Violets and Crucibles: Impressions of Forough Farrokhzad
The Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad (1934-1967) had a short, difficult, and stubbornly secret life. This talk reads in and around Farrokhzad’s work, in translation and in relation to some personal family histories, as a way of thinking about diaspora, displacement, and the uses of intimate knowledge for literary criticism.
The Story of a Theory: Coming to Black and Trans Thought
This talk will concern not so much a conveyance of the speaker’s theorizing in black studies, trans studies, and black feminism; rather, it will share the surrounding narrative journey of how such theorizing emerged at the personal, epistemological, and relational level. In short, this talk will tell the story of how the speaker came to think and theorize the radical nexus of blackness, black feminism, and transness.