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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 returns in 2021 with in-person and online formats taking place on alternating weeks.

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: 13 July 2021
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Location: Zoom meeting

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J. Daniel Elam

J. Daniel Elam is assistant professor of comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong. He works on political and aesthetic thought across the Global South. He is the author of World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth (Fordham University Press, 2020) / Impossible and Necessary (Orient BlackSwan, 2021), as well as the co-editor, with Kama Maclean and Chris Moffat, of two volumes on revolutionary anticolonial thought.