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Unsettling the Present: FemiQueer Frames - Larval Futures and the Pedagogy of the Pluriverse

November 20, 2020, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location Live streamed
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Dr. Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Praba Pilar and Anuj Vaidya

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

Nov 20: Larval Futures and the Pedagogy of the Pluriverse
Friday Nov 20, 11:30-12:30 pm EST

Larval Rock Stars is an ongoing multi-modal project (website, writing, performance/sound/video experiments, couplings, twinning, etc) of the distributed intelligence of the orbifold twins who hold the larvae between them - Pilarva (Praba Pilar) and Larvaidya (Anuj Vaidya), also known as Pilarvaidya. We intersect the bio-techno-critical and the absurd as the segmented paramythology of larvae of the post-human future. “Behold the larva we hold between us – the formless, shapeless, and unknowable potential for new life on earth.” Born of prophesy, and precipitated by the hubris of man, LRS brings tidings of a new future – a post-human future, and offers movement from necrotic egocentrism to biotic ecocentrism.