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Where Are You From?: A Talk with Minal Hajratwala

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When journalist Minal Hajratwala traveled to nine countries to research her sprawling family history, she tapped into a century of trauma, migration, and uprooting. The stories she collected not only shaped her award-winning nonfiction epic, but also changed the way she understood emotion and memory as stored in the body.

Since then, she has been asking and exploring the answers to the questions brought up in her work. What migrations do our bodies undergo every day? How do these journeys through variegated spaces—sidewalk, subway, workplace, club, home—mimic and recapitulate our historic journeys? What poetries are our bodies making as they move? In a global age when more and more of us live far from our original homes, by choice or by force, what are our bodies trying to tell us?

Join Minal Hajratwala for this talk drawing from the realms of creativity, politicized somatics, and mystic questioning that weaves together the strands of our collective story right now.

This event is part of the Haresh and Joan Shah Lecture and Performance Series. All events in this series are available to CIIS students, staff, and faculty free of charge.

Minal Hajratwala is author of the award-winning epic Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents, which was called “incomparable” by Alice Walker and “searingly honest” by the Washington Post, and editor of Out! Stories from the New Queer India. Her latest book is Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, is published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a collective of which she is a co-founder. She graduated from Stanford University, was a fellow at Columbia University, and was a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar. As a writing coach, she loves helping people give voice to untold stories through the Write Like a Unicorn portal. Her Granta essay “A Brief Guide to Gender in India” was named one of the 10 best pieces of writing on the web for 2015 by the Golden Giraffes.

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