Emina Buzinkic

Ph.D. student, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of MinnesotaTransbalkan solidarityImagining Transnational Solidarities Research Circle Fellow (ITSRC) Emina explores barefoot the intersections of refuge-ness, racist and classist formations, education-scapes, and political resistances in solidarity. Her work revolves around the critical understanding of border regimes through interplay of the police violence and refugees’ resistance to restrictions of freedom of movement. Emina’s research focuses on the inscriptions of regimes of criminalization of refugee youth in schooling and everyday life as a result of state surveillance and transnational securitization politics. Emina is deeply annoyed by capitalistic and neoliberal organization of the economy of…

Samira Musleh

PhD Candidate, Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota Samira Musleh is a PhD Candidate in Communication Studies with a minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies. Her research interest lies in the intersection(s) of gender, religion, and decoloniality. Samira’s current work focuses on unpaid labor, social and biological reproduction, non-capitalist economies, marriage and family laws, and Muslim societies as a way of questioning dominant notions of work and public/private dichotomies and conceptualizing equitable and non-exploitative conditions for domestic labor. 

Abraham Seda

Abraham is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Minnesota. His work focuses on sport, recreation and leisure in colonial Zimbabwe and Africa. Through his research, Abraham conceptualizes African modifications of boxing not just as a protest or resistance, but as a fundamental rejection of the aspirational ideals of western pastimes and games. Under colonial rule, boxing and ideas of ‘sportsmanship’ were instrumentalized as tools of cultural imperialism and the creation of the ‘ideal colonial subject’. Abraham’s research articulates how African boxing ultimately became a potent form of cultural expression which contested colonial notions of ‘fair play’ and…

Sima Shakhsari

Sima’s work has been shaped by experiences of living through a revolution, a war, and displacement. Multiple itineraries, from Tehran to San Francisco, Oakland, Toronto, Houston, suburbs of Boston, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis have inspired Sima’s activism, poetry, and scholarship on immigration, queerness, refugeedom, and geopolitics. Sima’s commitment to social justice is informed by the relationship between people’s struggles transnationally. To learn more about Sima’s work, click ‘Sima Shakhsari’ above.

Elizabeth Sumida Huaman

The granddaughter of humble farmers with great love for their homelands, Indigenous educational researcher Elizabeth Sumida Huaman works to fulfill her ancestors’ visions for a beautiful world. She is Wanka/Quechua from the Mantaro Valley, Peru, and associate professor of Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her work focuses on the relationship between Indigenous lands and natural resources, cultural practices, and in and out-of-school educational development in the Americas.

Hale Konitshek

Hale is a lecturer and PhD candidate in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Situated between political theory and feminist philosophy, their research attends to the junctions and conflicts of nationalism, archives, exhumation and testimony to document and name violence in Guatemala. They have been a gender violence victim advocate in St. Paul, Minnesota for four years. In addition to advocacy, research, and teaching, Hale is a creative writer and musician.

Beaudelaine Pierre

Beaudelaine Pierre est née et a grandi en Haïti. Son premier roman Testaman a remporté le premier prix du Concours de Roman en Créole du journal Bon Nouvèl. En 2012, elle a coédité avec Nataša Ďurovičová, How to Write an Earthquake, une anthologie sur le tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010 en Haïti. Pierre vit aujourd’hui à Saint-Paul, Minnesota avec ses deux enfants, Max en Annie.

Zaynab Asmal

Zaynab Asmal is a History Access scholar at the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. She is currently completing her third comic book, this time for her masters in history, focusing on social science pedagogy in secondary schools. Outside of the university space, she can be found organising cosplay events at pop culture events around Cape Town or working on her book.  

Koni Benson

Koni Benson is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Since 2006 she has been coproducing life histories of self-organization and unfolding political struggles of collective resistance against displacement and for access to land and public services (such as water, housing, and education) in South Africa. She is committed to creative approaches to history that link art, activism, and African history, and draws on critical approaches to people’s history projects, popular education, and feminist collaborative research praxis in her work with various student, activist, and cultural collectives in southern…

Abhay Xaxa

Abhay Xaxa was born and brought up in Jashpur District of Chhattisgarh. An Adivasi Rights Activist and Sociologist by training, Abhay has worked with grassroots organisations, campaigns, NGO’s, media, and research institutions in different capacities on the issue of Adivasi land rights in central India. He is also the National Convenor at National Campaign on Adivasi Rights.

Antonádia Borges

Antonádia Borges is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Brasilia. She does research along with popular ethnographers who dedicate their daily lives to theorize, understand and challenge capitalism and State capture. In places like Brazil and South Africa, it has been among young people but mainly women that she has acknowledged how modernist and developmentalist machines enhance racism and segregation. Her main effort is to teach and spread challenging perspectives and diverging political stances from peripheral worlds and ontologies on issues like land, housing, and education.

