Faculty & Graduate Student Publications

Faculty and graduate students in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have been hard at work. Below are some of their publications and featured stories. 


Richa Nagar, Muddying the Waters

Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism

Richa Nagar
University of Illinois Press, 2014

In 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. 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.


Jigna Desai, Asian Americans in Dixie

Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South

Khyati Y. Joshi and Jigna Desai, editors
University of Illinois Press, 2013

Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South, coedited by Jigna Desai and Khyati Y. Joshi, explores how the migrations of Manilamen, Bengali Muslim peddlers, and Chinese merchants and coolies extend the history of Asian Americans in the South into the early nineteenth and twentieth century. Extending the understanding of race and ethnicity in the South beyond the prism of black-white relations, this interdisciplinary collection explores the growth, impact, and significance of Asian Americans in Southern life and discusses the formation of past and emerging Asian American communities in the region. This collection of essays illustrates how Asian Americans have remade the Southern landscape with a visible and vital presence in many towns, suburbs, and cities.

Aizura, The Transgender Studies Reader 2

The Transgender Studies Reader 2

Susan Stryker and Aren Z. Aizura, editors
Routledge, 2013

The Transgender Studies Reader 2, co-edited by Aren Aizura and Susan Stryker, is the most comprehensive and rigorous collection of transgender studies scholarship in the field of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As the second volume in this series, this text focuses on recent work and emerging trends in transgender studies. Drawing upon feminist theorizing of the past thirty years, transgender studies provides another lens to view the way cultures use systems of sorting and classifying sex, gender, sexuality, and embodiment in relation to social power and categorical norms. Through transgender, the precise mechanisms of disarticulation, recombination, and re-categorization of sexed and gendered dimensions of personhood come into sharper focus.


Zenzele Isoke, Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance

Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance

Zenzele Isoke
Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

Zenzele Isoke’s text Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance explores how contemporary urban spaces are critical sites of resistance for black women. By focusing on the spatial aspects of political resistance of black women in Newark, this book provides new ways of understanding the complex dynamics and innovative political practices within major American cities.






Faculty Publications

Politics of Rightful Killing: Civil Society, Gender, and Sexuality in Weblogistan

Sima Shakhsari

Duke University Press, 2020

In the early 2000s, mainstream international news outlets celebrated the growth of Weblogistan - the online and real-life transnational network of Iranian bloggers - and depicted it as a liberatory site that gave voive to Iranians. As Sima Shakhsari argues in Politics of Rightful Killing, the common assumptions of Weblogistan as a site of civil society consensus and resistance to state oppression belie its deep internal conflicts. While Weblogistan was an effective venue for some Iranians to “practice democracy,” it served as a valuable site for the United States to surveil bloggers and express anti-Iranian sentiment and policies. At the same time, bloggers used the network to self-police and enforce gender and sexuality norms based on Western liberal values in ways that unwittingly undermined Weblogistan's claims of democratic participation. In this way, Weblogistan became a site of cybergovernmentality, where biopolitical security regimes disciplined and regulated populations. Analyzing online and off-line ethnography, Shakhsari provides an account of digital citizenship that raises questions about the internet's relationship to political engagement, militarism, and democracy. Watch an interview with Shakhsari about their book, Politics of Rightful Killing. You can also read a different interview with Shakhsari about their book, Politics of Rightful Killing.

"Bollywood and Asian American Culture"

