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Archive of Tongues: An Intimate History of Brownness by Moon Charania

Location Lost City Books 2467 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States
Date Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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On Thursday, May 2nd at 7 PM, Lost City Books in Washington D.C. will host author Moon Charania for a discussion of her new book Archive of Tongues: An Intimate History of Brownness. This deeply personal yet theoretically profound work explores themes of feminine dispossession, the brown diaspora experience, and intergenerational trauma through the lens of Charania's own mother's life story. Drawing from her mother's memories of migration, violence, sexuality, domesticity, and more, Charania conceptualizes her mother's tongue as both a metaphor and material archive of intimate brown life usually silenced or made invisible. In sensual and melancholic prose, she recovers modes of brown mothers' survival, disobedience, and meaning-making that often disappear into private spaces. By narrating this "archive of the brown mother's tongue," Charania gestures towards the limits of feminist, queer, and postcolonial scholarship in truly understanding the lived realities of women in the Global South. The book unsettles many assumptions and tropes about Pakistani women, migrant women, and brown women more broadly. Prominent scholar Jasbir K. Puar praises Archive of Tongues as an "important" feminist diasporic perspective that will productively unsettle how Western feminism views women of color. For D.C. residents interested in transnational feminism, decolonial thought, or simply powerful life writing, this event promises a moving and insightful discussion you won't want to miss. Charania will be in conversation with linguistic anthropologist Mariam Durrani, whose work explores Muslim youth identity, migration, and more. Attendees can purchase the book to get it signed by the author as well.

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