Episode 4.4 Off-Mic Conversations with Khairani Barokka

Content warning for discussions of sexual abuse, child abuse, child pornography, racism and ableism.

Photo credit: Christa Holka

This episode was actually recorded in early May, and here it is over four months later, FINALLY seeing the light of day, and I’m so delighted because Okka–poet, writer, and artist–is a goddamn delight. But don’t just take my word for it. Listen for yourself, and then check out some of these exciting and also very extensive links:

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The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Okka’s theme song was “Sparkly” by Young Magic.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

3 thoughts on “Episode 4.4 Off-Mic Conversations with Khairani Barokka

  1. This episode was amazing. You two absolutely should talk for six hours and record it! I really enjoyed how excited and generous you both were in conversation. I loved learning a bit about archive theory (I’ll definitely be mulling over the storytelling/logic of the archive) and I always love discussions on disability studies. And there was a poem! I’m so excited to go find Okka’s work. Thank you both so much!


  2. Thanks for another fascinating episode! I was so happy to learn about Okka’s work, hear her A+ laugh, etc. Wondering if you & your readers might like to check out a paper by Gracen Brilmyer, “Archival assemblages: applying disability studies’ political/relational model to archival description.” They’re one of the first scholars I’ve seen explicitly address archival praxis through a disability studies lens. Archivists and archival studies people writing about bodies x affects x archives also get at the I-think-related idea of bodies that don’t “fit” in archives, whether that means shapes, abilities, queerness, color, and/or (my favorite) all of the above wrapped up in shitty labor practices. The next issue of Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is going to dig into this, and it’s OA so hopefully non-academics can get at it too.

    (sorry if this posts twice, hit the back button by accident)


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