Anticolonial Modes of Unknowing, Reading, and Critique
Join us for a two-day online workshop focused on the imagination, politics and practice of anticolonial reading and critique.
Taking our lead from J. Daniel Elam’s recently published World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth: Anticolonial Aesthetics, Postcolonial Politics (Fordham University Press 2020), IPCS is calling artists, activists and academics to join us for a two-day online workshop focused on the imagination, politics and practice of anticolonial reading and collective unknowing. In our first session of the Against Mastery workshop we turn to the politics and ethics of friendship worked upon by Frantz Fanon, B. R. Ambedkar, M. K. Gandhi, and Bhagat Singh, among others, as a way of imagining anticolonial politics. On day two we hope to develop further and creatively our ‘practices of inexpertise’ as we work our way towards a radical politics of egalitarianism.
To join Daniel and others in the workshop, please send through a brief expression of interest by Monday 6 June to Carlos Morreo.
Day 1 – Disavowing Mastery
Tuesday 6 July, 6-8.30 pm AEST / 8.00-10.30 am UTC
- Elam, ‘Introduction: Impossible Subjects’, 1-18
- Elam, Gandhi’s Lost Debates (ch3)
- Gandhi, excerpts from Hind Swaraj
Day 2 – Inexpert Reading
Thursday 8 July, 6-8.30 pm AEST / 8.00-10.30 am UTC
- Elam, Chapter 4: ‘Bhagat Singh’s Jail Notebook’, 92-112
- David Scott, ‘Apology’, Stuart Hall’s Voice
- Leela Gandhi, ‘Epilogue: If this were a manifesto for postcolonial thinking’, in An Introduction to Postcolonial Studies
Possible questions for discussion include
- Could the politics (or ethics) of ‘friendship’ be one rubric under which we might imagine egalitarian communities in the present, without regard for accumulative value or future success?
- At what scales does friendship or collaboration work? What are its limitations?
- How might ‘reading’ be a practice of ‘relinquishing’ or ‘disavowing’ mastery?
- What forms of critique (or, more specifically, postcolonial criticism) are conducive to egalitarian politics?
- Participants are encouraged to bring questions from their own practice or work for the collective two-day discussion.
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Date: 6 July 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: Zoom Workshop