Ugh I wanted to post last night but migraine struck again. I didn’t want to post without an image though, so today is the day! Maybe it’s my migraine hangover brain, but while rereading the rows of text confused even me, thus have some random keywords emphasized for (hopefully) readability.
The What & The How
So during the holidays I mentioned on twitter that I wanted to read up on current mostly academic nonfiction and asked if anyone wanted to join in. Loved that so many of you were interested, and hope you still are at the end of this post! 😀
I graduated last year, but have continued reading articles and nonfiction regularly, however I miss the exchange and discussion part of uni that generates understanding and new ideas. So that’s why I want to make this a regular thing and also involve you folks. Knowledge production happens in fiction and on social media, especially twitter, as well, so reading scholarly works would just be another, perhaps complimentary, approach. I realize that these works might not be accessible to all, but perhaps the format of an informal study group encourages people who wouldn’t pick up these works by themselves. Disclosure: I’ve done grad school twice, but I had to work for it, my brain is super slow. I hope to have discussions that have space for non-academic folks and a context that is not competitive. As for actually getting our hands on these books, I can ILL many UP books (which takes 2-3 weeks) here and probably share 1-2 chapters as pdfs. We might also decide to read articles and I still have access to some databases. Perhaps between all of us, we’ll manage with most works, I’m hopeful.
Which brings me to another thing: This project would basically be a study group not a book club in that we would be reading chapters from books (and /or articles), perhaps several different books to get at several ways of approaching a topic. We could always later decide if we want to continue with a specific book all the way through, but the wonderful Social Justice Book Club does this and I want to join their reading whenever a book interests me 🙂 Let me know what you think! I know we all have lots of other books to read.
Also, I was thinking of reading and discussing 1-3 chapters a month, using a hashtag (#DivStGr for example). Or we could use a shared google document perhaps. We’ll need to see how the time-zones work out, but perhaps weekends with not quite live-tweeting would work.
Also, you’ll notice that this is a book list that is broad in topics and lot of books are left out. That is because I finally have to luxury to read widely rather than in-depth to become an expert in one particular topic. However, my focus is clearly on ethnic studies, feminism and social justice and at the moment I’m mostly focusing on the these experiences in a Western context. So there’s several fields I want to explore, and that’s how I grouped books. Of course several books would fit more than one category, but this is easier for overview, I hope.
And finally, tons of books are missing from this list. I forced myself to post only a handful of books I want to read to start with, my initial list was embarrassingly long! But I’m sure you have suggestions, too, and when we decide on a fist topic we should do additional research as well. While my goal is to read newish research, I found that it might benefit discussion and understanding to go back more so that foundational and key texts can be added too. So the older works could be read if some of you are new to a concept or topic, or for comparisons and to find changes in directions of where the field is headed.
Fields of interest/ books to read from:
Intersectional Feminism, Solidarity, Disability
Are All The Women Still White?: Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms (Janell Hobson)
Intersectionality (Patricia Hill Collins, Sirma Bilge)
Feminist, Queer, Crip (Alison Kafer)
Policing the Planet (Jordan T. Camp, Christina Heatherton, eds.)
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)
The Prison Industrial Complex
Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex (Julia Sudbury, ed.)
Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (Eric A. Stanley, Nat Smith, eds.)
Are Prisons Obsolete? (Angela Y. Davis)
The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening (Jennifer Lynn Stoever)
Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda (Deborah R. Vargas)
Indigineity, Settler-Colonialism, Sovereignty
Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (Linda Tuhiwai Smith)
Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawai’i (Candace Fujikane, Jonathan Y. Okamura, eds.)
Queer Activism in India: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics (Naisargi Dave)
Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology (E. Patrick Johnson, Mae G. Henderson, eds.)
Critical Ethnic Studies
Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective)
Bioinsecurities: Disease Interventions, Empire, and the Government of Species (Neel Ahuja)
Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human (Alexander G. Weheliye)
Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference (Anne Pollock)
Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (Anthony Ryan Hatch)
So, what do you think? Are you in? Let me know your thoughts on the project, books on your radar and directions you want to explore!
P.S.: I’m totally taking ideas on the name!