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Gayatri Reddy and Anna Guevarra Received Funding for the Project, “Evicted! An Affordable Housing Game.”

Gayatri Reddy and Anna Guevarra have won this year’s UIC 2022 Awards for Creative Activity which is a seed funding program to support scholarship in the arts, humanities, and social sciences!

Gayatri and Anna received funding to continue to develop the project,  “Evicted! An Affordable Housing Game.”  This is a role playing virtual and board game that builds on the Dis/Placements project and seeks to provide an experiential immersion in navigating the shrinking affordable housing landscape in Uptown based on the perspectives of housing justice activists, residents, houseless communities, and landlords.

Dr. Reddy is an associate professor in Anthropology, and Gender & Women's Studies and an affiliate faculty in Global Asian Studies. She is a sociocultural anthropologist and her research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of sexuality, gender, health, and the politics of subject and community-formation in India, as well as within the immigrant South Asian queer community in the U.S. Broadly, her work interrogates the contours of cultural belonging through the paradoxical dialectic of “alienation and intimacy.” 

Dr. Guevarra is the founding director of the Global Asian Studies Program and a co-PI of the UIC AANAPISI Initiative.  She is also the co-PI of the Social Justice and Human Rights Cluster and a member of the Diaspora Cluster at UIC. Professor Guevarra's scholarly, creative, and teaching interests focus on immigrant and transnational labor, the geopolitics of carework, critical diaspora studies, and community engagement as they relate to dynamics of race, gender, and empire.