Beenash Jafri



Intellectuals Outside the Academy: Conversations with Leanne Simpson,
Steven Salaita, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs 

These conversations with independent academics Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Steven Salaita, and Leanne Simpson were inspired by the following questions: How do we make sense of intellectual work that happens outside of the chokehold of academic institutions? Is it possible to mobilize the collective power of the academic workforce toward political goals unimaginable within contemporary system of academe? The work of Gumbs, Salaita, and Simpson exemplifies commitment to political projects in a way that is exciting, boundary- and path-breaking, loving, and generative. These interviews are an attempt to share their wisdom and stories, in the hope of providing some fodder for intellectuals positioned inside or outside of the academy, or somewhere else in-between. 

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