Globalization in the sneaker industry prompts Cynthia Enloe to ask “Is There a ‘Post-9/11 Sneaker’?” She will discuss this question Sept. 19 as part of the Fisher Center lecture series.
September 10, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.— The politics of globalization as it shapes – and relies on – women’s feminized factory work, especially in the international sneaker industry, is the topic of the first talk in the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Fisher Center series “Laboring Under Globalization”. Cynthia Enloe, a professor of government and the director of the women’s studies department at Clark University, will present “Is There a ‘Post-9/11 Sneaker’?: Feminist Clues about Women Workers and Globalized Security” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Colleges campus. The presentation is free and the public is invited. The following morning there will be a roundtable discussion at 8:45 a.m. in the Fisher Center (Demarest Hall Room 212).
Enloe studies the impact of militarism, state policies and politics on the lives of women throughout the world. Her works have been incisive on the level of militarization in our lives – from those who make fighter planes to those who are employees of food, toy, or clothing companies and in cultural products from camouflage-design condoms and Star Wars pasta shapes. Enloe was a Radcliffe Fellow in 2001, and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant, a visiting professorship at Wellesley College, and an Honorary Professorship of Political Science at the University of Wales. Enloe serves on several editorial boards including Signs, and International Feminist Review of Politics. Her most recent books include “Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives,” and a new edition of her classic “Bananas, Beaches, and Bases.”
Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men lectures and seminars provide a forum for students, faculty and community members to explore gender issues. The Center, founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues. More information on this series can be found at http://www.hws.edu/academics/community/fishercenter/index.asp