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Wed 21 Nov 2018, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Rutherford House, 33 Bunny St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Knowledge, movement, justice: Academic knowledge and people's struggles.

Traditional academic research—with its narrow disciplinary specialisation and its exclusive languages—is often described as akin to living in an ivory tower, removed from, and immune to, the reality of lived experience.

Few academics have done more to open their work up to the world than Professor Richa Nagar (University of Minnesota), who has grounded her academic research in the political struggles and experiences of activist and artistic communities. With the help of these partners, she has evolved a complex language and research style that makes room for poems, diaries, songs, plays, and stories, alongside formal academic writing.

Professor Nagar will share insights from her academic life and read parts of her new book, Hungry Translations: Relearning the World Through Radical Vulnerability, which focuses on her work with three communities—the Sangtin movement of small farmers and manual labourers in rural North Indi, the Parakh theatre group in Mumbai, and her undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota.

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