On September 8, Prof. Vora hosted L. Ayu Saraswati, associate professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, for a talk on her recently published book: Pain Generation: Social Media, Feminist Activism, and the Neoliberal Selfie (NYU Press 2021).

Image of Pain Generation Book Cover

The talk was the first departmental event held in person since the start of the pandemic! It was sponsored by Anthropology & Sociology, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Asian Studies, and Film and Media Studies. It was attended by students in Theories of Society, Introduction to Sociology, and many other courses. Students particularly appreciating applying insights from Saraswati’s research, including infinite scrolling and “affect alienation,” to their own social media practices.