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Muddying the WatersCoauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism$
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Richa Nagar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038792

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038792.001.0001

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Representation, Accountability, and Collaborative Border Crossings

Representation, Accountability, and Collaborative Border Crossings

Moving Beyond Positionality

(p.105) 4. Representation, Accountability, and Collaborative Border Crossings
Muddying the Waters

Richa Nagar

University of Illinois Press

This chapter is a revised version of an article originally written between 2002 and 2003 in consultation with Farah Ali (an alias) and what was then called the Sangtin Samooh, or Sangtin women's collective, of Sitapur District in India. It argues for a postcolonial and transnational feminist praxis that focuses on (a) conceptualizing and implementing collaborative efforts that insist on crossing difficult borders; (b) the sites, strategies, and skills deployed to produce such collaborations; and (c) the specific processes through which such collaborations might find their form, content, and meaning. To ground this discussion, it draws on two collaborative initiatives that the author undertook in Uttar Pradesh—the first with “Farah Ali,” a Muslim woman who shared her life story in the aftermath of 9/11 with an explicit aim of reentering the United States with her daughter; the second with members of the Mahila Samakhya Programme in Sitapur, who were beginning to imagine the future of the organization, Sangtin. The chapter ends with a poem that confronts the limits of critique that academics undertake.

Keywords:   Sitapur District, Sangtin women's collective, reflexivity, feminist praxis, Muslim woman

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