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. 

For our next session on Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 13-14.30 CEST, we will read the first chapter of bell hooks' (1989) book Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black. We will restrict ourselves to the first chapter (pp. 5-9), in which hooks reflects on her own experiences of speaking and talking back as a black woman in Civil Rights era of the southern United States. She ends this chapter with this paragraph: "Moving from silence into speech is for the oppressed, the colonized, the exploited, and those who stand and struggle side by side a gesture of defiance that heals, that makes new life and new growth possible. It is that act of speech, of 'talking back,' that is no mere gesture of empty words, that is the expression of our movement from object to subject - the liberated voice" (hooks 1989: 9). 

If you cannot access the book 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! 

Jan, Kaushalya, Jaspal 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


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