Olga Verlato and Antara Chakrabarti, contributing editors at Borderlines, talk about the concept of theory from the south, which critiques the notion that theory originating from the global north exhausts the possibilities of critical theoretical understanding.
Olga Verlato is a PhD candidate at New York University in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, and a Contributing Editor for the Middle East at Borderlines. She works on the modern history of Egypt and the Mediterranean, focusing on the impact of multilingual practices and language ideologies on politics, society, and culture.
Antara Chakrabarti is a Doctoral Student in the Sociocultural track of the Dept. of Anthropology in Columbia University. Her research strives to ethnographically and historically understand the intersections of environment, mobilities, and infrastructures in contemporary South Asia. She is a Contributing Editor for South Asia at Borderlines.
Borderlines is a student-run, open-access site mentored by the editors of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME). It seeks to rethink ideas of region and area studies by exploring different categories and histories within and across borderlines that have constructed areas of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
Antara and Olga also interview Saronik about High Theory in this episode, about its origins and the work that it does. Find the full transcript of the episode at Borderlines.
Image: “Binoculars” © 2021 Saronik Bosu
Music used in promotional material: ‘Early Rising’ by Dlay
In our second crossover episode, Saronik talks to Maryyum Mehmood and Aditya Desai, the hosts of Diasporastan, a podcast for discussions on the South Asian diaspora, both as topic and lens through which to view the world. They talk about the podcast, and what the word ‘diaspora’ has meant to them in identitarian and generative capacities.
Maryyum is a socio-political analyst, cultural commentator and community cohesion expert. Along with her interfaith work, she teaches in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham.
Aditya is a writer, teacher, and activist in Baltimore. His stories and essays have appeared in in B O D Y, Barrelhouse Magazine, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Margins, District Lit, The Kartika Review, The Aerogram, and others.
Image: The logo of Diasporastan, created by Nirja Desai (@kalakar on Instagram)
Music used in promotional material: ‘The Beginning or the End’ by Nicholas Mackin
Kim talks with Margaret Nash about settler colonialism.
Margaret Nash is an Emeritus Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California Riverside.
You can watch her explain her research on settler colonialism and land grant universities in her talk: “An Unacknowledged Legacy.“
Her recent article “Entangled Pasts: Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession” Higher Education Quarterly 59 No. 4 (November 2019) examines the long reach of settler colonialism in US Higher Education.
In the episode, Margaret references a book of political theory by Adam Dahl, titled Empire of the People: Settler Colonialism and the Foundations of Modern Democratic Thought.
The image is taken from the cover of a 1992 booklet on HIV Prevention in Native American Communities.