Jigna Desai
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, April 2019

Popular conceptions of Bollywood imagine it as a recent entry onto the global screen and stage. Although it is not incorrect to think of Bollywood as a recent formation, scholars can point to an early-20th-century coining of the neologism, even while suggesting that the more recent use of the term coincides with the liberalization of the Indian economy and the globalization of cultural forms and industries since the 1980s. Components of the current transnational assemblage that is popularly called Bollywood can be traced to the long-standing international formations of Bombay Hindi-Urdu cinema. Early and mid-20th-century Bombay cinema was mobilized through colonial, diasporic, and international circuits that brought it to London, China, Russia, and the United States. Consequently, Bollywood has been present in the United States and specifically playing to Asian American publics for over seven decades. During the mid-20th century, Bombay films ran in American art-house theaters; their distribution was often assisted by the effort and labor of Indian Americans who were seeking to gain greater exposure for Indian films. But it was post-1965 Asian migration that established the centrality of film and film cultures to Asian American communities, including but not limited to South Asian diasporic publics; this growth coincided with the globalization of Bombay cinema into a transnational Bollywood media ecology. It is important to recognize the significance of Bollywood as an assemblage within the cultural citizenship and racialized socialities of South Asian Americans and its significance to the affect and temporality of other groups, including Hmong American refugees.

"Reclaiming the aesthetic of women: de-colonizing land ownership"

Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Cultural Studies, March 17, 2019

This paper engages with the study of the aesthetic as an embodied form and offers a critique of the study of value and commodification that emerges in the global spatial imagination. I explore the neglected interrelationship between cultural-spatial reconstruction and land ownership as a sign of livelihood by way of a critique of development and through an investigation of the multiple traces of colonialism in Indonesia in contemporary times, after the massacres. First, land is taken from communities to be used for state and corporate industrialization, and then aesthetic acts of resistance and remembrance by members of these communities, via artistic productions and protest, are commoditized as touristic attractions by the state as a form of nationalism and fetishism of the indigenous, and by corporations as a form of corporate cultural responsibility. This new method of capitalist inclusion of the survivor in a globalized project of aestheticizing space is a neoliberal tactic in which the commoditized reappearance of the aesthetic creations of the marginalized is not, in fact, a sign of inclusion but rather of further displacement. 

"Radical Vulnerability"

Richa Nagar and Roozbeh Shirazi
Keywords in Radical Geography: Antipode at 50, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., March 1, 2019

The co‐constitutive concepts of radical vulnerability, situated solidarities, and hungry translations are rooted in evolving journeys of saathis of Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan or SKMS, a movement of 8000 small kisans and mazdoors in Sitapur District of Uttar Pradesh in India that emerged from the battles summarised in Playing with Fire and Muddying the Waters. Radical vulnerability seeks to reimagine the temporalities and meanings of knowledge‐making partnerships by surrendering to a politics of co‐travelling and co‐authorship, politics that are accompanied by difficult refusals. A relationality embedded in radical vulnerability strives to internalise that our self is intensely co‐constituted and entangled with the other. The labour and poetics of forging togetherness across difference through radical vulnerability, situated solidarities, and hungry translation can only realise their transformative potential as politics without guarantees.

"A Second Read: Further Reflections of Women-of-Color Chick Lit"

Pamela Butler and Jigna Desai
Theorizing Ethnicity in the Chick Lit Genre, Routledge, 2018

Scholars and readers alike need little help identifying the infamous Bridget Jones or Carrie Bradshaw. While it is no stretch to say that these fictional characters are the most recognizable within the chic lit genre, there are certainly many others that have helped define this body of work. While previous research has focused primarily on white American chick lit, Theorizing Ethnicity and Nationality in the Chick Lit Genre, takes a wider look at the genre, by exploring chick lit novels featuring protagonists from a variety of ethnic backgrounds set both within and outside of the US.

"Gerakan Sosial: Kontestasi Tubuh di Ruang Publik dan Performativitas (Social Movements: Contestation  of the Body and Performativity in Public Spaces)"

Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Kelola, 2018

In this work, Larasati theorizes protest and performativity as a site that embodied radical differences. The nature of public (using arts and its gender politics)  and underground - of a resistance project - differ the nature of protest and its form of inclusion. The site (s) also provoke different vulnerability in rethinking question of "participation" and "solidarity" that marked not only the reiteration of violence when the body involved in protest is subject to further punishment and pain infliction but also diverted by class politics in feminist alliances.