Janani Eswar

Janani is the co-founder of GRIN, a social enterprise that plays to connect children to nature. At the age of 12, Janani stepped out of mainstream education and started homeschooling with her family. In the journey of unlearning, she explored the philosophies of Nai Talim, J. Krishnamurthy, John Holt and many more. She spent the next four years exploring theatre, communication skills, English Literature, Visual Arts and Psychology. She mentored under Dr.Ganesh Babu of FRLHT and Karthikeyan Srinivasan in developing Naturalist studies. At 16, she started working with ArtyPlantz, running programs to inspire people to love plants. Very quickly she…

Daanish Mustafa

Daanish Mustafa is a Professor in Critical Geography, at the Department of Geography, King’s College, London. His research interests have been in water resources, environmental hazards, development and critical geographies of violence and terror. He has published extensively on these topics in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as in popular publication outlets. He has in particular been interested in how social theoretical insights can contribute towards pragmatic pathways for emancipatory politics and struggles, especially in the context of access to water and vulnerability to hazards. Geographically his research has been on South Asia, but he has also undertaken funded research…

Josinelma Rolande

Josinelma Rolande is a doctoral student in Anthropology from the University of Brasilia and Professor at IFMA – Maranhão Institute of Education, Science and Technology. She holds a master’s degree in Social Sciences and a degree in Artistic Education, with a degree in Fine Arts, from the Federal University of Maranhão. She has been doing research in the area of ​​Indigenous Ethnology.

Raquel Chaves

Raquel Chaves is a Tupinambá indigenous. She is a doctoral student in  Anthropology from University of Brasilia. She holds a master’s degree in Botanic.

Matheus Caetano

Matheus Caetano is an undergraduate student of Anthropology at the University of Brasilia. He does research in the area of ​​ethnobiography and is interested in the relations between psychology, literature and anthropology.

Sarah Almeida

Sarah Almeida holds a master’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a degree in anthropology from University of Brasilia. She has done research on images and bodies and leads her academic and personal interests to think about new and other counter-narratives.

Ola Saad Znad

Ola is an architect, practicing architecture in both fields of design and research. Ola is currently working as cultural representative in Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities. Ola was born in Baghdad and left Iraq because of the war when she was 10 years old. She moved to Bahrain with her family, where she continued her education and graduated with honors from University of Bahrain in 2018. During the course of her studies, she grew a deep interest in urban design and cities. Honoring her Iraqi roots, Ola has designed an urban pedestrian bridge in Baghdad as her final year…

Katayoun Amjadi

Katayoun is an Iranian-born and Minneapolis-based artist. Her art is an attempt to understand the relationship between past and present, tradition and modernity, and individual versus collective identity, as well as to spur discussion about our understanding of time and the tangled roots of our histories.

Vishal Jamkar

Born in a picturesque small town in coastal Maharashtra, Vishal travelled places and themes to find meaning of his identity in relation to society, and he is yet to arrive at any shore. Vishal is a technocrat turned community-mobiliser turned researcher working on issues of caste, indigeneity, forest, and livelihoods – especially how these identities and themes get subsumed in broad growth and development paradigms.    Vishal has worked with a non-profit in India, PRADAN, and with indigenous and Dalit women’s federations and cooperatives in Central India. He is currently pursuing his graduate studies from Humphrey School of Public Affairs,…

Jacinta Kerketta

Jacinta Kerketta is a poet, writer, and freelance journalist, belonging to an Oraon Adivasi community of West Singhbhum district. She writes in Hindi. In her poems, Jacinta highlights the injustices committed on the Adivasi communities, along with their struggles. Her poems are also important cultural and artistic documents of Adivasi worldviews. Jacinta is the author of two bi-lingual (Hindi and English) full-length collections of poems – Angor (Adivani, Kolkata) and Jadon Ki Zameen (Bharatiya Jnanpith, New Delhi). She sits on the editorial board of AGITATE! Unsettling Knowledges.

Sophie Oldfield

University of Cape Town and University of Basel Professor of Urban StudiesAfrican Centre for Cities, University of Cape TownUrban Studies, University of Basel Sophie Oldfield co-designed and now teaches in two new innovative urban studies post-graduate programs. Her research explores informality and the politics of urban governance, paying close attention to political practice and everyday urban geographies and ways in which citizens and organized movements engage and contest the state. Built in varied forms of collaborative research practice, her research challenges how academics work in and between ‘university’ and ‘community’. Commitment to this collaborative approach lies at the heart of…

Rita Ponce De León

Visual Artist Nací en Lima, Perú, 1982. Vivo en la Ciudad de México. Trabajo principalmente a partir de experiencias de diálogo dando lugar a reflexiones conjuntas acerca de la realidad que nos atañe. Me involucro en situaciones que permitan, a través de procesos artísticos y de aprendizaje, la generación de vínculos humanos francos, aún sean éstos efímeros, para lo cual me han sido útiles los encuentros intuitivos que el cuerpo permite. Me he acercado a prácticas como la danza Butoh (de origen japonés) y en general al trabajo en talleres  que abordan cuerpo y movimiento como detonantes de conocimiento. Decanto esta…

Ahmed K. Ali

My name is Ahmed, named after my grandmother’s heart. I grew up in a village with a Persian name, palm trees that disturbs clouds and lots of sand. I have found roads that felt like infinity with writing, I began to walk barefoot on these roads and I never stopped walking.

