to Jan 12

MLA 2020: Graduate Student Mentoring, a Roundtable

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Co-presented with Dr. Asha Nadkarni in a session sponsored by Modern Language Association’s Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Humanities and Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee

That women of color are precluded from the normative image of “professor” ought to be unsurprising. How, then, can early career woman of color scholars support their graduate students of color? In their short presentation, Dr. Asha Nadkarni (now associate professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Dr. Neelofer Qadir (recent PhD beginning a tenure­-stream position at University of North Caroline at Greensboro in Fall 2019) will discuss their mentor-­mentee relationship with a specific focus on what it means to mentor and be mentored in a community of women of color.

Their conversation will focus on hurdles such as the opacity around the profession’s expectations of advising relationships, and of women of color graduate students and faculty members in general. They will explore the mentoring challenges that Asha has faced and the models she has found useful (such as mutual mentoring cohorts), as well as the isolation that Neelofer confronted early in her graduate studies (being ‘conditionally accepted’), her issues with managing committee members through the exams stage, and the disproportionately high level of service commitments that accompanied her progress throughout the program. The two will discuss the specific strategies they used as overburdened women of color faculty and graduate students to build an honest relationship that made possible clear communication and allowed for targeted goal setting and structured and unstructured feedback. Finally, they will reflect upon how even though shared identities can be sites of exploitation and violence, they’ve strived to re­shape spaces of overwork into sites of collaboration toward shared intellectual and institutional goals.

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CFP for a Roundtable: Global Black Studies @ MLA 2020
to Mar 17

CFP for a Roundtable: Global Black Studies @ MLA 2020

How does the prefix "global" alter, expand, or complicate notions and practices of Black studies? Conversely, how does Black study of the world enhance understandings of the global?

300-word sketches of roundtable provocations.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, 17 March 2019

Sean Kennedy, Graduate Center, City U of New York (kennedy.sean@gmail.com ); Neelofer Qadir, U of Massachusetts, Amherst (nqadir@english.umass.edu )

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to Jan 7

South Asian Literary Association Annual Meeting 2019

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The Indian Ocean and the Past Present of Empire

The primary themes of the panel include reconstructing material histories of imperial settlement in the Global South and the trade in people, goods, and ideas both within South Asia and from outside it and back; analyzing the relationships between forms of unfree labor in the development of racial capitalism and settlement; querying the possibilities for transformative political and economic solidarities in the long wake of Third Worldism; tracing affective relations and anti-normative socialities; and utilizing the aesthetic and the literary as modes, not simply objects, of theorizing.

Dr. Nienke Boer, “Oceanic Tales, Imperial Legacies: Robinson Crusoe in the Indian Ocean”

Sean M. Kennedy, “Corruption: A Pre-History From Fanqui-Town”

Dr. Usha Rungoo, “The Shipping Container and the Human Cargo Ship: Bridging (Neo)Colonial Histories in Amal Sewtohul’s Made in Mauritius”

Neelofer Qadir, ‘Kifa Urongo’: Structures of Unfreedom in Paradise

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9:30 AM09:30

National Women's Studies Association Annual Meeting 2018


Drawing on a broad range of archives – from epistolary exchanges of solidarity to cultural production such as poetry, performance, and novels –  these presentations amplify counter-archives that interrupt the dominant narratives that have coalesced through EuroAmerican colonialisms and its handmaiden, liberalism. Through the multiplicity of these counter-archives, we articulate spaces that center and explore alternative feminist epistemologies. Each paper examines a different form of social activism that exemplifies, reimagines, and/or reinvents narratives that are silenced or ignored in government projects of state formation and capitalist accumulation.

Engaging with sub-theme six’s call to “demand abolition” of contemporary hierarchies of power and for artists to “rehears[e] futures that presently appear impossible,” this panel focuses on the cross-racial solidarities that move us beyond an ascribed set of identities fixed through imperialist discourses. Interrogating both self-representation and an assigned “Othered” status via religious, racial, gendered, and sexualized violences, presenters utilize literary, historical, and ethnographic methodologies to consider the transnational context of archive-building within a far-reaching Black, Latinx, and South Asian diasporas.

Dr. Jamele Watkins, "Performativity of Justice: Solidarity Campaigns with Angela Davis in Europe"

Neelofer Qadir, "Fugitive Archives: Critical Fabulation in Shailja Patel’s Migritude"

Dr. Lauren Silber, "Felt History: Literary Form as Geopolitical Archive in Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban"

Samina Gul Ali, "Revolutionary or Terrorist? Fiction as Counter-Archive in Giannina Braschi’s United States of Banana"

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