September 24, 2019 –
July 31, 2020
Trinh T. Minh-ha is on our mind.

A year-long season of public events and conversation.
(learn more about our research seasons here and see past seasons here)

What does the promise of “speaking nearby” rather than “speaking about” look like today? What are the politics of hospitality? What are the problematics of “postfeminism,” and how do we challenge the West as the authoritative subject of feminist knowledge?

What are the ways that language can be a site of rupture? How do we generate mistrust in the “well-written” and how can poetry be a radical act of refusal?

How can we be subjects that believe in land and not borders? What influence has technology and digital space had on the “making and unmaking of identity”?

How do we navigate a cyclical eruption of decolonizations?


These questions are informed by the work of the filmmaker, writer, theorist, composer and professor Trinh T. Minh-ha. Read more about her here.

“Speaking, writing, and discoursing are not mere acts of communication; they are above all acts of compulsion. Please follow me. Trust me, for deep feeling and understanding require total commitment.”
–Trinh T. Minh-ha

And here, together, we follow. Over the next academic year, we weave through the lyrical and the theoretical, through postcoloniality and feminism, to poetry and auto-ethnography. We begin with a lecture about Trinh T. Minh-ha by Ute Meta Bauer in September. Then, we reconvene in October at SFMOMA for a screening of Shoot for the Contents, with an introduction by Việt Lê on the multidimensional question of color and the politics of translation. In November, Trinh T. Minh-ha herself presents a talk on the voice of multiplicity. Before the year ends, we share a dinner together at Cafe Ohlone in xučyun (Berkeley), where we learn about this land and the food that grows from the tidal marshes, flats, and hills along the eastern flank of this Bay. Beginning in January 2020 we radiate outward with programs related to questions generated by Trinh’s work.

...and Saturdays, informal screenings of Trinh T. Minh-ha’s films.

Check the calendar for updates about upcoming events.


The research and reading group includes Abbas Akhavan, Naz Cuguoğlu Cacekli, Jeanne Gerrity, Shylah Hamilton, Viêt Lê, Ranu Mukherjee, Kim Nguyen, McIntyre Parker, Dorothy Santos, tamara suarez porras, Astria Suparak, James Voorhies, Christine Wang, and Kathy Zarur.

With special thanks to Trinh T. Minh-ha.


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