Richa Nagar

Professor of the CollegeRussell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in ExcellenceBeverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal ArtsUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities Richa writes, organizes, performs, shares, and builds in whatever languages, genres, and modes of learning are available to her. She has studied and worked in the US since 1989, but feels most alive when she is immersed in the thick honey of the everyday Urdu, Hindi, and Awadhi that she grew up with in the narrow lanes of Old Lucknow. An anti-disciplinary border-crosser, she believes in agitating stabilized ways of knowing and telling through collective creativity. Richa…

Colin W. Wingate

Student, English literature, University of Minnesota Colin W. Wingate is student of English literature at the University of Minnesota. Drawing inspiration from Black Feminist Thought, Black Studies, Caribbean Thought, Black Queer studies, and Black Performance studies, his work looks at how Black peoples improvise their being (via writing/movement), to break with the genre of “human.” His research ask how can we read invention/improvisation as imagining towards a new alternative life-forms and ways of being that not only unsettles colonial/anti-Black reality, but also our own investment in being human entangled in resisting death and achieving freedom.

Ericka A. Lara Ovares

MD, MPH student in Public Health Policy and Administration Ericka is a physician from Costa Rica who has dedicated her early career to the research of different illnesses in the field of Ears, Nose and Throat at the University of Minnesota Otolaryngology Department and the Ears, Nose and Throat Clinic of Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). She is currently a second-year master’s student at the School of Public Health pursuing her degree in Public Health Policy and Administration and is an Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change (ICGC) Fellow Scholar. During her time as a student at the University of Minnesota,…

Sarah Saddler

PhD Candidate and Doctoral Fellow, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Minnesota Sarah Saddler is a PhD Candidate and Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Minnesota. Her primary research examines the use of theatrical performance in the global workplace, with a focus on contemporary India. Her work, which tracks how multinational corporations deploy dramatic traditions and techniques in the service of human capital formation, can be seen in RIDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (2017) and in Precariousness and Performances of Welfare (Routledge, 2019).

Dia Da Costa

Professor of Social Justice and International Studies in Education, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta Dia Da Costa’s research analyzes the complex relationship of activism in contemporary India to state violence and development discourses. She is the author of Politicizing Creative Economy: Activism and a Hunger called Theatre (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and Development Dramas: Reimagining Rural Political Action in Eastern India(Routledge, 2009). Her recent research has moved toward the study of the ways in which South Asian communities in Canada name, challenge, and reproduce state violence.

Pramila Vasudevan

Choreographer, Founder and Artistic Director of Aniccha Arts Pramila Vasudevan is a choreographer and a creator of community rooted/routed transdisciplinary work. Vasudevan is the founder and Artistic Director of Aniccha Arts (2004), an experimental arts collaborative producing site-specific performances that examine agency, voice, and group dynamics within community histories, institutions, and systems. Vasudevan is a 2017 Guggenheim fellow and a 2016 McKnight fellow in choreography. Major influences and teachers include Dr. Bala Nandakumar, Roshan Vajifdar Ghosh, Ranee Ramaswamy, Nirmala Rajasekar, Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, Piotr Szyhalski, and Steve Dietz.  In addition to her own practice, Vasudevan is the Director of Naked…

Sara Musaifer

Ph.D. CandidateComparative & International Development Education (CIDE)University of Minnesota Sara was raised along the shores of two archipelagoes, Bahrain and the Philippines, with songs and stories of moon-swallowing whales, mountains bursting into flames, and giants reigning over ancient plains. Focusing on K-12 education in Bahrain, Sara’s research crosses multiple borders to bring into question the intertwining histories and structural conditions producing a particular knowledge about the desired girl citizen-subject. Through girls’ enactments of political agency and imaginations of success, Sara also traces how they creatively engage with this knowledge and move past its rationales and scripts. In her other life,…

Ghadeer Alkhenaizi

Architect, researcher, and adjunct lecturerUniversity of Bahrain Ghadeer Alkhenaizi is an architect, a researcher, and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Bahrain in Sakhir, Bahrain. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Bahrain in 2015. In 2016, and following several years of practice in Bahrain, she received a Fulbright grant to pursue a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, focusing on sustainable design. Ghadeer is deeply interested in tracing and braiding the interplay between social human activity and sustainable design, especially within the housing sector. Throughout her research, pedagogy…

Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (SKMS)

Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (SKMS) is a people’s movement in Sitapur District of Uttar Pradesh in India. It emerged from Sangtin, a group formed by rural women to enable them to shape the processes of development at all levels. The SKMS saathis or members are mainly marginal farmers or landless laborers in rural Sitapur. More than 90 percent of the approximately 8000 voluntary saathis identify as Dalit, with women and men being equally active in the Sangathan. The overall planning is done by a 45-member core group. Working through collective action, SKMS has led many struggles in the District, e.g.,…

Juliana Vélez

Ph.D. student, Conservation Sciences DepartmentUniversity of Minnesota Juliana Vélez is a PhD student in Conservation Sciences at the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology of the University of Minnesota. She received a Fulbright Scholarship (2017-2022) for doctoral studies, the Russell E. Train Fellowship from the World Wildlife Fund (2017) and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Fellowship from the University of Minnesota. Her PhD project will be focused on improving wildlife management by addressing coupled human and natural systems in the Colombian Orinoquía Region. She will collect satellite telemetry and vegetation data that can be used…

Keavy McFadden

Ph.D. candidate, Department of GeographyUniversity of Minnesota Drawing on urban geography, critical education studies, and feminist methodologies, Keavy’s Ph.D. research explores the centrality of education landscapes to imaginations, negotiations, and enactments of urban futures in Chicago. Her work asks: how do competing visions for Chicago’s future manifest and materialize in education infrastructure, political practices, and cultural representations? And why do education and educational practices take such a central role in the production of urban space and anticipatory politics in Chicago? Through her work, Keavy explores how narrow conceptions of education politics within geography might be productively expanded beyond formal schooling…

Tarun Kumar

Actor, Director, Screen-writer TARUN KUMAR is an actor, director, and screen-writer who loves to create plays and films. He has been working in the performing arts in India for over three decades. Since 2007, Tarun has collaborated with Richa Nagar and the Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (Sangtin Farmers and Laborers Organization) in Uttar Pradesh to create plays and short films for mobilizing people around agrarian political questions and around questions of domination, representation, and justice. The work has continued to evolve in multiple sites, including Lucknow, Minneapolis, and Mumbai, and led in 2008 to the co-founding of ‘Parakh’ for approaching sociopolitical analysis…

Julie Santella

PhD candidate, Department of Geography, Environment and SocietyUniversity of Minnesota Julie is a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on struggles over resource extraction, particularly gold and uranium mining, in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. In this, she critiques the various ways that non-Indigenous worldviews attempt to minimize, eliminate, and otherwise do violence to Lakota knowledges of their ancestral homelands. Julie lives in Rapid City, SD, in the shadow of the beautiful Black Hills. She considers it an honor to live and work alongside creative, brilliant defenders of Lakota sovereignty.

Naimah Petigny

Ph.D. candidate, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies University of Minnesota Naimah Petigny is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Naimah was involved with youth-led racial justice organizing from an early age. Naimah received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Women’s Studies and Sociology from Vassar College in 2014. Situated amongst the fields of Black Feminist Theory, Queer of Color Critique and Performance Studies, her dissertation-in-progress theorizes contemporary black being in and through sites of protest and performance. Her research…

Sandra Rellier

Ph.D. candidate, Hispanic & Lusophone Literatures and Culture University of Minnesota Sandra Rellier is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic & Lusophone Literatures and culture at the University of Minnesota. She also received a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on recovering the memories of the French and Spanish pied-noirs and the Portuguese retornados, who were forced to leave the African colonies after independence. In her dissertation project, she shows that there is a discernible discourse of memory among European ‘returnees,’ which goes beyond national boundaries and creates a “Returnee Diaspora.”

Siddharth Bharath

Ph.D. candidate, Department of Ecology, Evolution and BehaviorUniversity of Minnesota Siddharth Bharath is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. He is curious about the world we live in, how our natural and social systems and histories intertwine, intersect and grow together. His dissertation research is in the field of plant community ecology, focusing on how variation in rainfall and soil nutrient availability affect the stability of grassland plant communities. He did his schooling, undergraduate and Master’s degree in India. As an activist and community organizer, he is actively exploring the…

SeungGyeong Ji

PhD candidate, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies University of Minnesota SeungGyeong Ji is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Ji’s dissertation work is about the abortion politics in South Korea which has historically intermingled with the U.S. population control governance during  the Cold War. Ji has been a member of Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center (KSVRC) since 2005 and volunteered for the Speak Out of the survivors of sexual violence. Ji published “A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: Abortion Death Rituals in South Korea” in Religion and…