Dartmouth Events

Lecture and discussion with feminist theorist Moon Charania

A conversation with feminist theorist Moon Charania and Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellow Endia Hayes on Charania's book, Archive of Tongues.

Thursday, April 25, 2024
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Dartmouth Hall 105
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Arts and Sciences

The Department of African and African American Studies is sponsoring a conversation with feminist theorist Moon Charania and 2023-2025 Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellow Endia Hayes on Charania's book, Archive of Tongues.

In Archive of Tongues Moon Charania explores feminine dispossession and the brown diaspora through a reflection on the life of her mother. Drawing on her mother’s memories and stories of migration, violence, sexuality, queerness, domesticity, and the intimate economies of everyday life, Charania conceptualizes her mother’s tongue as an object of theory and an archive of brown intimate life. By presenting a mode of storytelling that is sensual and melancholic, piercing and sharp, Charania recovers otherwise silenced modes of brown mothers’ survival, disobedience, and meaning making that are often only lived out in invisible, intimate spaces, and too often disappear into them. In narrating her mother’s tongue as both metaphor for and material reservoir of other ways of knowing, Charania gestures to the afflictions, limits, and failures of feminist, queer, and postcolonial scholarly interrogations and the consequences of closing the archive of the brown mother.

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Endia Hayes

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.