Hungry Translations: Relearning the World through Radical Vulnerability
Bruininks Hall Room 432
Experts often assume that the poor, hungry, rural, and/or precarious need external interventions. They frequently fail to recognize how the same people create politics and knowledge by living and honing their own dynamic visions. How might scholars working in the Global North ethically participate in producing knowledge in ways that connect across different meanings of struggle, hunger, hope, and the good life? Hungry Translations bridges these divides with a fresh approach to academic theorizing. Through in-depth reflections on her collaborations with activists, theater artists, writers, and students over the last two decades, Richa Nagar discusses the ongoing work of building embodied alliances among those who occupy different locations in predominant hierarchies. Unlearning and relearning from her journeys with the Sangtin movement, Parakh Theatre, and students at UMN, she argues that such alliances can sensitively engage difference through a kind of full-bodied immersion and translation that refuses comfortable closures or transparent renderings of meanings. While the shared and unending labor of politics makes perfect translation--or retelling--impossible, hungry translations strive to make our knowledges more humble, more tentative, and more alive to the creativity of struggle.
Author Richa Nagar will present a talk on her new book, Hungry Translations: Relearning the World through Radical Vulnerability. Richa is a Professor of the College, Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence, and the Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts.
She will be joined by Sara Musaifer, one of the co-authors of the ‘Closing Notes’ of the book. Sara is a PhD Candidate in OLPD, 2019-2020 Pre-Doctoral Fellow at UPenn.
Reception and Book Signing to Follow
Presented by the GWSS Feminist Studies Colloquium Series.
Co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change.