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IPCS READING GROUPS

Tuesdays 4.30 pm, February to June

Convened by Eda Seyhan & Muhib Nabulsi in 2021.

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 the program below, each discussion will engage with two texts. As well as a careful discussion around individual texts, our goal in the reading group meetings is also to work within the spaces between chosen texts, connecting questions and problems beyond the Institute and academy. 

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

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.

IPCS READING GROUP ONLINE

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 participate either in the in-person or online reading groups, please write to Eda Seyhan, Muhib Nabulsi or Carlos Morreo.

IPCS Reading group program

Session 1

#9Feb #16Feb

  • Anibal Quijano (2000). “Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism, and Latin America”, Nepantla: Views from South 1.3, 533-580.
  • Patrick Wolfe (2006), “Settler colonialism and the elimination of the native”, Journal of Genocide Research, 8:4, 387-409.

Session 2

#23Feb #2March

  • Yin Paradies (2020), “Unsettling truths: modernity, (de)coloniality and Indigenous futures”, Postcolonial Studies, 23:4, 438-456.
  • María Lugones (2007), “Heterosexualism and the Colonial / Modern Gender System”, Hypatia 22:1, 186-209.

Session 3
#9March #16March

  • Introduction (p3-23) of Dipesh Chakrabarty (2000), Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. New Jersey: Princeton University Press
  • Robbie Shiliam (2019), “From Ethiopia to Bandung with Fanon”, Bandung: Journal of the Global South, 6(2), 163-189

Session 4
#23March #30March

  • Dipesh Chakrabarty (2000), Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. New Jersey: Princeton University Press – Read Chapter 1
  • Juliette Singh (2018), Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Read Chapter 1

Session 5

#6April #13April

  • Alexis Shotwell (2016) Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times. University of Minnesota Press – Read Introduction & Conclusion.
  • Clare Land (2015) Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles. Zed Books – Chapter TBC

Session 6

#20April #27April

Abolition & Decoloniality
Convenors: Jasmine Barzani & Eda Seyhan

  • Dylan Rodríguez, “Abolition As Praxis Of Human Being: A Foreword”, 132 Harvard Law Review 1575
  • Angela Davis (2003) Are Prisons Obsolete? Seven Stories Press – Chapter 6: Abolitionist Alternatives
  • Skim/take a look at: Creative Interventions Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence: Chapter 4F – Taking Accountability (available at: https://www.creative-interventions.org/tools/toolkit/)

Session 7
#4May #11May

Abolition & Decoloniality (cont.)
Convenors: Jasmine Barzani & Eda Seyhan

With guest speakers for discussion on ‘abolition in practice’

Session 8
#18May #25May

  • Larissa Behrendt (2013), “Aboriginal Sovereignty: A Practical Roadmap”, in Sovereignty: Frontiers of Possibility, Edited by Julie Evans, Ann Genovese, Alexander Reilly, Patrick Wolfe, Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 163-180.
  • Adrian Little, ‘The Politics of Makarrata: Understanding Indigenous–Settler Relations in Australia’, Political Theory 48(1), 2020, pp 4–29.

Session 9
#1June #8June

  • Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang (2012), “Decolonization is not a metaphor”, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 1:1, 1-40.
  • Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui (2012), “A Reflection on the Practices and Discourses of Decolonization.” South Atlantic Quarterly 111:1, 95-109.

Session 10
#15June #22June

Guest Convenor TBD

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