Our first reading group of the year was a small discussion but fascinating nontheless. For those unable to attend an audio recording is now available via the library website.
Key questions for discussion:
- What did you make of the text?
- Would you say that we are in a post-colonial era?
- Post-colonial theory emerged in the 1990s. How relevant is it to contemporary life, both inside and outside of academia?
- What is the importance of gender in relation to post-colonial and other theories? Does if matter that most of the theorising has been done by men?
- P.81 What do you think of CBD's statement that: 'post-coloniality represents a misnaming of current realities?[...]'?
- P.83 What do you think of the statement: 'We are not beyond Western colonialism... Western colonialism is not the only colonialism around.'?
- P.84 Quoting CBD: '[...] the ideology of most "postings" convets the that the older systems, as well as their after-effects, are carried over into the present of future'. CBD gives 'post-feminism' as an example. Can 'post-racial' also be added to this as examples of ideologies/theories which have an element of denial about them?
Our next reading group will take place Thursday 10th February 2011. We will be reading Dimitrakaki, Angela. "All that is sold melts into air' but I can't change anything': on the indentity of the artist in the networks of global capital', in Jonathan Harris (ed.) Identity theft: the cultural colonisation of contemporary art. Liverpool UP, 2008, pp.221-245.
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Our new updated list of upcoming texts for discussion is now availalble here, along with audio recording from previous reading group discussions.