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Unsettling the Present: FemiQueer Frames - Autonomous Futures and the Pedagogy of the Seed

October 9, 2020, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location Live streamed
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In this three-part series, we invite artists, scholars, educators, and activists, working across transnational contexts to join us for a conversation about Traditional Ecological Knowledge, indigenous cosmopolitics, public education, and femiqueer futurities.

  • What can we learn from our pasts, as scholar-activists in this moment of crisis, where new directions seem possible?
  • How do we understand collectivity, community, and the publics in these divisive times?
  • How do we recognize and recenter the spirit in our political work today?
  • What is the role of education in political transformation?
  • How do extend and transform feminist, queer, trans genealogies for the present?

To engage these questions and more, Dr. Fawzia Afzal-Khan’s (Montclair State University) Feminist Theory classroom will be open to the public and streamed live over three Fridays (11:15am-12:30pmEST/8:15-9:30 am PST). The sessions will be recorded and then broadcast over public radio (Berkeley’s KPFA 94.1 Apex-Express) at a later time, bringing the classroom to the community. For more information, please visit

Oct 9: Autonomous Futures and the Pedagogy of the Seed
Friday Oct 9, 11:30-12:30 pm EST

Targol Mesbah teaches critical theory and media studies in the Anthropology & Social Change department at CIIS. She researches systems of harm that link the nuclear chain of production, from uranium mining to the deployment of uranium weaponry, across multiple geographies. She connects the work of scientists, artists and activists in documenting the subjugated experiences of communities in resistance to the global entanglement of capitalist extractivism, militarism and colonialism. Her experiences with Zapatista political theory and practice accompany her approach to living, learning, and teaching in times of intensifying environmental destruction, political violence and displacement of populations.

Charlotte Maria Sáenz seeks to dislodge dominant narratives, expand perspectives, and grow common sense with her human and non-human communities. Towards these ends she tends an urban milpa, harvests medicine, and researches Zapatista pedagogies of seed as a doctoral researcher at ECOSUR in Chiapas, Mexico. She also teaches Interdisciplinary studies in an alternative Bachelor’s Completion Program at CIIS in San Francisco. Over the past 25 years she’s worked in diverse media arts and political education programs in refugee camps, schools, streets, and traveling programs. You can listen to her in conversation about “Each Others” in The Secret Ingredient podcast.