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: I'm a PhD candidate at Yale in American Studies and African American Studies. I'm an interdisciplinary scholar of 20th/21st-century hemispheric literature and cultural production. I write on the relationship between reparative aesthetics, material possession, and minoritarian creativity under the conditions of coloniality. I am also interested in the emergence of U.S. Central American subjecthood since the 1980s, particularly in its intersection with African American and other U.S. Latinx cultural production.

I am also a poet and cultural curator who is part of a New York-based collective of Central American artists called Tierra Narrative. Most recently I represented the collective as a Curatorial Fellow at The Poetry Project in NYC, where we organized transnational bilingual programming. You can see that work here: poetryproject.org/search?searc

Still on Twitter with the same handle. Figuring out this space & hoping I can use it with some more intentionality!

The people who are against the grad student workers striking at UC do not understand the absolute exhaustion associated with going to classes AND teaching undergraduates for basically pennies. My grad pay barely covered rent. Many of us had to pick up a second job just to survive. And universities make a ton of money off grad students research and work.

and grad workers organizing at Boston U, Northwestern, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Brown, & increasing number of campuses

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right now, many actions of higher ed labor ~
48,000 U California workers on strike
Yale grad workers about to vote to unionize after decades long fight
1500 academics at U Kansas organizing
workers at The New School about to strike

Our grad union campaign at Yale is going to the election stage! So excited to have local 33 fighting for better teaching and research conditions for the grad workers here

Absolutely thrilled by the prospect of graduating as a Yale-recognized union member! Thrilled to be represented by Local 33––this campaign has been so energizing this year in no short part because of the movements happening at universities across the US. We're gonna have an election, y'all!

local33.org/

RT @LaurenKGurley@twitter.com

BREAKING: 48K University of Calfornia TAs, postdocs & other student workers just walked off the job.

It's the largest strike in the US since 2019.

Many UC workers earn < $24k/yr. A PhD student I spoke to said they donate blood plasma to make ends meet.
washingtonpost.com/business/20

🐦🔗: twitter.com/LaurenKGurley/stat

Okay, re #Introduction time. My name is Andrea and I'm a first year PhD student in #BlackStudies at UT Austin. My research interests include #BlackFeminism, #Resistance, and #Hoodoo.

Before UT Austin, I was a teacher for five years. Before that, I got my bachelor's degree from UT (but the one in TN, lol) in anthropology and hispanic studies.

Sometimes, I make #Art.

I wasn't on the bird app like that but that is where I first heard of mastodon. Happy to be here and make new connections 🖤

Good morning! Please consider donating to the hardship fund for striking UC workers! 48,000 of them begin striking today. We want them to be safe, secure, and strong! givebutter.com/uc-uaw

I know we're all like "this is not the bird site" but here is a very important thread on the U of California strike from labour historian Toby Higbie. Please share widely. twitter.com/TobiasHigbie/statu

seen a couple people put the #bigger6 hashtag in their bios which makes me very happy :)

for those who don’t know it started as a way of flagging work on twitter focused outside the traditional “big six” of literary romanticism (blake, wordsworth, coleridge, byron, keats & shelley); it grew into a research collective founded on a shared commitment to antiracism, anti-imperialism, and anti-colonialism. there’s a website with various resources: bigger6.com

"Mastodon Is 'Antiviral' Design"

My essay on this: clivethompson.medium.com/masto

Twitter (and most big social media) is laser-focused on creating virality -- i.e. training the joint attention of millions of people on one hot post/meme/story/event happening *right this instant* ... and doing it over and over and over again

Mastodon really isn't -- for lots of rich and interesting reasons

It's why some emigres from Twitter find Mastodon so baffling

This place embraces slowness and useful friction

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, “‘The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born’ Might Not Hold True For Much Longer.”

In awe of this show of Akunyili Crosby's large-scale portraits of Nigerian children curated by Hilton Als, currently at the Yale Center for British Art. This portrait is the first we encountered in the space–– introduced to the show by a subject who is looking away ("toward a future that we cannot see," as the accompanying text says) while resting on a busy tapestry collaged with images of African women.

Als writes: "Akunyili Crosby does not, in the end, achieve a single effect in a canvas. Indeed, her paintings present a world that is literally layered, and deeply committed to the depth to be found on the surfaces that make up intimate and private spaces, including the body. Akunyili Crosby’s figures ask: How am I being read? How would you like to read me? Am I part of this world, or am I aspiring to the next? In short, how does a child come to be on this 'new' continent?"

: I'm a PhD candidate at Yale in American Studies and African American Studies. I'm an interdisciplinary scholar of 20th/21st-century hemispheric literature and cultural production. I write on the relationship between reparative aesthetics, material possession, and minoritarian creativity under the conditions of coloniality. I am also interested in the emergence of U.S. Central American subjecthood since the 1980s, particularly in its intersection with African American and other U.S. Latinx cultural production.

I am also a poet and cultural curator who is part of a New York-based collective of Central American artists called Tierra Narrative. Most recently I represented the collective as a Curatorial Fellow at The Poetry Project in NYC, where we organized transnational bilingual programming. You can see that work here: poetryproject.org/search?searc

Still on Twitter with the same handle. Figuring out this space & hoping I can use it with some more intentionality!

Thinking a lot with U.S. Salvadoran poet William Archila's work lately, including this recent poem. It tells the story of colonialism by channeling the Cipitio: a figure of Salvadoran lore forever fated by the gods to remain 10 years old, roaming the country with backwards feet. losangelesreview.org/poem-seri

"I first heard the ruined narrative from crooked creed

to crooked creek when I was ten, & have carried him since,

a trickster hunched like a crow on my crooked shoulder.

I need you to enjoy yourself & trust me when I say enjoy.

Please consider leaving your academy of hats & coats

by the door. Allusions are mine. My ethos here are none.

If there is a moment of doubt in your bones consider

Cuzcatlán. All I know is he’s everywhere, pre-Columbian

to colonial, 1932 to 19 nowhere, asking for so little, at least

a minute minute, someone to remember, call out his name."

(Image source, Wikipedia –- from the Ichanmichen water park in Zacatecoluca, ES)

Beautiful essay by Diana Seo Hyung Lee reflecting on the work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Asian American and African American art, and two recent exhibitions curated by Genji Amino and Christina Hiromi Hobbs.

"We are asked to translate the present as it pertains to our identity, or to give homage to those who went before us. Both paradigms are entangled in a colonialist impulse, merging closer with production and productivity––the word “mourning” is used, but there is little time for it. I started yearning for works of art, exhibitions, and writing that were forms of delay. I remembered Umma’s letters to me."

momus.ca/a-distance-that-i-can

Today is the 81st anniversary of the first #strike by Yale custodial and maintenance, and physical plant workers. It was a one-day strike for recognition, and it was successful. 10 years later, the members of Local 142 left the United Construction Workers to form the independent Federation of University Employees. After organizing the dining hall workers in 1955, (and a 2-week strike in 1953) they affiliated with the Hotel and Restaurant Workers and became Local 35, which they remain today.

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