The theme “Laboring Under Globalization” continues with a film and discussion of female labor on a global scale in the context of country borders.
March 7, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—Film maker Ursula Biemann will give “The Global Geography of Female Labor” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus, as part of the Fisher Center lecture series. A roundtable discussion will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the Fisher Center, Demarest 212. Biemann is a film maker and lecturer at HGKZ, the School of Contemporary Art, Zurich.
In pursuit of her ongoing investigation into the role of gender and migration in the logic of global capitalism, Biemann has visited a number of particularly telling sites: border areas, free trade zones, and entertainment cities catering to military camps. Her presentation is based on the video essay “Performing the Border,” set in a Mexican border town where U.S. industries assemble high-tech equipment for the global market. Looking at the complex ways in which artificial border space is produced through the performance and management of gender relations, her talk links the metaphorical meaning of the border with the material reality of working women in the transnational space.
Along with her other videos, “Writing Desire” and “Remote Sensing,” Biemann’s work has been featured in several festivals and galleries, including the 2002 New York Documentary Festival at the Museum of Modern Art New York, the 2001 Havanna Biennale, and the University of Toronto. Her publications include “Been There and Back to Nowhere – Gender in Transnational Spaces” and “Remotely Sensed: A Topography of the Global Sex Trade” in “Feminist Review”.
Fisher Center 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 is available at the Fisher Center Web site http://www.hws.edu/academics/community/fishercenter/events.asp.