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Theory, Critique and Practice

Starting as a space to foster community and discussion among IPCS members and friends in 2019, and shifting online amidst the tumult of 2020, the IPCS Reading Group continues in 2021 with in-person and online formats.

As seen in our reading program, each discussion will engage with two texts. As well as a careful discussion around individual texts, our goal across our sessions is also to work within the spaces between chosen texts.

In line with IPCS’ aim to address the challenges of the present, the reading group aims to link influential texts on postcolonial theory, settler colonialism, and decolonisation with works attending to the everyday pragmatics of resisting and creating alternatives to these enduring structures. Guest convenors contribute to this project, bringing vital perspectives and experience to our sessions throughout the year.


The in-person reading group meets regularly in the Phillip Darby Reading Room. Numbers may be limited given public health regulations.


Online reading groups present a number of challenges. However, they also make possible new modes of engagement. The online reading group is by no means simply an attempt at rehearsing the in-person experience in digital confines. Rather, in consultation with online attendees, we will develop approaches by which to make creative use of Zoom’s constraints, as well as collectively decide on guest convenors in order to harness the significant possibilities opened up by remote engagement.

Both our in-person and online reading group work with the same texts, sharing a sense of purpose and shaping our community (while also offering in-person attendees a second opportunity to participate should they miss the in-person meeting).

If you would like to join either the in person or online reading groups, please contact us.

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Date: 3 August 2021
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Location: Phillip Darby Reading Room

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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.