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“One Unique You”: Affective Attachments and DNA-Testing as Ethnotechnological Apparatus

Publishing an open access version of our forthcoming (2022) Social Text article, Dr. Schwerzmann and I ask: How can it be explained that people willingly allow genomics companies to rewrite their stories as they relinquish their most personal genetic information and family stories to them, effectively consenting to be dispossessed of both? In our estimation,…

“One Unique You”: DNA Testing

Thinking about passing in its double meaning—passing for someone/thing & passing through a border—Dr. Katia Schwerzmann and I think about how DNA-Tests use identity politics based on racialized ideologies in order to surveille and survey our borders and bodies.


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Confronting anti-blackness in Armenian Feminist Texts

An expository and critical approach to pieces I translated by Armenian writer Yevpime Avedisian (Anayis). I discuss issues about the intimate process, task, contradictions, and responsibilities of the translator when translating texts that are problematic to a feminist reading and existence today. What kinds of critiques about identity and belonging should we be making as…

Home and Belonging for Queer Armenian-American Women

This presentation is a conversation between me and anthropologist Dr. Nelli Sargsyan as we weave between our research to discuss how queer Armenian-American women define “home” and “belonging” in life and literature.

Finding Place in Exile

How queer Armenian American voices find place in exile; a literary and activist critique. Workshop on Armenian-Turkish Scholarship (WATS), Istanbul, Turkey. 1 October 2015

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