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Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism. Richa Nagar, December 5, 2014

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Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism

December 5, 2014, 1:30pm
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop

Richa Nagar, Gender Women and Sexuality, U of M, reads from her book Muddying the Waters (2014).


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richa nagar muddying watersIn Muddying the Waters, Richa Nagar embarks on an eloquent and moving exploration of the promises and pitfalls she has encountered during her two decades of transnational feminist work.

With stories, encounters, and anecdotes as well as methodological reflections, Nagar grapples with the complexity of working through solidarities, responsibility, and ethics while involved in politically engaged scholarship. Experiences that range from the streets of Dar es Salaaam to farms and development offices in North India inform discussion of the labor and politics of coauthorship, translation, and genre blending in research and writing that cross multiple–and often difficult–borders. The author links the implicit assumptions, issues, and questions involved with scholarship and political action, and explores the epistemological risks and possibilities of creative research that bring these into intimate dialogue.

Daringly self-conscious, Muddying the Waters reveals a politically engaged researcher and writer working to become “radically vulnerable,” and the ways in which such radical vulnerability can allow a re-imagining of collaboration that opens up new avenues to collective dreaming and laboring across sociopolitical, geographical, linguistic, and institutional borders.

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  1. Colm BarryDecember 10, 2014 at 9:31 amReply

    How would you go about a feminist platform in a Muslim area such as Dar-es-Salaam? For all we know, with the recently resurgent militant Islamism the moderate factions of that religion are on the retreat almost everywhere.

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