Prison libraries, indigenous typography, and experimental publishing: reflections on #RadPubCDMX

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Presented by UCLA California Rare Book School and part of the CalRBS 2021 Speaker Series

The Radical Publishing in CDMX speaker series held in 2020-2021 represented an attempt to highlight transnationalism in bibliographic studies and tie bibliographic history to the current sociopolitical context from an explicitly global south perspective. As an archivist dedicated to building transnational postcustodial collaborations between the global north and south, T-Kay Sangwand will explore the dynamics of transnational solidarity as well as hyperlocal collaborations in cultural heritage settings as they were highlighted in the Radical Publishing in CDMX speaker series, and offer some potential lessons for global north institutions. Sangwand will also reflect on the necessity of critical interventions, such as Radical Publishing in CDMX, and their possibilities for shifting centers of power within the cultural heritage field.


T-Kay Sangwand is a Certified Archivist, librarian, and DJ. She is currently the Librarian for Digital Collection Development at UCLA Library and holds an MLIS and MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA. Over the past twelve years she has worked at both UCLA and UT Austin to build preservation partnerships for human rights documentation and cultural heritage materials in the US, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In 2017, she was named a Fulbright Specialist in Library and Information Science and in 2018-2019, she was a Fulbright Scholar with Mexico’s Ministry of Culture. She is currently a 2020-2022 Rare Book School / Mellon Foundation Cultural Heritage Fellow. Since 2001, T-Kay has worked in community radio and currently hosts the program “The Archive of Feelings” on