Category Archives: Writing

College Art Association Conference 2019

I will be in NYC next week for CAA’s 2019 conference. I’ll be presenting on decolonizing the classroom (in the original liberation sense, not the current vapid buzzword sense). There is a pay-as-you-wish day pass, so if you are around … Continue reading

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دانيال، ابن بهيجة

    ترجمة: هلا قمبريس لإنجليزية الأصلية: Daniel, Ibn Bahija أَرَأَيْتَ الَّذِي يُكَذِّبُ بِالدِّينِ فَذَٰلِكَ الَّذِي يَدُعُّ الْيَتِيمَ. الماعون، ٢-١: ١٠٧ لا نزال نحن المنبوذين، شظايا طردت من الجسد. جسمنا يحيطُ بنا، ويحتوينا، فيطردنا؛ ثم يعود إلى حالة «كما لو» … Continue reading

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“Kamal Shaqi”: Islamophobia, online bots, and 
Twitter’s focused attack on the left

ABSTRACT In the summer of 2014, renowned American Indian studies professor Steven Salaita had his appointment to a tenured professorship revoked by the board of trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Salaita’s employment was terminated in response to … Continue reading

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Research/writing at @academia

I’ve uploaded papers, conference presentations, articles, etc. to [link to]; I hope this will serve as a more central repository of output than various blogs/web sites. Thanks for reading.

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White Savior Syndrome™

(or: “The Journalistic Stunt of Trafficking Syrian Children”) In a recent article written for Information Clearing House [link], Franklin Lamb states: “I confess to having purchased four children near Ramlet el Baida beach recently from a stressed-out Syrian woman.” The article … Continue reading

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التبني كأحد مظاهر الإختفاء القسري

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The seeker and the sought.

Update: I’ve uploaded the foreword to I was honored to be asked to provide the introduction to an anthology of writing concerning adoption reunion: Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age, an Anthology, edited by Laura Dennis. The … Continue reading

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What is the obverse of “ghost” and “haunting”?

Originally posted on Transracialeyes:
We’ve spoken about ghosts here and there. Lately, with reunion looming, I feel like I am haunting my own life, finding might-have-been footsteps; meeting could-have-been friends and, inch’allah, even family. But the metaphor is bothering me.…

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What does “Moving On” look like?

Originally posted on Transracialeyes:
It seems at every juncture I turn and run smack into adoption.  I consciously try to avoid it, but it seems to seek me out. For four decades I just lived my life and denied my…

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On the nightmare of adoption reunion.

An adoptive parent in the United Kingdom recently described the potential reunion of the children temporarily in his care with their parents as his “worst nightmare”. This was like a kick in the gut. Because I feel that my own … Continue reading

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