Desiring Alliance and Complex Translations in Activist Research: An Interview with Richa Nagar
Amazing interview with Prof. Richa Nagar, whose work I am just encountering for the first time; it arrives not a moment too soon for me, as I am in the final long lunges of a third draft of my dissertation proposal. This helps me get what I am doing!
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Summary: Reflecting on her activist research with a people’s movement in India, Richa Nagar (Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, co-author of Playing With Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism Through Seven Lives in India) shares stories about the importance of developing ethical relationships of trust and affect. Within and against the politics of NGOization and caste divisions, she highlights the roles of imagination, desiring, and translation in intersectional alliance work. From experiencing tensions between her positions as an activist and an academic, she notes common problems of institutionalization in both social movements and the university, and offers guidance for engaging with contradictions while maintaining some sense of security in the margins.
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