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Reading and Discussion Group: Decolonise


The final session of the series with The Radical Womyn's Dance Party, a collective of female artists, writers and academics based in Liverpool. For this session Priya Sharma and Salma Noor will be discussing borders; from violent state borders, controlling the flow of capital and human life to invisible borders embodied by groups and institutions, controlling the types of bodies that inhabit spaces. How are these borders constructed and in what ways can we begin to physically and mentally dismantle them?

Gloria Anzaldúa. Borederlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, 1987

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza [1987] is a semi-autobiographical work by Gloria E. Anzaldúa that includes prose and poems detailing the invisible "borders" that exist between Latinas/os and non-Latinas/os, men and women, heterosexuals and homosexuals, and other groups.   

Sara Ahmed. "Affective Economies." Social Text, vol. 22 no. 2, 2004, pp. 117-139

Sara Ahmed concentrates on the influence of emotions on the body and the way that bodies relate with communities, producing social relationships that determine the rhetoric of the nation. The book contributes to the growing conversation about emotion in rhetoric and cultural studies and employs a variety of theories including rhetorical theory, queer theory, feminist theory, Marxist theory, and poststructuralist theory of language. 

Achille Mbembe. Necropolitics 2003

Achille Mbembe explores the term Necropolitics; a theory of the walking dead, namely a way of analysing how "contemporary forms of subjugation of life to the power of death" forces some bodies to remain in different states of being located between life and death. Mbembe uses the examples of slavery, apartheid, the colonisation of Palestine and the figure of the suicide bomber to show how different forms of necropower over the body (statist, racialised, a state of exception, urgency, martyrdom) reduce people to precarious conditions of life.   

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