Humphrey Fellow alum Pierre speaking at UMN Oct 26

Embodied Translations: Decolonizing Methodologies of Knowing and Being                   
Geography, Environment, & Society Coffee Hour
October 26, 2018 - 3:00pm
Blegen Hall 445

Geography, Environment, & Society Coffee Hour Presents:
Embodied Translations: Decolonizing Methodologies of Knowing and Being

Beaudelaine Pierre, Naimah Petigny, and Richa Nagar
UMN Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

ABSTRACT: In this coffee hour, we will perform parts of a forthcoming essay that we recently wrote for The Routledge International handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies. In responding to the editors' invitation to write a chapter on 'decolonizing methods,' we asked: what might it mean to decolonize methods of knowing and being in the context of neo-colonial and neo-liberal academic institutions within, and despite, which we grow, resist, heal, and build? Focusing on entanglements of space, identity, and language in the knowledges and struggles inhabited by those who have been multiply marked, violated, and erased in dominant disciplinary and interdisciplinary discourses, our multi-sited intervention refuses typologies and labels and it hungrily seeks dynamic connections in search of justice. In fighting geographies of partition to reclaim peripheralized stories, places, paradigms, and methodologies as knowing, our embodied translations invite alternative possibilities of being in relation to institutionalized systems of learning.

Beaudelaine Pierre is a published creative writer and a doctoral candidate in Gender Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her first novel, Testaman, came out in 2003. She also co-edited How to Write an Earthquake, a unique trilingual volume in English, French, and Creole, that constitutes a collective response to the catastrophe Haiti suffered on January 12, 2010.  She was a Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellow at the UMN's Humphrey School of Public Affairs 2009-2010.

Naimah Petigny is a doctoral candidate in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Working at the intersections of Black Feminist Theory and Performance Studies, her dissertation centers the peripheralized queer black femme and the unruly, and often overlooked, dimensions of Black subjectivity. Naimah was a 2017-2018 Steven J. Schochet Interdisciplinary Fellow in Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies at University of Minnesota and is serving as a graduate assistant to the Winton Chair Endowment of the Liberal Arts.

Richa Nagar currently holds the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence and Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts and she is part of the Provost's Grand Challenges Research Collaborative on Fostering Just and Equitable Communities. Working at the intersections of critical development studies and feminist epistemologies, she grapples with questions of solidarity work and co-authorship across borders in multiple genres, including creative writing and theatre in English and Hindi. Her books include Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism Through Seven Lives in India (with Sangtin Writers) and Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms Across Scholarship and Activism.

Friday October 26, 2018 3:00 PM
Blegen Hall 445
Complimentary Coffee & Refreshments will begin at 2:45 PM

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