Richa Nagar, University of Minnesota
Title: “Hungry Translations in Search of Justice”
Bio: Richa Nagar’s transgenre and multilingual scholarship, creative writing, and cultural work in English, Hindi/ Hindustani, and Awadhi blurs the borders of academia, arts, and activism to build alliances with people’s struggles and to engage questions of ethics, responsibility, and justice through knowledge making. She is Professor of the College in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, USA, where she holds a Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence and a Beverly and Richard Fink Professorship in Liberal Arts. Richa has worked closely with the Sangtin movement of farmers and laborers in India, and she has co-built a multi-sited community theatre project called Parakh. She is a founding co-editor of the online, open-access, open-genre journal, AGITATE! Unsettling Knowledges. Her publications in English and Hindi include eight monographs and edited volumes, and dozens of articles, essays, stories, poems, and plays. The books in English include Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism through Seven Lives in India (2006), A World of Difference: Encountering and Contesting Development, 2nd edition (2009), Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis (2010), Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism (2014), and Hungry Translations: Relearning the World Through Radical Vulnerability (2019).