Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Global Genders and Sexualities

Bodies in East Asia 

This project concerns the production of knowledge about the human body in modern and
contemporary East Asia. Since the mid-nineteenth century, discourses of modernity and science intimately intertwined body, nation, and empire as never before, furthering the scientification of pretty much everything. Ever more exact quantifications—ranging from considerations of males’ suitability for military service and females’ fertility cycles to the constructs of health, literacy, leisure activities, and the technologies of war-making—produced data that in turn multiplied the effective instruments for the formation and accumulation of empirical and (in many ways) imperial knowledge about human bodies.

Syllabus forthcoming

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Graduate Assistant (Global Studies). Eugene (he/him/his) is a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After receiving his B.A. from Colgate University with a double major in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations, he was awarded a Fulbright to work as an English Teaching Assistant in Thailand with TUSEF. Before joining UCSB, Eugene studied, taught, and competed professionally in Ballroom and Latin dance in New York City. Eugene's research focuses on international incarceration, the securitization of sexuality and gender, and security technologies used by authoritarian governments. His work focuses on the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
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