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Decolonial & Third World Studies: Discussion & tour with Antonio Serna

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Since the 1960s, students of color have fought to decolonize campuses across the Americas. One of their goals was to introduce studies related to their own experiences and include their history outside of the dominant Eurocentric lens. We will discuss some of theoriginal demands and achievements, and compare them to the current wave of decolonizing academia.

Secondly, one of main concerns in the project Our Time is to highlight the racism in thearts as affecting all people of color across America. We ask, what can we gain from acomparative ethnographic analysis of this history? What are the limits and pitfalls of such study? How does it affect the visual arts and visual cultural studies in general (framework of research, production, participation, and consumption)?

As a third discussion point, we will consider spaces of resistance, noting Esteban Izquierdo Mejia's intro to Spaces of Cultural Resistance that is similarly echoed in Macarena Gomez-Barris' intro to The Extractive Zone. Can we consider examples of the importance of spaces of resistance (decolonial or otherwise) that, as Mejia notes, "operate to create imagined geographies of belonging that challenge the effects of cultural oppression at the local and regional level?"

*Pre-Event: Exhibition walk-through with artist Antonio Serna starts at 6:15 pm


Moderated by Patrick Jaojoco

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Patrick Jaojoco is a Brooklyn-based arts professional, curator, researcher, and writer focusing on political ecology and historiography, in particular how creative practices and landscape interpretation can aid in public understanding of long-term ecological, economic, and political histories. He has organized numerous exhibitions and public programs throughout New York; recently, he worked with the curatorial collective Frontview on a project around American pre-colonial, colonial, and cartographic histories and practices. He currently works at Storefront for Art and Architecture, where Patrick supports the organization's exhibitions and projects as Development and Communications Associate. Patrick was a 2015-2017 Curatorial Fellow at SVA's MA Curatorial Practice program, and received his BA in English Literature and Environmental Studies from New York University. `

Macarena Gomez-Barris is Professor and Chairperson of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She is also Director of the Global South Center (GSC), a research center that works at the intersection of social ecologies, art/politics, and decolonial methodologies. Her instructional focus is on Latinx and Latin American Studies, memory and the afterlives of violence, decolonial theory, the art of social protest, and queer femme epistemes.

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and affiliate faculty in Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses related to Indigenous studies, critical race studies, settler colonial studies, and anarchist studies. She is the current Chair of American Studies and the current Director of the Center for the Americas. Her first book is Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press 2008) and her second book is Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and theColonial Politics of State Nationalism (Duke University Press, 2018). She also has a new edited book, Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders. Kauanui currently serves as a co-producer for an anarchist politics show called "Anarchy on Air," a majority POC show co-produced with a group of Wesleyan students, which builds on her earlier work on another collaborative anarchist program called "Horizontal Power Hour."

Conor Tomás Reed is an archivist, doctoral student, educator, and organizer at the City University of New York, a collective member of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and a co-founding participant in the Free University of New York City. Conor researches twentieth and twenty first-century literatures of social movements and urban freedom schools, and is a 2016-2017 Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Conor is currently working on his dissertation: CUNY Will Be Free!: Black, Puerto Rican, and Women's Compositions, Literatures, and Studies at the City College of New York and New York City, 1960-1980.
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