Masculinity and visuality: being a blind man in a sighted world
Presenter: Kharnita Mohamed, Womens and Gender Studies, UWC
Respondent: Reinette Popplestone, University of Cape Town
On Monday 13 May, Kharnita Mohamed will be delivering a seminar explaining that the absence of sight does not necessarily mean one is outside of a visual episteme. Derived from an ethnographic study conducted among visually impaired male students at a major metropolitan university in South Africa, her research shows how these students utilise ocularcentric discourse in their interactions with the sighted. During the study it emerged that visual criteria and experiences were fundamental in crafting masculinity and the visual has primacy in shaping interactions, even among the visually impaired. This disconnection between sensory experience and its discursive use can tell us much about the ontological power of the visual episteme in creating meaning and generating social relations. Further, this study elucidates the pressures of visual signifiers and practices in the formation of masculinity.
Date: Monday 13 May 2013
Time: 13:00 to 14:00
Venue: Womens & Gender Studies Seminar Room (Old Science, History Building, Room 1.703)
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