Contours of Identity Workshop
March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Contours of Identity: Deconstructing & (Re) Mapping ‘Asian Americans’ Workshop
- Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi is a scholar, writer, and filmmaker whose work engages critical refugee studies, settler colonial studies, and transpacific studies. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA. Dr. Gandhi’s book manuscript, tentatively entitled “Archipelago of Resettlement: Vietnamese Refugee Settlers in Guam and Israel-Palestine,” examines the Vietnamese refugee diaspora in Guam and Israel-Palestine as a means to trace two forms of critical geography: first, archipelagos of empire — how the Vietnam War is linked to US military build-up in Guam and unwavering support of Israel; and second, corresponding archipelagos of resistance — how Chamorro decolonization efforts and Palestinian liberation struggles are connected via the Vietnamese refugee figure. Her second book-length project, “Revisiting the Southern Question: South Korea, South Vietnam, and the American South,” maps transnational intimacies and strange affinities between these three spaces marked by US militarism, civil war, and what Gramsci referred to as a “southern politics.”
- Loubna Qutami is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UCLA. Qutami is a former President’s Postdoctoral Fellow from the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (2018-2020) and received her PhD from the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside (2018). Qutami’s research examines transnational Palestinian youth movements after the 1993 Oslo Accords through the 2011 Arab Uprisings. Her work is based on scholar-activist ethnographic research methods. Qutami’s broader scholarly interests include Palestine, critical refugee studies, the racialization of Arab/Muslim communities in the U.S., settler-colonialism, youth movements, transnationalism and indigenous and Third World Feminism.
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