Pembroke Center

Kiran Saili

Ph.D. candidate, English, Pembroke Seminar Graduate Student Fellow 2023-24


Kiran Lam-Saili is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from York University and an M.A. from the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Her research investigates 21st century North American-based feminist and queer of color theory, literatures, and expressive cultures, with attention to how they interact with/revise the radical 1970s/80s Women of Color and Third World feminisms from which they arise. Her dissertation, “After Disillusionment: The “Minor” Idioms of Diasporic Life,” identifies and examines the non-nostalgic, non-cathartic feelings and corresponding aesthetic idioms that uniquely shape the apprehension of “diasporic life” as it is labored with now – after the shared "failure" of utopia to obtain.