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List of potential readings
Tasnim Sammak - Critical Education & Self-Determination
Carol Que - Abolish Academia
Guest Convenor TBA
Carlos Morreo - Energy, Politics and Anticolonialism
Shakira Hussein - Critical Disability
Jack Kirne - Making Place in a Climate-Changed World
Jazzy Jazz - Surveillance and Data Colonialism
Maria Paula Hernandez - Postcolonilaism and human rights
Debate: Bonita Lawrence and Enakshi Dup versus Nandita Sharma and Cynthia Wright.
Needs to have an anti-imperialist text pr anti-colonialism
Aileen Moreton-Robinson (2021), “Incommensurable sovereignties: Indigenous ontology matters”, in Routledge Handbook of Critical Indigenous Studies, ed. Brendan Hokowhitu, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Linda Tuhiwai-Smith, Chris Andersen, Steve Larkin
Audio: IGOV Indigenous Speaker Series - Dr. Audra Simpson’s “Mohawk Interruptus” https://youtu.be/FWzXHqGfH3U
Alexis Shotwell (2016) Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times. - Introduction & Conclusion.
Clare Land (2015) Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles.
Abolition & Decoloniality (cont.)
Convenors: Jasmine Barzani & Eda Seyhan
GUEST SPEAKER(S) ON ABOLITION IN PRACTICE - TBD
The world is cumbia: the politics of creolisation
Moses Iten (Cumbia Cosmonauts / PhD Candidate, RMIT)
Creolisation is a phenomenon largely studied by scholars of linguistics and literature, but Martinican poet-philosopher Edouard Glissant has discussed music as a prominent example of ‘creolisation’. The session seeks to explore the nuances of defining cumbia as hybrid, mestiza (“mixed race”), or creolising, and to consider more broadly the place of music as a practice of decolonisation.
This week’s readings start with listening to (and watching) how the sound of Colombian cumbia has shifted from 1940s to the present day. Starting as a folk music recorded for export by the burgeoning Colombian music industry, to it becoming associated with urban ghettos across Latin America, and ultimately its circulation as a hip global club sound. This story is summarised in a short video documentary focused on case of cumbia in Peru.
In addition to the audio files and short documentary video, we have two texts. A lecture on creolisation by Glissant himself, in which Glissant proposes that creolisation is applicable to the whole world beyond its usual Caribbean identification, and a critical and ethnomusicological history of cumbia as genre.
A listening and reading recommended itinerary might go like this: listen to some Cumbia, then watch the short doco, and finally do the readings:
Versions of the song Cumbia Sampuesana (only need to listen to a bit of each video)
1940s Colombian folk music version by Conjunto Tipico Vallenato (featured in a Mexican film of the 1950s): https://youtu.be/AjGNMy-yneU
1990s Mexican sound system version by Sonido La Changa (song starts at 1:27): https://youtu.be/6NVFMOh2bUk
2000s Argentine ghetto cumbia version by Damas Gratis: https://youtu.be/8LBnl-49BKo
2010s Australian digital cumbia version by Cumbia Cosmonauts: https://youtu.be/hxRcxONwHDs?t=269
‘Making Digital Cumbia in Peru’ on YouTube. Video (7min18sec). Published 2014. https://youtu.be/6mZ3EY6-r2U
D’Amico, Leonardo. ‘Cumbia Music in Colombia: Origins, Transformations, and Evolution of a Coastal Music Genre’ in Fernández L’Hoeste, Héctor and Pablo Vila (Edited by). 2013. Cumbia! Scenes of a Migrant Latin American Music Genre. Durham and London: Duke University Press. pp. 29-48.
Glissant, Edouard. 2020. ‘Creolizations in the Caribbean and the Americas’ in Introduction to a Poetics of Diversity. Translated by Celia Britton. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. pp. 3-17
Introduction & Chapter 3: Settlers and Natives in Apartheid South Africa
Optional audio - Welcome? Podcast, episode “Nubian Nostalgia: Part 1” https://welcomepodcast.wordpress.com/nubian-nostalgia/
Chapter 4: Sudan: Colonialism, Independence, and Secession
& Conclusion: Decolonizing the Political Community - TBD
Guest convenor - Zuleika Arashiro on ‘Colonialism & Okinawa’
Prologue to Samir Amin, The Long Revolution of the Global South, NY: Monthly Review Press, 2019
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni (2021) Revisiting Marxism and decolonisation through the legacy of Samir Amin, Review of African Political Economy, 48:167, 50-65
Introduction & Chapter 1: Use
Chapter 2: Propertied Abstractions & Chapter 3: Improvement
Guest convenor - Lily Malham Spake on ‘Indigenous languages and discourses of ‘endangerment’’
Notes from discussion - December 2021
-enjoyed doing books for longer periods - over 2 session x 2
-cultural studies stuff - social - e.g. Sara Ahmed
-Another Day in the Colony - Chelsea Watego
-Ghassan Hage - more recent stuff
-climate change/environmentalism - guest convenors - Jack Kirne
-critical disability - guest convenor Shakira Hussein
-radical education - guest convening - Tasnim Sammak
-non-European colonialisms / proto-colonialisms
-accessibility of podcasts and texts and video
Notes from discussion - 18 May 2021
-Arab colonialism? Potential workshop/event organised by Scheherazade B - we could do a reading group near that. Towards the end of the year.
