Sex/Work in a Global Frame

a roundtable with Kamala Kempadoo, Angelique Nixon, Yin Q, & Elena Shih

Dec 5, 2023, Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

20 Cooper Square, 1st Floor, Room 101

THIS EVENT IS CLOSED TO RSVPs AT THIS TIME — OUR APOLOGIES!

This panel brings together scholars and activists working across different sites – the United States, the Caribbean, Thailand, and China – who are at the forefront of theorizing sex, gender, labor and migration. Challenging colonial narratives of rescue, redemption, and rehabilitation that undergird the global anti-trafficking movement, the panelists collectively envision global gender/sexual/economic justice by foregrounding the perspectives, expertise, and organizing efforts of workers themselves. This panel serves as a closing celebration of the art exhibition “Our Inner Quarters: The Spaces of Work and Care of Red Canary Song,” which highlights the art and activism of Red Canary Song, a grassroots collective of Asian and migrant sex workers and massage workers based in Queens, NY. 

Organized by the NYU Intersectional Feminist/Queer Studies Collective and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

For more information about this event, please contact the NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at csgs@nyu.edu.

Kamala Kempadoo

Kamala Kempadoo is Professor Emerita of Social Science, York University, Toronto, Canada. Her expertise includes Caribbean, Black and transnational feminisms, Black Radical Thought, and sex worker and critical antitrafficking studies. She has published extensively on the Caribbean sex trade and global anti-trafficking discourses.  Most recently, she is co-editor with Elena Shih, of White Supremacy, Racism and the Coloniality of Anti-Trafficking.  She is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Scientific Award of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caribbean Studies Association. This Fall she is a Craig. M. Cogut Visiting Professor with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Brown University.

Angelique Nixon

Angelique V. Nixon, Ph.D. is a Bahamas-born, Trinidad-based queer writer, artist, scholar, and activist. Her research and creative work are available widely; she is author of two books – the poetry and art collection Saltwater Healing and the scholarly award-winning book Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture. She is a sought-after speaker on intersecting issues related to social, climate and gender justice, migration, diverse genders and sexualities, and sexual rights. Angelique is a community worker with 20 years of experience in community-based organisations and academic institutions. She is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at The University of the West Indies. She is also a working director of the feminist LGBTQI civil society organisation CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice in Trinidad and Tobago, where she spearheads operations, resource mobilisation, and community engagement.

Yin Q (b.1974, they/she) is a parent, writer, media producer, curator and core organizer with Red Canary Song and founding member of Kink Out. They were honored by Spike Lee as an impact activist in 2019 in his tribute to Jackie Robinson. Yin’s writing has been published in BUST, Apogee Journal (Columbia University), We Too, Stories of Sex Work and Survival (The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2021), and Afro Asia (Duke University Press, 2008). Their media work includes “Mercy, Mistress,” an autobiographical pilot based on their experience as a dominatrix (starring Daniel K. Issac, Poppy Liu; EP Margaret Cho), and Fly In Power, a documentary for Red Canary Song and the short video, Yang Song, Fly in Power.

Yin has brought sex worker art activations to Leslie Lohman Museum, MoMA PS1 (Resident Artist, 2020), Performance Space New York, Brown University (AAPI Resident Artist, 2023), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Elina Shih

Elena Shih is Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, where she directs a human trafficking research cluster through the Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Shih is the author of two books: “Manufacturing Freedom: Sex Work, Anti-Trafficking Rehab, and the Racial Wages of Rescue” (University of California Press), and “White Supremacy, Racism, and the Coloniality of Anti-Trafficking” (Routledge). Shih serves on the editorial boards for The Anti-Trafficking Reviewa peer-reviewed journal of the Global Alliance to Combat Traffic in Women, and openDemocracy’s Beyond Trafficking and Slavery op-ed platform. Recent op-eds about her research and organizing as a core collective member of Red Canary Song appear in the New York Times and Providence Journal. She earned a PhD in Sociology from UCLA, and a BA in Asian Studies from Pomona College.

Date

Dec 05 2023
Expired!

Time

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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

20 Cooper Square, 1st Floor, Room 101
20 Cooper Square, 1st Floor, Room 101

Organizer

NYU Intersectional Feminist/Queer Studies Collective (CSGS)
NYU Intersectional Feminist/Queer Studies Collective (CSGS)
Phone
212-992-9540
Email
csgs@nyu.edu
Website
https://csgsnyu.org/beyondaboundary/

Other Organizers

Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at NYU
Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at NYU
Phone
212-992-9540
Email
csgs@nyu.edu
Website
https://csgsnyu.org
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