"Tentang Gayatri C. Spivak: Dari Dekonstruksi Hingga "Megacity" (Thinking Gayatri C. Spivak: From Deconstruction to 'Megacity')"

Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Hamparan Wacana: Dari Praktik Ideologi, Media, hingga Kritik Poskolonial, 2018

In this interview by Budiawan, Larasati discusses theorization of specificity in tracing post colonialism  that has been claimed by many in relation with Gayatri Spivak's genre of thought. In making relevant to Indonesia historicity, Larasati shares the idea of post colonialism and space of nation building but also on the way in making post colonial spaces to  "modern" industrialize of mega city that making translation from traditional knowledge of spaces and places. This interview marked an engagement on post colonialism study (Indonesia) as a part of the conversation in trans-national positionality and that include similarity and difference with Indian post colonialism and its scholarship.

"Theatre, Hunger, Politics: Beginning a Conversation"

Dia Da Costa and Richa Nagar
Relationsional Poverty Politics, University of Georgia Press, 2018

In this conversation we offer hunger as a critical conceptual link in articulating the relationship between theatre and politics. We begin with a foundational question: when the meanings of the "political" are as diverse and shifting as the sites of engagement from and through which political theatre is mobilized, then what makes political theatre political?

"The Underrepresentation of Latinx Faculty and the Future of Higher Education"

Louis Mendoza, Nancy Raquel Mirabal, William Yslas Vélez, Yolanda Martînez-San Miguel, and Lena Palacios
Latinx Talk, September 2018

This Latinx talk forum focuses on the paltry numbers of Latinx faculty in higher education.  This issue of underrepresentation has not been missed by The Chronicle of Higher Education and the American Association of University Professors, who have recently published articles that highlight the low numbers of Latinx faculty compared to rising numbers of Latinx students. We put together this forum to identify what this critique of representation means for our community and for the future of higher education. To initiate this discussion, we asked Latinx faculty from around the country how the underrepresentation of Latinx faculty has impacted their university, their students, and their own well-being. How do Latinx faculty navigate this and thrive in this context? What actions should we take? What goals she we set? What does this portend for the future?

"Politicizing Creative Economy: Activism and Hunger Called Theatre, by Dia Da Costa"

Rachmi Diyah Larasati
International Journal of Feminist Politics, August 2018

Rachmi Diyah Larasati reviews the book Politicizing Creative Economy: Activism and Hunger Called Theatre by Dia Da Costa, which "examines the macro-politics of the creative economy using the example of theatre practices as a part of the aesthetic multiculturalism by the state and neoliberal geopolitics."

"The Marrying Kind"

Judith Katz
Tablet Magazine, June 2018

"I was never one of those girls who dreamed about marriage. I never practiced walking down some aisle, never tried on my mother’s wedding dress. (There wasn’t much to try on—my mother had washed it herself instead of sending it to the dry cleaners. My sister, the artist Nancy Katz, immortalized it by fashioning it into a Torah cover.) I never even had a boyfriend until college, and that adventure ended almost as soon as it began, when I came out in 1971. By then, it was clear I wasn’t going to be allowed to get married even if I wanted to, because legal marriage wasn’t something a lesbian could have in those days, even if she wanted it. And why would I?"

"Subjunctively Inhabiting the University"

Jigna Desai and Kevin Murphy
Critical Ethnic Studies, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Spring 2018.

"Ethnic and [gender/women/sexuality/feminist/queer] studies are critical spaces of knowledge production that theorize the fundamental links between freedom, university, knowledge, and difference. They also interrogate the relationship between the university, state, and communities in the formation of knowledge. In doing so, they question the continued workings of the institution itself. This essay considers questions of difference in the heterogeneous and hierarchical space of the neoliberal university and how we as ethnic and/or GWSFQ studies scholars work in and on it as an institution."