-too many texts - less pages overall - vary it so there are sessions when there are more or less. Cap it at 50, aim for 40 most weeks
-themes - working through them longer?
-guests - something rarer. one or two times a year, rather than very common
-schedule in an hour block every 2 or 3 sessions for a reflection on decolonial practice - not a lot, keep it focused on reading (rather than guests
-include oral and visual materials as well as texts
-indigenous languages in Australia - discourse endagenered deaths. guest convenor - Lily
-general agreement to keep with the themes that we’ve been doing this year
-September - Zuleika - Okinawa applying settler colonial framework to Japan
(Eda: maybe one of the “decolonial practice” sessions could be on Rojava?
-open reflective hour - nothing set and just a chat (could bring up stuff left hanging before, of the moment e.g. how we did with palestine)
-every third session, second hour as a conversation that is more open - could bring up questions that we’re confronting - talking about work that we’re engaged in
-add breaks between sessions - term 3 and term 4 (take out one session so that there’s a four month)
-Robbie Shilliam - could invite - Decolonial Politics
-Books - need to split across two session so that we read at least 4 chapters (Red Skin, White Masks / Brenna’s book / Robbie’s book / Alana Why Race Matters) - there should be at least one Australian book
-one or two books in each term
-next email: say the structure, thinking of reading 2 books and four articles here are some of the - vote up / vote down - guest convening 3 people come so far and what it involves. also add any visual and listening that is relevant to the themes, material for us to discuss could be texts, podcasts, films, clips, etc
-email guest convenors
-date to return
Nikki Moodie, “DECOLONISING RACE THEORY: Place, survivance and sovereignty” in THE RELATIONALITY OF RACE IN EDUCATION RESEARCH (2018)
Bryan Mukandi & Chelsea Bond (2019) ‘Good in the Hood’ or ‘Burn It Down’? Reconciling Black Presence in the Academy, Journal of Intercultural Studies, 40:2, 254-268, DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2019.1577232
Skimmed, seems like a very very cool book, and pretty different to most stuff we’ve read. It’s conceptually very dense, but not difficult to read. Would definitely generate loads of interesting discussion. Kind of hard to imagine only a few chapters being read. It introduces and explains alot of new ideas and then references and expands upon them later on so it would be a bit jarring to skip chapters. Chapter 1 would compliment Red Skin, White Masks well. Chapter 2 or 3 could work well with Critical Forum: On the Uses of Settler Colonial Studies, “Is settler colonial studies even useful” + “OMG settler colonial studies response to Lorenzo Verancini’s is settler colonial studies even useful”.
What nationhood means to Nishnaabeg - not a nation-state.
Indigenous resurgence as a set of practices through which the regeneration and reestablishment of Indigenous nations can be achieved. In this chapter she details processes, feelings, stories and ideas of the Elders of Long Lake, and Ninshnaabeg knowledge. The idea of Grounded Normativity - reference to Red Skin White Masks.
Discussion of the academy, critiques of and the processes of producing knowledge through non-European methodologies. She details what The Radical Resurgence Project is.
Discussion of colonialism, settler colonialism, Radical Resurgence (the radical transformation of Indigenous life), and gender in Ninshnaabeg.
The relationships between Indigenous knowledges, non- Indigenous knowledges, and treaties with other indigneous nations.
Title speaks for itself. Meeting and interview with Naomi Klein.
Gender. Very cool chapter.
Historic recount of forms of colonial violence, assimilation, gendered violence, racism.
Daily practices of decolonialism, everyday acts of resurgence, refusing colonial spatialities, resurgent artistic spatialities.
How to collectively order through the Nishnaabeg idea of constellations. Example of artist collective that embodies indigenous values of individuated creation, and collaborative, interdependent communality.
An example of a mobilisation withing grounded normativity: Idle No More movement. Discussion of the use of the internet, how the movement was built and the relationship to allies.
Tim Rowse (2017), Indigenous and Other Australians Since 1901, New South Books. Various chapters.
Melinda Hinkson, See How We Roll: Enduring Exile between Desert and Urban Australia, NC: Duke University Press, 2021
Chelsea Watego, Another Day in the Colony, University of Queensland Press, 2021
Skimmed through the book. It’s very light reading, theory is mentioned here and there but generally not discussed in depth. It’s a very personal account of experiences with racism, and colonialism as a Black person. I found the relationships made with different types of theory interesting, but in general kind of boring. The most interesting chapters imo are 4,5,6 and the last chapter
Set’s the stage for what the book is about, who it is written for and why CW chose personal prose. CW intends on telling stories that matter to capital B Black people, regarding the everyday experiences of colonial violence.
CW’s early childhood experiences coming to terms with her identity/racism. Issues in academia.
CW problematises depictions of Indigenous people in literature and childrens books. She talks about a storytelling war. She also discusses her experiences in the media and getting publicized in journals.
The production of knowledge about Indigenous people, by non-Indigenous people.
She talks about the difference between experiential knowledge and academic knowledge and her issues with academia.
People taking up indigeneity based on biology.
Similar to affropessimism
The politics of ‘self care’ and how its dumb
Saba Mahmood, Religious difference in a secular age: a minority report. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2016.
Secular Translations: Nation-State, Modern Self, and Calculative Reason (Ruth Benedict Book Series) Paperback – December 4, 2018
by Talal Asad