DiscourseNet Reading Group


We e-meet every month for 90 minutes on Zoom to discuss a pre-selected reading. If you are interested in joining in, just sign up to this group and you will receive further information on dates and readings, as well as the meeting invite. 


Our next meeting:

For our next session on Monday, 28 November 2022, 13-14.30 CET, we will read the article Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang (2012) Decolonization is not a metaphor. In their landmark essay, Tuck and Yang discuss decolonisation in the context of Indigeneity in the North American settler colonial state. They argue that the language of 'decolonisation' is at risk of being used in metaphorical ways for various social justice oriented purposes (such as 'decolonising schools' or 'decolonising methods') without acknowledging the settler colonial project of appropriation of native land and the displacement and genocide of native populations. In contrast, Tuck and Yang propose that decolonisation is not a metaphor, "it is not an approximation of other experiences of oppression." (p. 3): "Decolonization is not a swappable term for other things we want to do to improve our societies and schools. Decolonization doesn't have a synonym" (ibid.). 

If you cannot access the article via your university library, you may view it here.

We mainly use some form of English in this group. 

If you have some questions, or if you would like to introduce suggest a reading for the next months, please send Jaspal a message at jaspal.singh@open.ac.uk.

See you soon! 

Dana, Jaspal, Magdalena, Jan, Kaushalya and Jens


Past sessions:

Thank you all for participating in our previous meetings, in which we read:

Michel Foucault's Lecture 3 (from 25 January 1978) on Security, Territory, Population.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1988) Can the subaltern speak? 

Norman Fairclough (2003) 'Political correctness': The politics of culture and language.

Sara Ahmed (2012) Whiteness and the general will: Diversity work as willful work.

Jan Blommaert (2013) Ethnography, Superdiversity and Linguistic Landscapes: Chronicles of Complexity.

Donna Haraway (1985) A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminsim in the Late Twentieth Century. 

Rogers Brubaker and Frederick Cooper (2000) Beyond "identity".

Hannah Arendt (1969) On Violence. 

Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe (1985) Hegemony & Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics

Kwame Krumah (1968) Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare: A Guide to the Armed Phase of the African Revolution.

Gloria Anzaldúa (1987) Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza.

Valentin N. Vološinov (1973) Marxism and the Philosophy of Language.

Giorgio Agamben (2006) What is an Apparatus?

Tommaso M. Milani, Muzna Awayed-Bishara, Roey J. Gafter and Erez Levon (2020) When the checkpoint becomes a counterpoint: Stasis as queer dissent.

Charles W. Mills (2018) Black Radical Kantianism. 

Madina Tlostanova (2020) Of birds and trees: Rethinking decoloniality through unsettlement as a pluriversal human condition.

bell hooks (1989) Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black.

Ngai-Ling Sum (2018) Towards a cultural political economy: Staging an encounter between Marx, Gramsci and Foucault.


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