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20-21 CLAGS Fellowship Winners: Monette-Horowitz & Duberman-Zal
November 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Come see our former winners from 2020 and 2021 of the Duberman-Zal and Monette Horowitz fellowships present their winning dissertations and writings that got them this award!
2020 Monette-Horowitz Award Winner: Mariana Romo-Carmona
Mariana Romo-Carmona (https://linktr.ee/marianaromo_carmona), bilingual writer and translator, is the author of the books Living at Night, Sobrevivir y otros complejos: Poems in Englillano, Speaking like an Immigrant, and Conversaciones (Lambda Small Press 2001). She will be publishing the introduction to the collected works of Carlos de Rokha with Editorial Atmosférica, based on her dissertation study of queer poetics and suicide in the Chilean Vanguard Era. She is currently at work on a translation from the Spanish of the surrealist poetry against state terror, by Carlos de Rokha and Mahfud Massís. Mariana has taught Comparative Literature and LatinAm/Latinx Culture for three decades, and is Associate Adjunct Professor in the Latin American & Latinx Studies Program at City College, CUNY.
2020 Duberman-Zal Fellowship winner: Shilpa Parthan (She/Her)
Shilpa Parthan (she/her) is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research interests include queer and transgender studies, political anthropology, development studies, and theories around region and regionalism. Her published work includes “Living with the Norm: The Nirvanam Ritual in South Indian Transfeminine Narratives of Self and Transition” with GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies and a book chapter in the forthcoming volume Mimetic Desires: Impersonation and Guising Across South Asia (University of Hawaii Press, 2022). She is also part of the editorial team at Ala (‘Wave” in Malayalam) an English-Malayalam bilingual blog that aims to popularise research on Kerala.
Here’s a blurb about what she will be presenting on!
Popular and academic narratives around LGBTQ+ movements’ engagements with state power often exclusively center the nation-state. However, subnational states in India, divided along linguistic lines in 1956, handle a lion’s share of welfare functions in India, shaped around the paradigm of “development.” In south India, this space of welfare politics is where working-class, oppressed-caste transgender people intervene in everyday issues around labour, policing, and resource redistribution beyond the more rarefied language of rights and recognition at a national level.
Focusing on the southwestern Indian state of Kerala, known for a Left-leaning public sphere and contentiously labeled as a “development model” for its higher-than-average human development indicators, Shilpa’s ethnographic work looks at how trans and queer people in Kerala engage with and theorise the state in the everyday. Drawing from a growing body of work looking at the political economy of transgender identity, this dissertation explores how trans people negotiate political and labour regimes in a non-Western context where both neoliberal marketisation and top-down state welfare mechanisms co-exist.
2021 Duberman-Zal Fellowship Winner: Zainab Khalid(She/Her)
Zainab Khalid (She/Her) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Anthropology Department at Syracuse University with a certificate of advanced studies in Women’s & Gender Studies. Her research interests include imperialism, sexuality, and Islam in the United States, specifically the convergence of queer Muslim identity and practices of collective care within the context of Euro-American imperialism.
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