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Friday, March 13 • 11:00am - 12:50pm
Fracturations: Meditations on the Politics and Poetics of Intersectionality

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Reflecting on experiences of feminists of color in academia, this panel explores the politics and poetics of intersectionality in identity (re)formations fractured through innovative texts.  Its participants will speak in tongues of split consciousness, polyphonic voices, and “fracturations,” i.e. fractured social liminalities and / or fracturing of institutional power and privilege via resistance.  The panel may include readings of microessays, experimental poetry, or hybrid media projects.

As I contemplated the intersections of creativity and identity politics in academia, the concept for “Fracturations” germinated in response to invitations by dominant culture members to speak about my experiences as “an Asian female professor.” Of course, my issues with the question itself -- in the contexts presented, i.e. positions of institutional and racial or gender privilege vs. my token "otherness" -- were multifarious.  I leave it up to the audience and panelists to fill in the blanks with your own avocations, your own agency to name yourselves and present your identities and avocations to the world through innovative texts that cross boundaries – not only within academia but outside it, as well.


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Karen An-hwei Lee

Full Professor of English & Chair, Vanguard University of So. California
Karen An-hwei Lee holds an M.F.A. from Brown University and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo 2012), Ardor (Tupelo 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande 2004), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award. Lee also... Read More →

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Bhanu Jacasta Kapil

Writer-teacher, Naropa University
"Tell us about yourself": Foreign/Normal. "Passions": Buddhist meditation/ Hanuman; teaching through clay, theory and physical experiments of different kinds; linking up, every day, to the great streaming that carries others to their destinations.
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Ruth Ellen Kocher

Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Director of Creative Writing, University of Colorado
Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of the Ending in Planes (Noemi, 2014), Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (Sheep Meadow Press 2014), domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press 2012), and also One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press 2003), When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering, Winner of the... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:50pm MDT
UC 331

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