The Politics of Feminism in the Shadow of the Sweatshop, Nov. 29

URBANA — A part of the Gender and Women’s Studies fortieth anniversary will be on Thursday, Nov. 29, at UIUC.

From the Facebook event:

The Politics of Feminism in the Shadow of the Sweatshop
Prof. Elizabeth Verklan
ROOM CHANGE: 1002 Lincoln Hall

This talk examines how consumerism became the primary means with which U.S. anti-sweatshop and anti-globalization discourse “explains” sweatshops. Through a discussion of ethical fashion and class politics in the U.S., this talk explores how the paradigm that frames the problem of sweatshops as one solvable through personal consumer practices contributes to American exceptionalism.

Dr. Elizabeth Verklan is an Assistant Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cottey College. Her book, Seeing Labor (under contract with the University of Illinois Press) examines representations of fashion’s labors in US media. Verklan double majored in Philosophy and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and graduated in 2008. She went on to get her PhD from Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona.

The talk begins at 4 p.m.

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