Continuing Presence of Discarded Bodies: Occupational Harm and Necro-Activism

Eunjung Kim, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Disability Studies, Syracuse University

Starting from the two activist campsites set up in Seoul, one by the coalition of disability organizations and the other by the Supporters for the Health and Rights of People in the Semiconductor Industry, Eunjung Kim explores a history of occupational health movements and their intersections with disability rights movements in South Korea. Against the bureaucratic technology of rating the degree of disability and harm, necro-activism emerges in the form of persistent involvements of dead bodies, mourning, and other-than-human presence, making claims for justice as an ongoing practice of everyday life and afterlife.

Eunjung Kim’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Free and open to the public.

Hosted by the WU Disability and Embodied Difference Reading Group, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

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