Aanchal Saraf researches and teaches about entangled geographies and cultures of war, empire, and knowledge. Aanchal is completing their PhD in American Studies at Yale University, with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Aanchal is an incoming Postdoctoral Fellow in Dartmouth College's Society of Fellows and starting Fall 2024, will be an Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Their dissertation, titled Atomic Afterlives, Pacific Archives: Unsettling the Geographies and Science of Nuclear Colonialism in the Marshall Islands and Hawaiʻi, demonstrates how US Cold War nuclear colonialism continues to shape our cartographic and archival imaginaries of the Pacific, as well as structures academic knowledge production. Their interdisciplinary project engages official archives, Asian American and Pacific Islander cultural production and performance, and ethnography. Their work is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Their creative and scholarly works have appeared in Literary Hub, Fruit Magazine, The Journal of Transnational American Studies, and Women & Performance, among other publications.
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The archives of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI) are characterized by certain losses, given the U.S. Cold War penchant for secrecy and redactio... More