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Subhalakshmi Gooptu

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Assistant Professor of World Literature Subhalakshmi Gooptu talks about her article, Watery Archives: Transoceanic Narratives in Andil Gosine’s Our Holy Waters, and Mine

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 | 5pm - 6pm
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In this article, I conceptualize Andil Gosine’s artistic archives as ‘watery’ to chart a feminist genealogy of archival practice. I argue that routing interdisciplinary studies of Atlantic and Indian Oceans through the Caribbean provides a transoceanic method to analyse race and sexuality within Indo-Caribbean connections. To that end, I examine the representation of water and waterways in Gosine’s Our Holy Waters, and Mine (2014) to illustrate how relations with water provides a heuristic and representative practice for critiquing afterlives of colonialism and indentureship. I bring together Indo-Caribbean feminist epistemology, scholarship on feminist and queer archival practices and ocean studies to read Gosine’s experimental artistic practice as offering ways to rethink oceanic materiality in the context of historical and archival knowledge production.

Appears in: Feminist Review, Volume 130 Issue 1 (March 2022).

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