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We Belong to the Land

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by Antônio Bispo dos Santos Translated by Carmela Zigoni1 I. When I provoke a debate about colonization, the quilombos2, their manners and their meanings, I do not want to position myself as a thinker. Instead, I am positioning myself as a translator. My elders formed me first through orality, but they put me in school…

Caatinga, Hierarchies, and Pandemics

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by Antônio Bispo dos Santos   Video Commentary from Carmela Zigoni: Quilombolas in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic Throughout the pandemic, quilombolas have been fighting against invisibility and for specific public policies that respect their culture and the vulnerability of their communities. However, they have been systematically victimized by institutional racism. The Covid-19 pandemic…

Doing History through Art: An Opening

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By Ponni Arasu and Kamala Vasuki *This is the first installment in the ongoing series Holding Movements, Agitating Epistemes convened and co-edited by Ponni Arasu and Richa Nagar.* What does it mean to document history? What does it mean to document the history of a place that has lived through a prolonged war? What does…

I Want to Tell a Story: An (Alleged) Exercise in Knowledge Production

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By A Adams For the record, this is an attempt at engaging knowledge production through non-academic means, produced for a Feminist Knowledge Production Seminar taught by Richa Nagar at the University of Minnesota in Spring 2023. In it, I ask: how do we produce knowledge from precarity? What actually generates the means by which we…

Exodus from Ireland

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Marwan Makhoul Hindi translation by Richa Nagar | Urdu translation by Abdul Aijaz & Gwendolyn Kirk I arrived in Ireland and my coat cried out:You’ve gone abroad, my friend, but left me at home!Perhaps it was an omen,for missiles were embracing over my familyin Galilee, when I weakened and accepted Annemarie’s invitation.I came to read…

Palestinian in Hiroshima

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By Mazin Qumsiyeh   I and Oliver Stone both spoke at Hiroshima on the anniversary of the first nuclear bombing in human history and we are slated to speak in two days at Nagasaki on the anniversary of the second nuclear attack. My speech is below in English (I will send the Japanese version later). These…

The Power of ‘Ordinary Conversations’: A Review of Madhumita Dutta’s ‘Mobile Girls Koottam’

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By Nithya Rajan Feminist research is increasingly moving towards collaborative research methodologies that center the experiences, voices, and knowledge of the people being written about and disrupt the  researcher-researched dynamic through a dialogic process. Even so, very rarely are we presented  with unanalysed narratives and stories of those whose lives we seek to understand. Madhumita …

Black Feminism and Hip Hop Pedagogy: A Workshop by Ruth Nicole Brown

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As part of AGITATE! Journal’s Feminist Knowledge Production Series, we invited Ruth Nicole Brown—scholar, artist, and member of AGITATE! Editorial Board— to conduct a workshop titled Black Feminism and Hip Hop Pedagogy on March 23, 2023. In the workshop, whose recording we present here, Professor Brown draws on her research on Black girls’ lived experiences…

Progressive South Asians Solidarity Statement for Bangladesh’s Student Protesters

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21 July 2024 Progressive South Asians stand in solidarity with Bangladesh’s students who are protesting the quota system. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Bangladeshi government’s violent response to these peaceful protests, the communication blackout, and the ongoing curfew. The government’s repression has led to state forces murdering at least over 100 protesters in total as of…

Conversations on Tamil Feminist Theater, hosted by Marappachi Theater (Part 1)

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This is the first installment in a two-part series on Tamil Feminist Theater We live in a time when conflict and destruction are no longer the exception but the norm. It may be natural disasters or conflicts created by State and non-state institutions and individuals. It often feels like a dark cloud is looming over…

Deadly Iran Sanctions: Lessons Learned from Iraq and Palestine, By No Sanctions on Iran Coalition

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On March 16, AGITATE! co-sponsored a webinar by No Sanctions on Iran Coalitions to discuss the deadly effects of sanctions and embargoes on Iraqi, Iranian, and Palestinian peoples. This conversation, featuring Jadaliyya co-editor Noura Erakat, Zainab Saleh, Negar Mortazavi, and Assal Rad, provides a means by which to better contextualize current geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East and the broader…

Diversity is being alone

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By Tamar Shirinian   Diversity is being alone. Because it’s so great that you are so passionate about it and it’s so important, said she and it’s so important, said he and it’s so important, said they. We are so glad you are doing diversity. It must be true because it can be heard in…

When the Functional is Political is Personal …Witnessing the Many Battles of Geeli Pucchi’s Bharati Mandal

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By Drishadwati Bargi In Indian cinema, we have encountered morally ambiguous lovers before. In Vishal Bharadwaj’s 2004 classic Maqbool, we see a relentlessly scheming Nimmi (played by the inimitable Tabu), flirting and courting with her lover/patron’s aide, treacherously aiding the former’s murder, and unleashing a tragedy that ultimately consumes everyone. We have seen the same…

Conversations on Tamil Feminist Theater, hosted by Marappachi Theater (Part 2)

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This is the second installment in a two-part series on Tamil Feminist Theater We live in a time when conflict and destruction are no longer the exception but the norm. It may be natural disasters or conflicts created by State and non-state institutions and individuals. It often feels like a dark cloud is looming over…

