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New Texts Out Now: Sunaina Maira and Piya Chatterjee, The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent

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Sunaina Maira and Piya Chatterjee, editors, The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Sunaina Maira and Piya Chatterjee (SM and PC): One of the experiences that propelled this book most immediately for us was a letter we co-authored in solidarity with women targeted by the US War on Terror. We circulated this as a petition that garnered national and ...

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Sunaina Maira and Piya Chatterjee

 

Sunaina Maira is Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Desis in the House: Indian American Youth Culture in New York City and Missing: Youth, Citizenship, and Empire After 9/11. She co-edited Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America, which won the American Book Award in 1997, and Youthscapes: The Popular, the National, and the Global. Her recent publications include a a monograph based on ethnographic research, Jil [Generation] Oslo: Palestinian Hip Hop, Youth Culture, and the Youth Movement (Tadween), and a volume co-edited with Piya Chatterjee, The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent (Minnesota, 2014). Her new book project is a study of South Asian, Arab, and Afghan American youth and political movements focused on civil and human rights and issues of sovereignty and surveillance in the War on Terror.

Piya Chatterjee is on the faculty of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Scripps College. She taught for eighteen years at the University of California-Riverside. She is trained as a historical anthropologist, and is also an eclectic, interdisciplinary, antiracist feminist who teaches, and writes, about pedagogies, social justice work, and colonialism. She lives bi-nationally as much as possible, between India and the US. She has organized with women tea plantation workers in North Bengal and is currently involved with a feminist-Freiran antiviolence project run by rural working-class women in Baruipur, West Bengal. She is setting up an organization called Daya Global, which will work on gender, race, labor, and justice issues with plantation and agrobusiness communities in the US and in the global South. Please contact her if you would like to know more about this dream and vision.