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Solidarity Statements

Statement in Support of the Iranian People’s Protests

October 10, 2022

By Faculty and Students at the University of Minnesota As faculty and graduate students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, we stand in solidarity with the Iranian people who are outraged by the mysterious death of Mahsa (Jina) Amini, a 22-year old Kurdish woman, who was killed while in the custody of the Iranian…

Statement in Support of Bilkis Bano’s Continuing Struggle For Justice!

August 24, 2022

This statement was released on 18 September 2022 by a number of civil rights and social justice organizations (listed below) as well as activists and citizens. AGITATE! stands in solidarity with Bilkis Bano and the organizations, groups, and individuals who are agitating with her. 20 YEARS AFTER HORRIFIC GANG-RAPE AND MASS MURDERS IN GUJARAT, ABOUT…

Partnerships

An important partnership that supports AGITATE!’s work is that with the Imagining Transnational Solidarities Research Circle (ITSRC). ITSRC is a research collaborative that works to: (a) deepen our understanding of violence against refugees, immigrants, and U.S. communities of color, and recognize our own complicities and responsibilities in relation to it; and (b) help create just futures for those whose humanity is undermined by laws and sentiments that justify such violence. One of the core questions that guides ITSRC across sites of scholarship, activism, and art is whether Islamophobic violence is an isolated event that has emerged after September 11, 2001 in the “global north,” or whether Islamophobia as a part and parcel of colonialism, settler colonialism, and the rise of the security state in the global south and the global north alike. ITSRC grapples intersectionally with relationships between settler colonialism in the Americas, colonialism in South Asia, and settler colonialism and imperialism in the Southwest Asia and North Africa (Middle East). AGITATE! works in close partnership with ITSRC.

Events

Woman Life Freedom: A Conversation on the Protests in Iran

September 27, 2022

Please join the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota for a conversation with Professors Minoo Moallem, Fatemeh Sadeghi, and Yalda Hamidi about the protests in Iran. The panelists will address circumstances that have led to the protests, politics of representation, and feminist organizing in Iran. This event is co-sponsored…

Movie Screening and panel discussion: Maadathy: An Unfairy Tale

August 12, 2021

“Maadathy” unfolds the story of an adolescent girl born in an “unseeable” slave caste group but refuses to be defined by it. When: 15 October 2021, 9:15 -11:45 am (CDT) Hosts: GWSS and AGITATE! Unsettling Knowledges Panelists: Leena Manimekalai (Director and writer), Ajmina Kassim (Actor), Semmalar Annam (Actor), Bhavana Goparaju (Producer), Prof. Jebaroja Singh (St.…

Sowing and cultivating solidarities: Imagining transnational and translocal solidarities through research and pedagogy

August 12, 2021

Link to Zoom recording of event “Sowing and cultivating solidarities: Imagining transnational and translocal solidarities through research and pedagogy” seeks to advance the collaborative work of envisioning and enacting scholarly, artistric, and pedagogical practices in search of justice. Jointly organized by the Imagining Transnational Solidarities Research Circle (ITSRC) and AGITATE!: Unsettling Knowledges, this symposium aims…

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