The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Photograph of Fargo Tbakhi

Fargo Tbakhi

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow 2020

About Fargo Tbakhi

Fargo Tbakhi (he/him) is a queer Palestinian-american writer and performer from Phoenix, Arizona. He is the winner of the 2018 Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship and the 2017 Kristin Valentine Scholarship in Performance Studies. He is a Pushcart nominee, and his work can be found in Cotton Xenomorph, Mizna, Cosmonauts Avenue, Glass: a Journal of Poetry, Peach Mag, and elsewhere.

Find Conference Sessions with Fargo Tbakhi

Unarcheology: Anticolonial Queer Aesthetics, Re-Purposing, and Putting Things Back in the Ground
Fargo Tbakhi

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location: Tooker, Old Main
Type: Generative Workshop, Performative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Creative Practice, Experimental, Hybrid, LGBTQIA Studies, Mixed Genre, Race, Research, Social Justice

Unarcheology is a queer, anticolonial orientation that asks us to examine how texts, objects, artifacts, bodies, and histories have been dug up and narrated in service of particular, oppressive ideologies—what we might understand as a form of archeology. Informed by queer, anticolonial aesthetic practices like collage and autoethnography, unarcheology asks that we intentionally engage our poetics in service of putting back‚ or reburying, restoring complexity and dignity to those texts and subverting those oppressive ideologies.