"Section II: Feminist Translation in Transition: A Cross-Disciplinary Roundtable on the Feminist Politics of Translation"

Richa Nagar, Kathy Davis, Judith Butler, Ana Louise Keating, Claudia De Lima Costa, Sonia E. Alvarez, and Ayşe Gül Altınay
Feminist Translation Studies: Local and Transnational Perspectives, Routledge, 2017

This roundtable . . . explores the feminist politics of translation from different disciplinary, epistemological and geopolitical perspectives and locations . . . We hope that our conversation inspires other cross-disciplinary, cross-organisational and cross-cultural dialogues about the enabling and disabling role of translation in the production, dissemination, reception, appropriation and transformation of feminist theories, knowledges and practices within and across borders that paradoxically separate and connect us, albeit often through asymmetrical power relations. Our conversation has revealed not only the transgressive potential of translation as a concept, theory and practice, but also the urgency of finding out new ways of talking to one another across differences and hierarchies.

“The Rethinking of Remembering, Who Lays Claim to Speech in the Wake of Catastrophe, and Is It Important?”

Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Memory and Genocide, Routledge, 2017

"In 1965, and the years that followed, Indonesia experienced acts of genocide when the cold war had impacted the country through internal politics and power struggles in many different ways. More than five hundred thousand citizens were killed, accused of being communist. yet the narratives of what happened -- between the state version and those told by family members -- are contested. Up to this day, the Indonesian state has never acknowledged the event, and the families of the victims are continuously seeking justice."

"Hungry Translations: The World Through Radical Vulnerability"

Richa Nagar
The 2017 Antipode RGS‐IBG Lecture, 2017

"The dominant landscape of knowledge and policy rests on a fundamental inequality: bodies who are seen as hungry are assumed to be available for the interventions of experts, but those experts often obliterate the ways that the hungry actively create politics and knowledge by living a dynamic vision of what is ethical and what makes the good life. Such living frequently involves a creative praxis of refusal against imposed frameworks."

"Feminisms, Collaborations, Friendships: A Conversation"

Richa Nagar with Özlem Aslan, Nadia Z. Hasan, Omme-Salma Tahemtullah, Nishant Upadhyay, and Begüm Uzun
Feminist Studies, 2016

"Intrigued by the collective efforts embodied by the book Playing with Fire, we, the Toronto Group, sat down in 2011 with Richa to talk about the process of collaborative writing, how it challenges hegemonic modes of knowledge production, and what types of relationships sustain such an engagement. Tat initial interview sparked conversations about each of our journeys as activists, intellectuals, and immigrants who live multiple, often bi-national, political lives."

"The Dancing Goddess: Ecological Memory, Technique, and the Inquiry of Value in Globalized Space"

Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Smithsonian, 2016

"This paper aims to look at the layers of value for Indonesian dance tradition as a form of pedagogy of women’s citizenship. It uses the discourse of Goddess not only as a form of agrarian politics and aesthetic but also as a critique of a different kind of embodiment of womanhood in the context of court dance. Looking at dance technique as a tactic to embody different methods of remembering, it proposes the dancing body not merely as an artistic embodiment in the sense of memory/technique as the materiality of regulation and artistic endeavor, but rather as a philosophical strategy of remembering to encounter different kinds of social and political economies of culture. The paper examines the mode of production that standardizes dance, and interventions negated not only by national projects but also by the global paradigm that strips its grounding by forgetting the spatial concerns of land dispossession."

"Immobility, Intimacy, Movement: Translating Death, Life, and Bordercrossings"

Richa Nagar
Narrative Global Politics: Theory, History, and the Personal in International Relations, Routledge, 2016

The day I accepted [the] invitation to contribute [this chapter] also happened to be the day when my father breathed his last, several thousand miles away from me. The writing of this essay became inseparable from my grieving as I shuttled across worlds and words; it became tightly interbraided with my efforts to grapple with a past and a present where disability and death, mobility and immobility, rootedness and displacement are all entangled with the (im)possibilities of remembering, writing, and translating across locations, generations, languages, and longings.

