Sep 24, 2019
Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism
- 11:00 to 12:30
- Reading Group
- Dept. III
For this session, we will read the following text(s):
[Provocation text:] Nadim, Tahani. “Seeds: German East Africa, 1892”. To be published in: An Alphabetical History of (post)Colonial Planning. (eds.) Anindita Nag, Emily Brownell, Helen Verran, Kavita Philip, Martina Schlünder, Sarah Blacker, and Sarah Van Beurden/ Under consideration by MIT Press.
- Haraway, Donna. “The Bio-Politics of a Multicultural Field.” In: Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science. New York, London: Routledge, 1989, p. 249–280
- Subramaniam, Banu. “Thigmatropic Tales On the Politics and Social Lives of Morning Glories”. In: Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2014, p. 27–44
- Gan, E., Tsing, A., Swanson, H., Bubandt, N. “Haunted Landscapes of the Anthropocene”. In: (eds.) Gan, E., et al., Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Ghosts of the Anthropocene. University of Minnesota Press, 2017, p. 1–14.
Contact and Registration
Open to all, no registration required. Any questions about this or further sessions can be addressed by sending an email to Marianna Szczygielska at firstname.lastname@example.org or by speaking directly to Marianna, Edna Bonhomme, or Helen R. Verran in person.
About This Series
“Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism” is a monthly reading seminar interrogating "postcolonial" as an analytic concept in the history of science. The goal is to understand the ethics and mechanisms of our own epistemic practices as they relate to politics and power. We aim to examine the ways that epistemology is both historically contingent and actively produced within the history of science with the goal of troubling our disciplinary positions. For each meeting we list and circulate
- a short ‘provocative text’ to carry the empirical element and to provoke us to go wider in attempting to attend to something that troubles. Everyone is expected to read that text
- two or three "theoretical" or descriptive papers that we feel might be useful in "attending to the trouble." These are optional readings. The idea is that everyone who attends the discussion will have read at least the short provocation paper and bring some "troubles" to the meeting