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Proper Victim as Proper Police: Immigrant Injury as Settler Colonial Legal Fantasy - Research Colloquium
WhenTuesday, May 1, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Proper Victim as Proper Police: Immigrant Injury as Settler Colonial Legal Fantasy

with Lee Ann S. Wang

This talk examines legal promise and desire in immigrant visa petitions regulating sex work as "modern day slavery." In this legal scheme designed specifically for rescue, a foreign subject of a domestic problem produces far more than the conflation of the immigrant with the enslaved subject. The scheme requires immigrant women to be survivors not of state violence but of their own sexuality refurbished into a sexual pureness that bleeds nothing from colonial erasure and promises only the fantasy of a modern progress against slavery. While critiques against such anti-trafficking campaigns have taken issue with the language of carceral feminisms, they still leave untouched the underlying logic of protection which renders the existence of the visa petition to be - a "policing" subject that must deny its bind to a policed object.

This presentation is part of  IAS' 3 talk series Research Colloquium. For more information please click HERE>>

The IAS Research Colloquium provides a forum for graduate students, faculty, and external partners to learn about interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research practices, and to think critically and creatively about the implications of different forms of research design.

All sessions are open to the campus-community and general public: No RSVP required.

Campus locationUW Bothell UW1
Campus roomUW1 - Room 280 (Rose Room)
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars…
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