The project that became Immediations began when I was a graduate student at
Brown University in the Department of Modern Culture and Media. The bril-
liant cohort of peers that I met there were some of my earliest interlocutors
and remain a continual source of inspiration. I am grateful for the many dis-
cussions I have had about this book with Ani Maitra, Tess Takahashi, David
Bering- Porter, Julie Levin Russo, Sarah Osment, Gosia Rymsza- Pawlowska,
Paige Sarlin, Michelle Cho, Marc Steinberg, Yuriko Furuhata, Maggie Hen-
nefeld, and Josh Guilford. Ani, Tess, and David, in particular, have read and
commented on several chapters of this book at various stages. There isn’t a
day that passes when I am not grateful for these dear friends, and for the fac-
ulty at the
department, who brought us together and trained us with
such commitment and rigor.
It was also at Brown that I met Rey Chow, who became my graduate ad-
visor. Rey has shaped this project, and my mind, in ways I cannot measure.
Beyond her ideas, whose mark on this book will be clear, I have learned so
much from her about intellectual community, professional generosity, and
what it means to be a teacher. I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t
for Rey. At Brown, I was also privileged to study with Mary Ann Doane,
Wendy Chun, Phil Rosen, Lynne Joyrich, Michael Silverman, Nancy Arm-
strong, and Elizabeth Weed. Susan McNeil and Liza Hebert, the department
administrators, were my home away from home, and I thrived thanks to their
The groundwork for this project was laid at the “Visions of Nature: Con-
structing the Cultural Other” Pembroke Seminar in 2008– 2009, led by Leslie
Bostrom, in which I participated as a graduate fellow. A dissertation award
from the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women provided
a much- needed boost of confidence as I began shaping this project into a
book. I send my warmest greetings to my fellow participants in the “Visions
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