मैं और मेरा मन: शरद नागर (Main aur Mera Man: Sharad Nagar)

Richa Nagar
Kitabghar, 2016

"[In this book] we get a true sense of the poetic power, range, and depth of Sharad [Nagar]'s writing. In bringing his incomplete memoirs to completion, ... Richa Nagar has given a remarkable gift to Hindi literature. In the pages of this book, which bring to life the images and languages of old neighborhoods of Agra and Lucknow, we not only relive critical moments of a social and cultural history that spans two centuries, we also travel through the intimate history and struggles of the Nagar family." (From Lakhnavees's review, December 2016).

"Editor's Interview with Richa Nagar"

Richa Nagar
Journal of Narrative Politics, 2016

"The formulaic ways and categorical terms in which 'we' academics often talk about ourselves has led to deep suspicion of the ways in which exercises in locating or positioning ourselves serve simply to legitimize or authorize ourselves. What is needed instead are stories of building deep relationships and of undertaking long, hard journeys with those who become our 'research subjects'; stories of how we live, grow, learn, and change in and through those journeys."

"From Che to Guantanemara: Decolonizing Corporeality of the Displaces"

Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Meanings of Bandung: Postcolonial Orders and Decolonial Visions, Rowman & Littlefield, November 2016

"This book focuses on Bandung not only as a political and institutional platform, but also as a cultural and spiritual moment, in which formerly colonized peoples came together as global subjects who, with multiple entanglements and aspirations, co-imagined and deliberated on a just settlement to the colonial global order. It conceives of Bandung not just as a concrete political moment but also as an affective touchstone for inquiring into the meaning of the decolonial project more generally."

"Book Review Forum: Muddying the waters: coauthoring feminisms across scholarship and activism"

Elora Halim Chowdhury, Laura Pulido, Nik Heynen, Lainie Rini, Joel Wainwright, Naeem Inayatullah, and Richa Nagar
A Journal of Feminist Geography, August 2016

"Rather than simply address orcritique Nagar's arguments, the six commentators implicitly or explicitly reflect on the paths that they temselves have taken -- or not taken -- in their own journeys in academia and activism, thereby elaborating a lively and embodied response to the conceptual and representational vocabularies and modes of engagement that have been salient for their own intellectual and creative praxis."

"Crossing the Seas of Southeast Asia: Indigenous Diasporic Islam and Performances of Women's Igal"

Rachmi Diyah Larasati
The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity, June 2016

"This chapter rearticulates the study of female citizenship and the transmission of dance among the Islamic communities of the Sama and Bajau of Southeast Asia. The research examines how indigenous people’s aesthetic practices have been shared, distributed, and passed down through internal genealogical alliances, as well as through transmission in public, internationalized space."

"Black Intellectualism Is More Than Big (Male) Egos"

Zenzele Isoke
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 1, 2015

"This nation does not take kindly to honest talk from black folks who speak cogently about the sinister machinations of race and power that underlie everyday life in America. To assume the designation of 'black public intellectual,' one must possess a certain courageousness of spirit to offer one’s own genius to a bitter world that despises ideas as much as it relies upon them. It is a radical act of vulnerability, and for black people, it requires a willingness to take and issue verbal beatings that are reminiscent of the times of slavery."

"Theorizing the Archive: Corporealness, Decolonization of Thinking and Tactics, and Playfulness of Memory"

Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Kerja Arsip & Pengarsipan Seni Budaya di Indonesia, IVAA, 2014


The Dance That Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post-Genocide Indonesia

Rachmi Diyah Larasati
University of Minnesota Press, 2013

Indonesian court dance is famed for its sublime calm and stillness, yet this peaceful surface conceals a time of political repression and mass killing. Rachmi Diyah Larasati reflects on her own experiences as an Indonesian national troupe dancer from a family of persecuted female dancers and activists, examining the relationship between female dancers and the Indonesian state since 1965.

