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Theory/Knowledges/Politics –

Starting as a space to foster community and discussion among IPCS members, friends and visiting fellows, our Reading Group reconvenes in late February 2022

In line with IPCS’ aim to address the challenges of the present, our reading group works through influential and contemporary texts on postcolonialism, settler colonialism, and decoloniality, together with other work essaying critical and creative approaches to theory, knowledge and politics. Guest convenors contribute to this project, bringing vital perspectives and experience to our sessions throughout the year.

In each session, as seen in our reading program, we engage with two texts, while our goal across our sessions is also to work within the spaces between our selected texts.

IPCS READING GROUP IN-PERSON

The in-person reading group meets regularly in the Phillip Darby Reading Room. Numbers may be limited given public health regulations. Throughout lockdown meetings have been held online via Zoom.

If you would like to join the reading group or propose a theme or relevant activity, please contact us.

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Date: 22 February 2022
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Location: Phillip Darby Reading Room

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Speakers

Eda Seyhan

is an international human rights lawyer, researcher and activist, focused on policing, national security and racial justice.
Eda Seyhan is an international human rights lawyer, researcher and activist, focused on policing, national security and racial justice. She has worked for Amnesty International, Open Society Foundations and ActionAid International, among other NGOs. Her work has included writing a leading guide to investigating racial profiling, researching human rights abuses in Turkey and Western Europe, and running a successful campaign to free a Syrian man unfairly convicted on terrorism charges. Eda has also been involved in political organising, from door-knocking to direct action, within a variety of movements, including anti-fascism, anti-racism and feminist. Most recently, Eda set up a project, COVID State Watch, monitoring state violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her writing has appeared in Al Jazeera, Critical Legal Thinking and the Journal of Human Rights Practice.

While at IPCS, Eda is researching the recent history of activism by leftist migrants and political refugees from Turkey in Melbourne, including their involvement in factory strikes, anti-fascist campaigns and anti-imperialist solidarity, and uncovering lessons from this history for diaspora and anti-racist politics today. Eda is an IPCS Visiting Fellow for 2021.