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Episode 181 [in English]: House of TT

Tarek Mohamed (TT) is an Egyptian activist, scholar and writer currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at UC Irvine. We were thrilled to have Tarek back after his first episode in June 2020!

Tarek discussed the time he spent in Egypt since our first conversation, and his concern over the shift in the political climate there. He noted a rise of military nationalism and American-style neocolonialism, and how pandemic conditions have helped fuel this trajectory.

Tarek mentioned several projects coming up under his creative studio House of TT, including a graphic novel called “36 Love Letters to my Dead Abusive Mother” and “Furtunate Tails: The Pet Friends Who Saved My Best Friends.”

We also talked about how heteronormative biological family unit functions with the state as a tool of control, and the difficulties of getting effective mental health help as queer people in SWANA or in diaspora.

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Episode 180 [in English]: Grief Houses

Caitlin Abadir-Mullally (kt) is a Coptic-American installation and social practice artist based in Philadelphia. She works to create communities for those who live between spaces. Her research dives into fear, hybridity, queerness, collective thinking, grief, and cultural loss. Caitlin Abadir-Mullally works in sculpture, performance, and relationship building. Caitlin Abadir-Mullally is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science with a focus in archival studies. She is passionate about documenting diasporic queer Southwest Asian and North Afrikan joy and complexity, and the agency of the living to decide how their narratives are preserved.

We were so excited to have Caitlin back on the podcast since her first episode almost three years ago! She discussed her current series Grief Houses, which explores loss through the lens of tomb desecration in Egypt and the burning of uninhabited houses during Detroit’s housing crisis. She also talked about her move to Philly, her residency with YallaPunk focused on building a community archive, and what it means to be an archivist working outside of violent colonial traditions.

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