"Desiring the Stage: The Interplay Between Mobility and Resistance"

Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

"In my grandmother's yard the women whisper and mingle. Inently whispering voices focus on the issue of who is going to perform at the Independence Day celebration, and the task of preparing a special kenduri, or offering, for Ngatini, a dancer who went missing and never returned. Ngatini could not read or write, but her participation in tranditional dance, which has freer movements than the state-approved court dances, caused the regime to suspect her of being a Communist, and Gerwani, the women's movement."


Graduate Student Publications

You May Have the Suitcase Now

Beaudelaine Pierre
New Rivers Press, coming in May 2021

Beaudelaine Pierre's manuscript, You May Have the Suitcase Now, is the New Rivers Press Editors' Choice selection from the 2018 Many Voices Project competition in Prose. Pierre's creative essays collection is scheduled for publication in fall of 2020 by the New Rivers Press.

"What do refugees want? Reading refugee lip-sewing protests through a critical lens"

Nithya Rajan

International Feminist Journal of Politics, August 2019

Through a close reading of lip-sewing protests by refugees over the past two decades, this article develops a theoretical framework for understanding lip sewing as a form of protest and political agency. I consider various lip-sewing protests by refugees and the strategic use of speechlessness and corporeality in these protests to uncover the conditions in which contemporary refugees are imbricated. I argue that this unusual form of protest, as well as the demands that protesters make on states and international institutions through dissensus, reflects the existence of a new kind of refugee that has emerged in response to the contemporary refugee management system that criminalizes displacement.

"Comrades-in-[Each Other’s]-Arms: Homosociality, Masculinity and Effeminacy in the Turkish Army"

Tankut Atuk

Men and Masculinities Journal (SAGE Publications), August 1, 2019

In Turkey, the military regulation Article 17 prohibits men who suffer “visible sexual identity and/or behavioral defects” from serving in the armed forces. The final decision of exemption, however, is made by doctors depending on the cogency of the femininity/effeminacy draftees perform. Based on seven oral histories of gay men and a trans woman who served in the army, and five oral histories of gay men, including myself, who obtained the certificate of discharge, this article discusses the constitutive role of homosociality in the production of military masculinity and the abjection of effeminacy by raising three interrelated points: (a) (Turkish) military masculinity is essentially fragile and shattered due to the lack of distinct boundaries between male homosociality and homosexuality. Therefore the medico-military gaze, as well as the proper soldiers, must protect, albeit unskillfully, the boundaries separating the two. (b) For the medico-military gaze and the military culture, the real peril to homosocial bonding and military masculinity is not homoerotic intimacy or gay sex per se, but effeminacy. And (c) in the Turkish Armed Forces, effeminophobia is an instrument employed in defense of the homosocial safe zone.

"SKMS Code of Conduct"

Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan

AGITATE!, 2019

When someone who lives far away from the villages of Sitapur expresses a desire to work with us, the first question that comes to our minds is: Whose journey would this be? Only of that person who seeks to learn something from us and then share some critical insights with the world or with the people who work in their field? Or, will the SKMS saathis be equal partners in this journey so that everyone who joins in will have something useful to learn? We would like to avoid scenarios where researchers come, undertake their study, and leave. They get their degrees or publications without confronting the issue of what would be gained by the people in the villages who set aside tasks associated with their everyday lives in order to provide researchers with the information and facts they need.

"Calling Forth History's Mocking Doubles"

Hale Konitshek
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, May 24, 2017

"This essay intervenes in feminist philosophical debates concerned with the relationship between materiality (“matters” of fact) and signification (“meanings” of fact, meanings of matter, and meanings that matter) as pertaining to agency in public life, by bringing Karen Barad's “Posthumanist Performativity” (Barad 2003) into conversation with Hortense Spillers's “‘Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe’: An American Grammar Book” (Spillers 1987)."

"Introducing AGITATE!"