Mrtve ne treba micati / The dead should not be moved

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By Monika Herceg   Šifra: KEPLER MRTVE NE TREBA MICATI (“Žene spadaju među najteže kolateralne žrtve pandemije koronavirusom”) Likovi: P (majka troje djece, žrtva obiteljskog nasilja) K (prijateljica koja dolazi biti potpora P.)    /U dnevnom boravku za stolom sjede dvije žene. Rano je jutro. Malo dalje od njih leži tijelo muškarca u krvi. /…

A Collective Engagement with Critical Kashmir Studies

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The Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies (New York: Routledge, 2022) edited by Mona Bhan, Haley Duschinski & Deepti Misri By A. Adams, Missy Drew, Fatemeh Nasr Esfahani, Leith Ghuloum, Anna Goorevich, Natasha Hernández, Nina Kaushikkar, Vaishnavi Kollimarla, Pauline Maison-Dessemme, Nada Mohamed, Tahmina Sobat, Allie Thek, Nithya Rajan, and Richa Nagar Let me cry out…

Rest

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by Amoke Kubat   These times; Coronavirus now called COVID-19. The whole world is on lockdown. People are fearful, confused, defiant and restless. Somebody must have cried out from the wilderness, “What next, God?” I asked myself privately, “Is this when Hell freezes over?” I am sleepless with such questions. I am concerned but not…

My Palestinian Poem that “The New Yorker” Wouldn’t Publish

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by Fady Joudah This piece was originally published in the LA Review of Books on June 7, 2021. RemoveYou who remove me from my houseare blind to your pastwhich never leaves you,yet you’re no moleto smell and sense what’s being doneto me now by you.Now, dilatory, attritional so that the pastis climate change and not…

‘We are part of the tapestry’: Black Iranians launch collective

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by Behdad Mahichi (from Aljazeera)   She sits with an air of reflection, a tea in one hand, staring into the moon over the Gulf through the window. Next to her are two books, one titled Iranian. The second one is opened – and on a fresh page she has written down and underlined the…

Black Men’s Stories, By Peter London Global Dance Company

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with commentary from Terrence Pride Upon the backs of our ancestors we journey forward, as the light and fire they held for us expands into a greater present and still greater future.  We must not let them down! Remember the tremendous brutality of mind, body, and spirit, they endured, that which still continues. Honor and…

Doing History Through Art: The Story of the Green Glasses

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By Kamala Vasuki and Ponni Arasu *This is the second offering by Ponni Arasu and Kamala Vasuki in the Doing History Through Art cluster of the multi-part series Holding Movements, Agitating Epistemes: Remembering, Retelling, and Dreaming for Justice convened and co-edited by Richa Nagar and Ponni Arasu.* Vasuki and I are living through the worst…

Weaving ‘Trans-Communal Solidarities’: Responses and Reflections to AGITATE! Volume 4

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By Tahmina Sobat and Vaishnavi KollimarlaWith AGITATE! Editorial Collective, Participants in Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) graduate seminar on Ways of Knowing: Approaches to Knowledge and Truth (Fall 2022), Contributors to Volume 4 of AGITATE! Journal, and other speakers at Volume 4 launch.1   Over these past two years, the authors…

कुठली मेथडॉलॉजी… Which Methodology…

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by विनायक लष्कर (Vinayak Lashkar)   कुठली मेथडॉलॉजी… -विनायक लष्कर कुठली मेथडॉलॉजी वापरून आमच्या जिवंतपणाचं तुम्ही संशोधन करताय गुर्जीतुमच्या मेलेल्या सिद्धांतांनीआमचं जिवंत असणं कधीच नाकारून टाकलंय…संख्या फेकण्यात तर तुम्ही सराईत तज्ञ आहात गुर्जीपण कोणत्या पद्धती वापरून तुम्ही करणार आहातआमच्या शोषलेल्या रक्ताचं गुणात्मक विश्लेषण…संशोधन पेपरांचे तर तुम्ही ढिगावर ढिग रचतच चाललाय गुर्जीपण आमच्या घामाची शाई तुम्हाला कधीच उमटवता येणार नाही कागदावर…राष्ट्रीय, आंतरराष्ट्रीय पातळीवर टाय कोट…

NAPM Yuva Samvad: Young People’s Political Persecution and Resistance | NAPM युवा संवाद: युवाओं का राजनीतिक उत्पीड़न और प्रतिरोध

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This article is a summary of the National Alliance of People’s Movements‘ month-long campaign on ‘Young People’s Political Persecution and Resistance’ that took place in July 2021. This summary was originally published on NAPM Yuva Samvad:Towards Deepening Dialogues, Diversity and Democratic Values. In solidarity with all comrades facing political persecution and remembering human rights defender…

Shimu–Made in Bangladesh: A story of women’s struggles

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By Elora Halim Chowdhury Rubaiyat Hossain’s Shimu—Made in Bangladesh,[1]Shimu—Made in Bangladesh was jointly produced by France, Denmark, Portugal, and Bangladesh. The main financing came from international grants from CNC, Eurimages, Sørfond+, and the Danish Film … Continue reading which had made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019, finally had its premiere in…

Selected Poems and Short Stories on Palestine

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By Najwa Juma This publication of selected unedited poems and short stories by Najwa Juma was produced in November 2023. Edited by selma banich, designed by Áron Lődi, and supported by a group of fellows of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.