she is also affiliated with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. James’s book The Conjectural Body: Gender, Race, and the Philosophy of Music was published in 2010. She also writes a fascinating blog that combines her many critical and creative interests. Click here to watch a video of Dr. James speaking on teen music and patriarchy.

This lecture has been made possible through the financial and logistical support of the Philosophy Department, WGST Program, the Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowment, and the Lecture and Fine Arts Fund.

A reception will follow in Qualley Lounge

Contact: Holly Moore, 563-387-1222