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  • Sarah Orsak
  • Works-in-Progress Series: Sarah Orsak
  • "Sex-Testing in Sports: Anti-Blackness and Ability as Racial-Sexual Project"
  • March 10, 2023
  • 12:30 - 2 pm, Zoom
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  • Please join us for Dr. Sarah Orsak's works-in-progress presentation and workshop hosted by Insurgent Intersections: Combating Global Anti-Blackness. Dr. Orsak will present her paper “Sex-Testing in Sports: Anti-Blackness and Ability as Racial-Sexual Project" for feedback, questions, and open dialogue. Please register in advance to receive a PDF of the paper. This event is part of the Spring 2023 works-in-progress series centered on the theme "The Mechanisms of Global Anti-Blackness".

  • Bio:

    Sarah Orsak is a Rising Scholar Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Virginia.

    Orsak’s current monograph project investigates how disability coheres as a category at the nexus of U.S. imperialism and anti-Blackness. The project emphasizes that the long-recognized whiteness of disability studies emerges within the whiteness of disability in the broader U.S. imagination. This research foregrounds how racist ideas of Black womanhood structure the imperial circulation of disability and analyzes how Black women’s cultural production critiques white disability.

    Orsak holds a PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Rutgers University—New Brunswick. Her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation and the Rutgers Center for Research on Women.

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