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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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Translated Fragments, Fragmented Translations

Translated Fragments, Fragmented Translations

(p.23) 1. Translated Fragments, Fragmented Translations
Muddying the Waters

Richa Nagar

University of Illinois Press

This chapter draws attention to the ways in which a commitment to radical vulnerability can enable and enrich politically engaged alliance work, and the particular ways in which affect and trust empower translations across borders. It presents excerpts of letters, conversations, poems, and narratives from contexts that might seem disjointed and disparate on the surface but that tell stories—of encounters, events, and relationships—that have enabled the arguments made in the rest of this book. These fragments also point to the intense entanglements between autobiography and politics, and seek to initiate a discussion on feminist praxis that commits itself to learning and unlearning by inserting one's body—individually and collectively—into the process of knowledge making and the generative challenges that such insertion poses for imagining storytelling and engagement across socioeconomic, geographical, and institutional borders.

Keywords:   radical vulnerability, alliance work, autobiography, politics, feminism, knowledge making, storytelling

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