Julietta Singh: Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements (2018)

22 February 2019, dusan

“In Unthinking Mastery Julietta Singh challenges a core, fraught dimension of geopolitical, cultural, and scholarly endeavor: the drive toward mastery over the self and others. Drawing on postcolonial theory, queer theory, new materialism, and animal studies, Singh traces how pervasive the concept of mastery has been to modern politics and anticolonial movements. She juxtaposes destructive uses of mastery, such as the colonial domination of bodies, against more laudable forms, such as intellectual and linguistic mastery, to underscore how the concept—regardless of its use—is rooted in histories of violence and the wielding of power.

For anticolonial thinkers like Fanon and Gandhi, forms of bodily mastery were considered to be the key to a decolonial future. Yet as Singh demonstrates, their advocacy for mastery unintentionally reinforced colonial logics. In readings of postcolonial literature by J. M. Coetzee, Mahasweta Devi, Indra Sinha, and Jamaica Kincaid, Singh suggests that only by moving beyond the compulsive desire to become masterful human subjects can we disentangle ourselves from the legacies of violence and fantasies of invulnerability that lead us to hurt other humans, animals, and the environment.”

Publisher Duke University Press, Durham, 2018
ISBN 9780822369226, 0822369222
xi+201 pages

Reviews: Melinda Backer (ASAP Journal, 2018), Justyna Poray-Wybranowska (Contemporary Women’s Writing, 2018), Michael Mulvey (Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, 2018).
Interview with author (Roberto Sirvent, Black Agenda Report, 2018)

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OAPEN
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BE.BOP: Black Europe Body Politics (2012-2018)

3 February 2019, dusan

Be.Bop: Black Europe Body Politics, a project of Art Labour Archives, is a decolonial transdisciplinary and indisciplinary curatorial initiative based in Berlin with an international impact through presentations in major cities across three continents.”

“Active in the international cultural arena since 1997, Art Labour Archives has been passionately involved in the production and theorization of performance and the moving image from a Black Diaspora perspective.

In the vision of its founder, Alanna Lockward, disciplines are meant to facilitate each other’s dismantling by means of constantly challenging its own claims to legitimacy. This paradigm inversion places collective knowledge creation as a central ambition. In this sense, the optic and praxis of Art Labour Archives is to surpass the expectations of the society of the spectacle and its insatiable appetite for visual and sensorial stimulation. Instead, the dozens of publications, exhibitions, screening programs, workshops and seminars conceptualized and produced by Art Labour Archives in the last seventeen years, have offered liberation, healing and redemption as a viable alternative.

In short: our journey is one of experiencing “art” as a labour of love and mutual examination and recognition beyond geographical, discursive and disciplinary thresholds. Between 2010—2018 Be.Bop has been presented in conferences, seminars and different public events in three different continents thanks to the support and faith of our partners, participants and friends.”

Be.Bop “is an enterprise led by curator Alanna Lockward; a collective of artists, curators, artivists and activists, social theorists and humanists. A decolonial project of healing, learning and love. Network with the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School and with Decolonial Aesthesis in Bogota and Durham (Duke University)” (Walter Mignolo, project advisor).

Curated by Alanna Lockward
Publisher Art Labour Archives, Berlin, 2012-2018

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Catalogues:
The Skin Thing, 2012, event website
Decolonizing the “Cold” War, 2013, event website
Spiritual Revolutions & The “Scramble for Africa”, 2014, event website
Chronology, 2012-2015
Call & Response, 2016, event website (2)
Coalitions Facing White Innocence, 2018, event website

Walter D. Mignolo, Catherine E. Walsh: On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis (2018)

20 June 2018, dusan

“In On Decoloniality Walter D. Mignolo and Catherine E. Walsh explore the hidden forces of the colonial matrix of power, its origination, transformation, and current presence, while asking the crucial questions of decoloniality’s how, what, why, with whom, and what for. Interweaving theory-praxis with local histories and perspectives of struggle, they illustrate the conceptual and analytic dynamism of decolonial ways of living and thinking, as well as the creative force of resistance and re-existence. This book speaks to the urgency of these times, encourages delinkings from the colonial matrix of power and its ‘universals’ of Western modernity and global capitalism, and engages with arguments and struggles for dignity and life against death, destruction, and civilizational despair.”

Publisher Duke University Press, Durham, 2018
ISBN 9780822370949, 0822370948
xiii+291 pages

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WorldCat

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