L. Ayu Saraswati

Writer, Associate Professor, PhD researcher

Honolulu (Hawaii)

From October 23 to November 7, 2017

Biography —

Ayu is an Indonesian-born Hawaiian resident. She is a writer, an associate professor, and graduate advisor in Women’s Studies at The University of Hawaii. Her first book, Seeing Beauty, Sensing Race in Transnational Indonesia won 2013 National Women’s Studies Association Gloria Anzaldúa book prize. She has also published numerous articles in Feminist Studies, Meridians, Feminist Formations, and Sexualities. She is currently completing a book manuscript on pain, feminism, and digital media. She enjoys teaching classes on gender and the media/new media, history of gender and sexuality, gender and consumption in a global world, women’s body image, and feminist theory. She is the co-facilitator of Creative Connections: Writing and Meditation Retreat, where she teaches meditation specifically for writers who want to nurture their creative genie. When she is not teaching/writing, she can be found snorkeling at Hanauma bay or checking out new restaurants and taking Instagram pictures of her food. 

Project —

At Faber, Ayu aims to complete a couple of chapters of her book, Pain Feminism. The book focuses on how feminist discourses and digital spaces help shape and shift our relationship with pain. Her case studies come from various online campaigns and works that women do with pain online. This book will be the basis of her talk during her residency. She is also excited about offering a workshop on women’s body image issue.