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Book Launch: Decolonial Imaginings/ Intersectional Conversations and Contestations (in-person)

Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre

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Please join us for the launch of Professor Avtar Brah's new book, 'Decolonial Imaginings/ Intersectional Conversations and Contestations'. A reception will follow the presentations and Q&A discussion.

Decolonial Imaginings/ Intersectional Conversations and Contestations is a transdisciplinary study of the ways in which mobilities take social forms and result in multiple belongings. Situated within the confluence of decolonial feminist theory, border theory, and diaspora studies, it explores borders and boundaries and how politics of connectivity are produced in and through struggles over 'difference'. Inter alia the book analyses Intersectionality in relation to diaspora; theorises the relationship between diaspora, law, and literature; and, between affect, memory and cultural politics. It addresses instances of economies of abandonment such as the plight of people in boats in the Mediterranean when a number perished because of a catalogue of failures by NATO warships and European coastguards. In revisiting the Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guatati's notion of 'nomad thought' it seeks to assess the framework's value today. It examines the politics of 'Black' in Britain with a focus on women of African-Caribbean and South Asian background. The text also explores stereotypic representations of Muslim Women in the context of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism, and the complexities of the #MeToo movement and how whiteness is configured in these contestations.

This event will take place in the Clore Management Building, rooms B01 and the Basement Foyer. 

Invited Speakers:


Avtar Brah, Professor Emeritus in Sociology at Birkbeck, in conversation with Professor Ann Phoenix, University College London


Gail Lewis, Visiting Professor at Yale University

Dr Nirmal Puwar, Goldsmiths, University of London

Professor Niral Yuval-Davis, University of East London

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