ASMCF x SFS Postgraduate Reading Group 2024

The ASMCF and SFS are excited to announce ‘Contemporary Critical Approaches’, a new postgraduate reading group taking place online in Spring 2024. This interdisciplinary reading group for postgraduates explores contemporary critical thinking around four central themes: archives, the posthuman, decoloniality, and pedagogy. Each session will be an opportunity for resource-sharing and discussion in a friendly and informal environment. The full programme can be found below.

This series is open to all. We hope to see many of you there!

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SEMINAR 1: Archives of the Body

Wednesday 24 January 2024, 6pm–7.15pm (GMT)

  1. Allan Sekula, ‘The Body and the Archive’, October 39 (1986): 3–64
  1. Saidiya Hartman, ‘Venus in Two Acts’, Small Axe 12.2 (2008): 1–14
  1. Ann Laura Stoler, 'Chapter 1: Prologue in Two Parts' in Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009), pp. 1–16 [optional]

SEMINAR 2: Posthuman Ecologies

Wednesday 7 February 2024, 6pm–7.15pm (GMT)

  1. Rosi Braidotti and Iu Andrés, ‘Interview with Rosi Braidotti: "What is necessary is a radical transformation, following the bases of feminism, anti-racism and anti-fascism"’, CCBC (2 April 2019)
  1. Cecilia Åsberg, Redi Koobak, and Ericka Johnson, ‘Beyond the Humanist Imagination’, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research 19.4 (2011): 218–30
  1. Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, ‘L’être, l’autre et l’entre’, exhibition, Palais de Tokyo (2023) [optional]

SEMINAR 3: Decoloniality

Wednesday 21 February 2024, 6pm–7.15pm (GMT)

  1. Achille Mbembe, 'Avant-Propos' and 'Introduction' in Sortir de la grande nuit: Essai sur l'Afrique décolonisée (Paris: La Découverte, 2010) pp. 9–29
  1. Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, ‘What, After All, Is Decolonisation?’ in Against Decolonisation: Taking African Agency Seriously (London: Hurst & Co., 2022) pp. 24–49
  1. Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, ‘Decolonise This! Taking History and Agency Seriously’ in Against Decolonisation: Taking African Agency Seriously (London: Hurst & Co., 2022) pp. 113–34 [optional]

SEMINAR 4: Pedagogy

Wednesday 6 March 2024, 6pm–7.15pm (GMT)

  1. bell hooks, ‘Introduction’, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (New York; London: Routledge, 1994) pp. 1–12
  1. Eugenia Zuroski, ‘"Where do you know from?" An exercise in placing ourselves together in the classroom’, MAI Feminism (27 January 2020)
  1. Jacques Rancière, Andréa Benvenuto, Laurence Cornu, and Patrice Vermeren, 'L'actualité du “Maître ignorant”: entretien avec Jacques Rancière’, Le Télémaque (2005)