Fuyuki Kurasawa is Associate Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto, and Co-President of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Sociological Theory. He has been a Fullbright Scholar, a Commonwealth Scholar, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Harvard University, New York University and Yale University, where he is a Faculty Fellow of The Center for Cultural Sociology. Kurasawa is the author of The Ethnological Imagination: A Cross-Cultural Critique of Modernity (Minnesota, 2004) and The Work of Global Justice: Human Rights as Practices (Cambridge, 2007). He is currently completing a book entitled Intersections and Interventions: Canadian Essays in Cultural Materialism (McGill-Queen's, forthcoming), and researching the visual representation of distant suffering. In addition, Kurasawa is a regular contributor to Radio-Canada and was named a 'Canadian young leader' by The Globe and Mail newspaper in 2000.
Basic Fields of Interest
1. social, political and cultural theory
2. political sociology
3. cultural sociology and cultural studies
4. political economy
5. visual studies
Substantive Areas of Research
1. Ethnologies of Western modernity: The history and contemporary state of a major yet neglected current of critical theorizing, whereby modern Euro-American societies are interrogated interculturally—that is, by being estranged via juxtaposition to alternative modernities or figures of cultural difference.
2. Global justice and human rights: The theoretical analysis of the socio-political labour that underpins projects of global justice and the modes of practice under which human rights struggles can be regrouped, in order to pose an alternative to the principal tendencies within the human rights literature today (formalism and normativism, on one hand, and empiricism on the other)
3. Rethinking Canada: The articulation of two distinctive interdisciplinary scholarly discourses in this country, cultural studies and political economy, in order to move debates about Canada beyond shopworn conventions (U.S. hegemony, two solitudes, etc.) and relocated them in a globalized and culturally pluralistic setting.
4. Representations of
distant suffering: The ethical dilemmas and socio-political effects of the
massive production, circulation, and reception of photographic images of persons
in the global South experiencing humanitarian disasters.