Beaudelaine PierreHale Konitshek, Julie Santella, Keavy McFadden, Khoi Nguyen, Richa Nagar, and Sara Musaifer
AGITATE!, 2019

We come together to write this inaugural editorial of AGITATE! after journeying as a collective for almost two years. Along this path, members of our group — including our contributing writers, artists, and activists — have joined in and advanced this vision and work at different times. Sometimes this coming together was planned and at other times it was sheer coincidence. Speaking with, alongside, and against each other, we are motivated both by what we share and what we do not, by moments when we sing together as well as those when we discord. We embrace the unforeseen joys, pains, and paradoxes that desires for collectivity come with.

"Affective racial politics in 'How to Get Away with Murder' fan fiction"

Nicholas-Brie Guarriello
Transformative Works and Cultures, March 15, 2019

This article analyzes fan fiction about Oliver Hampton and Connor Walsh (Coliver), an interracial queer couple in the TV series How to Get Away with Murder (2014–). An analysis of the two most popular fics in this pairing on Archive of Our Own, "It's Called Dating" by grimcognito (2015) and "deCode" by tuanpark (2014), indicate that there is a shift away from gift or sharing economies of fandom to a market-like economy of prompt revision in order to produce and circulate texts meant to provide happiness to fans.

"Never Give Up, Never Surrender: Game live streaming, neoliberal work, and personalized media economies"

Nicholas-Brie Guarriello
New Media & Society, March 3, 2019

Based on Internet Ethnography of a popular female live streamer on YouTube Gaming, this article theorizes how game live streaming invokes new forms of paid emotional labor that intersect with traditionally feminized demands of unpaid attentive and caring work. Drawing from an intersectional feminist framework that takes seriously small data and everyday life, this article suggests there is a shift toward one’s work being part of a personalized media economy that can relate to one’s audience. This study concludes with an invitation to think how folks under neoliberal capitalism are willing to leave secure, traditional 9-to-5 jobs, in order to be a professional gamer without any social safety nets and ultimately be always-on-the-clock.

"Jotería Identity and Consciousness"

Jose Santillana
The Chicana/o Education Pipeline History, Institutional Critique, and Resistance, March 2018

"The Chicana/o Education Pipeline explores the relationships between Chicana/o students, families, and communities and the various school settings that comprise the education pipeline, from kindergarten classrooms through postsecondary programs and postgraduate experiences. The essays, which appeared in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies between 1970 and 2015, present a historical overview that spans the 1880s to the present. Selected for their potential to spark discussions about Chicana/o experiences and resilience in US schools, the essays reveal how educational institutions have operated in contradictory ways for Chicana/o students: they have depressed and marginalized as well as emancipated and empowered them."

"A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: Abortion Death Rituals in South Korea"

SeungGyeong Ji
Religion & Gender, December 31, 2017

In this essay SeungGyeong (Jade) Ji, Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate, explores contemporary ChonDoJe, Buddhist abortion death rituals in South Korea.

"This Thing This Home: Stevie Ada Klaark In Conversation with Tia-Simone Gardner"

Stevie Ada Klaark interviews Tia-Simone Gardner
MN Artists, December 7, 2017

An interview with visual artist, educator, Black feminist scholar, and Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate Tia-Simone Gardner about her tiny home turned mobile residency, The Inhabitation Project, and the balance between stability, mobility, and intimacy in artists' connections to place.

"Congressman Garret Graves and the Discursive Disappearance of Communities of Color in South Louisiana"

Simi Kang
The Migrationist, December 5, 2017

After returning from a year spent conducting fieldwork in Louisiana, Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate Simi Kang offers a series of questions "to illuminate how Cajuns’ access to land and other resources requires the endangerment, erasure, and movement of Indigenous nations and other communities of color."

"Rapturous Groundings: Bouchra Ouizguen’s Corbeaux and the Performance of Release"

Naimah Pétigny
Walker Magazine, November 9, 2017

"As both a dancer and performance scholar, I reflect on Corbeaux through a multiveiled lens... Through an explicitly interdisciplinary and internationalist focus, performance studies allows us to think about how our bodies move through the world, how our speech can gain significance and transform sociality, as well as the co-constitutive nature of gender, race and sexuality."

