Ongoing Calls

January 2020

For this issue of Kohl, we are looking for papers that understand queer theory as part of our histories, collective memory, and feminist futures. We are interested in challenging the boundaries of where theory originates from, and disrupting the notion that our queer knowledges are consumable rather than creative and productive. 

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December 2022

Multiple terminologies were recently introduced into Arabic to convey feminist theories. As a result, the dilemmas around maintaining and conveying gendered issues in Arabic were not solely grammatical. They were also and especially concerned with these terminologies’ compatibility with, and efficiency in conveying, gendered issues in modern theories in Arabic as well as the multitudes of dialects spoken in the region.

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What does it mean to speak of the labor demanded of the dead or dying? My grandmother, my mother tells me, died years ago. The being who lies now in a hospital bed in Beirut’s southern suburbs, vacant-eyed and gape-mouthed, is a husk. 

I look at spaces of Nubian women in displacement and their shadow economy with an emic lens; I try to explicate this material, social, and emotional economy that is now discounted in value by both its members and state agents.

This conversation is part of an ongoing series of our collective reflections on labor, neoliberal consciousness, and coping/surviving. In sharing this as a transcribed conversation, we want to expand the space in which we talk about these struggles, and do so in a format that feels faithful to how we use conversation as care in our friendship.