Aanchal Saraf

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Graduate Student

Aanchal Saraf is from Houston, Texas. She earned a BA from Brown University in Geography and Ethnic Studies. Her undergraduate research was an ethnographic account of Kanaka Maoli protesting construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the sacred summit of Mauna Kea in Hawai’i. Her current work focuses on Marshall Islanders who were displaced to the Big Island of Hawai’i following American detonations of nuclear bombs, and the entanglements of inter-indigenous solidarity and conflict, Asian settler-colonialism, and anti-blackness that result from this forced migration. She gives special attention in her analysis to cultural production and performance, Pacific Islander feminisms, and trans-indigenous organizing. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Imperialisms in Asia/Pacific; Settler Colonialism; Affect & Materiality; Race & Ethnicity; Gender & Sexuality; Visual & Cultural Studies; Postcolonial Theory; Geography