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I am an artist, activist, educator and mender of sorts. The analysis of my thesis is based on my own experience as a continuous survivor of a multitude of intersectional traumas, that through my incessant engagement in an active journey of healing, I understand are the result of an intersection of various oppressive systems. 

Throughout my healing processes I see the clashing visible and invisible panoramas of trauma play out in collective as well as individual dynamics of power, privilege and oppression. I propose that the chemical, biological and psychoneuroimmunological effects of trauma and its subsequent consequences on cognition, semiology, linguistics, relationship forming and relationship behaviors, narrative formation and ability to be dissociated or present are behind every decision and system formation that we operate under, within, around and relate to. This is why implicit bias, racism, classism, sexism, violence, dehumanization and mass genocide can be rationalized and normalized throughout a variety of sociopolitical and religious contexts under the premise of a rational logic. 

 Drawing on vast work of educators, linguists, activists, writers, artists, psychologists, neuroscientists, researches, philosophers, social workers as well as on community based participatory research (tapping into the most active and important wealth of information in our world today) I hope to consolidate connections that have already been made and re-contextualize them to reorganize our relationship to the body, power and healing. 

Books of influence
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

  • Pedagogy of Freedom by Paulo Freire

  • Pedagogy of the Heart by Paulo Freire

  • Stand your Ground by Kelly Brown Douglas

  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

  • Stealing Innocence by Henry A. Giroux

  • Disposable Youth by Henry A. Giroux

  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman

  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

  • The Cultural Politics of Emotion by Sara Ahmed

  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

  • Waking The Tiger by Peter A. Levine

  • Women Who Run with the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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