"Too Costly? The Fight for Trans Health Care in the Courts and Legislature"

Lars Z. Mackenzie
The Gender Policy Report, September 26, 2017

"So long as trans health care is framed as cosmetic, not medically necessary, or an excessive burden on state health and human services budgets, trans Medicaid recipients face impossible decisions about their health and wellbeing. Only 18% of low-income trans people have undergone any type of gender affirmation surgery. One in 3 trans people report that they’ve put off medical care because they cannot afford it. Elected officials have actively created a climate in which trans lives are devalued."

"The Afterlife of Data: Identity, Surveillance, and Capitalism in Trans Credit Reporting"

Lars Z. Mackenzie
Transgender Studies Quarterly, February 1, 2017

Credit reports, once solely used to determine individual creditworthiness, have in the past several decades become a tool for authentication processes not directly related to one's capacity to take on debt, namely, in rental housing and employment applications. When trans people change their first names to better align with their gender identities, they often become illegible to credit reporting systems. In this article, the author examines online discussion board posts about trans people's experiences with their credit reports, arguing that the issues trans people encounter illuminate the complex logics of neoliberal capitalism, predatory lending, and the “afterlife” of identification data enabled by big data surveillance.

"How to Lose the Betel Smell When You Are out of Bleaching Powder?"

Sayan Bhattacharya
Antiserious, September 12, 2017

Feminist Studies Ph.D. student Sayan Bhattacharya's provocative personal essay, "How to Lose the Betel Smell When You Are Out of Bleaching Powder?", serves to broaden our perspective of this world and to inspire. 

"Review of Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction, by andré m. carrington"

Caitlin Gunn
Souls, 2016

andré m. carrington's Speculative Blackness is an exploratory book about how speculative fiction interacts and speaks to blackness, and what black speculative endeavors can tell us about science fiction and speculative fiction as genres. carrington, an assistant professor of English at Drexel University, argues in his text through frameworks of black feminism, literary studies, fandom studies, and cultural critique, that a speculative fiction of blackness has something powerful to tell us about how speculative fiction can serve as a conduit for deepening our conversations about race and culture. Through chapters that both highlight prominent texts and figures throughout the history of black speculative fiction and that grapple with the complex theoretical implications of imagining black futures, carrington convincingly relays the importance of the black imagination. Framing the conversation about blackness and the speculative by drawing a dividing line between the whiteness of science fiction and the speculative fiction of blackness, carrington intiates a move toward re-imagining black people at the center of the discourse about speculative work.

"Hashtagging from the Margins: Women of Color Engaged in Feminist Consciousness-Raising on Twitter"

Caitlin Gunn
Women of Color and Social Media Multitasking: Blogs, Timelines, Feeds, and Community, Lexington Books, 2015

This chapter revives a second-wave feminist “consciousness-raising” framework in order to combat white feminist claims of divisiveness in women of color’s social media engagement. Highlighting women of color’s online discourse on lived experiences related to gender, race, and class, Gunn explores the expanding territory of digital activism and considers its offline political impact.

"Bodyminds Like Ours: An Autoethnographic Analysis of Graduate School, Disability and the Politics of Disclosure"

Collaboration with Angela Carter
Negotiating Disability, University of Michigan Press, December 1, 2017

Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate Angela Carter collaborated on a chapter in Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education, an anthology that "reveals the pervasiveness of disability issues and considerations within many higher education populations and settings, from classrooms to physical environments to policy impacts on students, faculty, administrators, and staff."

"Teaching with Trauma: Trigger Warnings, Feminism, and Disability Pedagogy"

Angela Carter
Disability Studies Quarterly, 2015

"The classroom ultimately stands as a site where theory meets practice, and as such a place where our material realities meet our theoretical ambitions. Thus, nothing less than a fully integrated and collaborative feminist disability approach to trauma in the classroom will be sufficient for supporting all our students."