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Muddying the Waters

Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism
Awards and Recognition:

Honorable Mention, Gloria Anzaldúa Book Prize, National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), 2015

A moving exploration of the promise and pitfalls encountered during two decades of transnational feminist work

In Muddying the Waters, Richa Nagar embarks on an eloquent and moving exploration of the promises and pitfalls she has encountered during her two decades of transnational feminist work.

With stories, encounters, and anecdotes as well as methodological reflections, Nagar grapples with the complexity of working through solidarities, responsibility, and ethics while involved in politically engaged scholarship. Experiences that range from the streets of Dar es Salaaam to farms and development offices in North India inform discussion of the labor and politics of coauthorship, translation, and genre blending in research and writing that cross multiple--and often difficult--borders. The author links the implicit assumptions, issues, and questions involved with scholarship and political action, and explores the epistemological risks and possibilities of creative research that bring these into intimate dialogue

Daringly self-conscious, Muddying the Waters reveals a politically engaged researcher and writer working to become "radically vulnerable," and the ways in which such radical vulnerability can allow a re-imagining of collaboration that opens up new avenues to collective dreaming and laboring across sociopolitical, geographical, linguistic, and institutional borders.

"In Muddying the Waters, Richa Nagar reflects on more than two decades of transnational feminist activism and scholarship, drawing on academic studies and activist collaborations in Tanzania, India, and the United States. . . . It poses questions about the responsibility academics have to those they co-produce knowledge with."--Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography

"Nagar’s work is a call for politically engaged and ethical research that takes matters of epistemic violence seriously. . . . Muddying the Waters makes an important contribution to debates on the need for political meaningfulness in academic production by offering an illustrative example of how it can be achieved. . . . The book equips its readers with analytical tools to identify and begin to develop responsible and ethical research projects that cross geographical, socio-political and institutional borders."--Journal of Narrative Politics

"More than any other book I know, it robustly confronts the epistemic violence that is possible in collaborative feminist research. . . . It takes seriously the mandate of multivocality and relays conversations with a range of interlocutors, from students to mentors to collaborators to colleagues. The author also writes in different voices--as a theorist, a poet, a teacher, and a sangtin. In each case, there is ringing passion."--Ashwini Tambe, author of Codes of Misconduct: Regulating Prostitution in Late Colonial Bombay and editorial director of Feminist Studies

"A significant contribution to scholarly conversations across the Global North-South, and White vs. feminists-of-color divides. A must-read for anyone who is interested in truly global feminist theorizing."--Bandana Purkayastha, professor and head of sociology and Asian American studies, University of Connecticut, and author of Negotiating Ethnicity

Richa Nagar is a professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies at University of Minnesota and co-author of Playing With Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism through Seven Lives in India.

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