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Department of English
6 The Green
Room 203, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155
John Holmes Assistant Professor in Humanities
Her first book project, entitled "On Black Breath", takes seriously the charge of "I can't breathe" and considers breath as more than the mere metaphor—rather, as also a somatic and sociopolitical phenomenon that has resonances in the wake of enslavement to the contemporary moment.
Her second book project, entitled "Dirt: Soil and Other Dark Matters," builds on her first project's methodological commitments to multi-temporal and nonchronological avenues of inquiry that trace the development and deployment of the mundane. Revising the impulse to read the Middle Passage as the singular heuristic for understanding Black movement, migration, and mobility throughout history, she turns to dirt for understanding contemporary Black diasporic relations.
Bain has been the recipient of numerous awards and has forthcoming essays on pettiness as a praxis, labored Black breathing, and more. More information about her current work can be found at kimbain.com.
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