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Starting as a space to foster community and discussion among IPCS members, friends and visiting fellows, our Reading Group reconvened 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 our project throughout the year, bringing vital perspectives and experience to our sessions.

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


The in-person reading group meets regularly at the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, in the Phillip Darby Reading Room. Numbers may be limited, so do write to us. Throughout lockdown meetings have been held online via Zoom.

Please read through the following resources before joining, IPCS’ Reading Group broadly subscribes to these principles:

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

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Date: 5 April 2022
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Location: Phillip Darby Reading Room

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Jasmine Barzani

Jasmine is a gen-y Kurdish troublemaker who has worked with several groups including Food Not Bombs, Animal Friends Jogjakarta, 3CR Community Radio, Needle n Bitch, and Médecins Sans Frontières. She was one of the founders of the feminist housing collective called HUSK, an organiser of the 2019 IMARC protests and various projects such as the Lizard Bites Back and the Refugee Arts Festival. Jasmine’s involvement in radical-politics began in 2014 through squatting and attending anti-deport pickets at the Broadmeadows prison. Her involvement in social movements stretches from No Borders to Anti-Facism, and she believes in the imperative for radical media to popularise and expand liberatory struggles. She is currently directing a documentary film about housing, which uses her involvement in a 2016 direct-action housing campaign in (so-called) Collingwood to critique property and the coloniality of housing. Jasmine’s mother tongue is Sorani Kurdish and she is fluent in Persian and Bahasa Indonesia. She is currently based in the unceded land of the Woiwurrung but enjoys spending time outside of Naarm and learning new languages.

Jasmine is an IPCS Visiting Fellow in 2022.