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

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Disability and Embodied Difference Reading Group, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, hosts a virtual talk by Eunjung Kim, associate professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Disability Studies at Syracuse University.

Kim will share her current research, "Continuing Presence of Discarded Bodies: Occupational Harm and Necro-Activism." Her presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A.


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, 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.

All WU faculty, students and staff are invited to attend. Registration required: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArdOyhpzIvGNxe8x7GF_HYui0d0e8AJGlN

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Research


Arts & Sciences, Brown School, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, School of Medicine


Arts & Culture, Humanities & Society, Medicine & Health

Center for the Humanities

#disability, activism, Korea

Event Contact

K. Eliza Williamson | eliza.williamson@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Eunjung Kim is associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Disability Studies at Syracuse University.

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