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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’’
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
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
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
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
The International Alt-Right : Fascism for the 21st Century?, by PATRIK HERMANSSON, David Lawrence, Joe Mulhall, Simon Murdoch
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