AGITATE! Feminist Knowledge Production Event Series: Spring 2023

AGITATE! Journal invites you to a series of virtual workshops and discussions hosted in conjunction with the “Feminist Knowledge Production” seminar taught by Professor Richa Nagar in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota.

February 9: Feminisms, Translations, Solidarities: A Workshop with the Translators and Editors of ‘The Purple Color of Kurdish Politics’ 
When: February 9, 2023, Thursday, 2:00 to 3:30pm US Central Time | 11:00pm to 12:30am Turkish Time.

A workshop on ‘Feminisms, Translations, Solidarities’ with the translators and editors of a powerful book, The Purple Color of Kurdish Politics (Pluto Books, 2022). This is a one-of-a-kind, newly translated collection of prison writings by more than 20 Kurdish women politicians. The contributors reflect on their personal and collective struggles against patriarchy and anti-Kurdish repression in Turkey. They also offer significant analyses of the radical feminist principles and practices through which they transformed the politicalstructures and state offices in which they operated.


March 23: Black Feminism and Hip Hop Pedagogy: A Workshop with Ruth Nicole Brown 
When: March 23, 2023, Thursday, 2:00 to 3:30 pm US Central Time

This workshop will be led by Prof. Ruth Nicole Brown, Chair of the Department of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. Brown’s research documents and analyzes Black girls’ lived experiences and the practical ways they make Black girlhood with those who love them. Her previous work has explored how Black girl’s conceptualize freedom, creativity, and relationships in Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT). Brown founded SOLHOT in 2006 as a collective space to celebrate Black girlhood and to date it remains her most cherished and consistent practice of meeting Black girls face to face and heart to heart.  SOLHOT has received support from The Novo Foundation (2018-2021), campus grants, Champaign-Urbana institutions, and those who actively participate. A Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellow (2019-2020), Brown’s Black Girl Genius Week (BGGW) exhausts the rituals of SOLHOT to widen the cipher and experience the imaginative capabilities and artistry that only occurs when Black girls and women are together as homegirls. BGGW has taken place in central Illinois (2014, 2016, & 2019), Columbia, SC (2019 & 2020), and Chicago, IL (2019 & 2020).


March 30: Poetry, Academia, and Feminist Knowledge-Making: A Workshop with Celina Su 
When: March 30, 2023, Thursday,  2:00 to 3:30 pm US Central Time

This workshop lingers with the feelings, sensorial observations, metaphors, and other ineffable or elusive dimensions of our work as social researchers. In this workshop, we take notes and details of these dimensions seriously; we attempt to center them, rather than sweep them away to our footnotes or off the pages of our academic writing. Sometimes, by heightening and resensitizing ourselves to language and juxtaposition, we can then dwell anew with uncertainty and possibility. Together, we will reflect on and engage poetry as a mode of inquiry, and feminist poetics as a practice of care.

Prof. Celina Su was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and lives in Brooklyn, part of unceded Lenapehoking. Her first book of poetry, Landia, was published by Belladonna* in 2018. Her writing includes two poetry chapbooks, three books on the politics of social policy and civil society, and pieces in the New York Times Magazine, n+1, Harper’s, and elsewhere. Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York.

*Registrants will receive updates about AGITATE! publications and future events via email.