Maisnam Arnapal

Graduate Student


Maisnam Arnapal (he/him) was raised in the state of Manipur, Northeast India that has been witnessing a seven-decade-old armed conflict and reeling under the draconian law, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958. He belongs to the Meitei Indigenous people of Northeast India, a region home to more than 270 Indigenous communities and surrounded by India, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. He has relocated his loom at UC Santa Barbara Feminist Studies Department where, using the warp and weft of feminist and queer threads, he weaves stories of surviving conflict, poverty, queerphobia and racism.