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Crunching the Core

October 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

For this season of Crunching the Core, we will attempt to bring some familiar (and some new) texts to bear on contemporary issues.

Our first session will take place on Wednesday 5th October at 10:00-11:30 EST (16:00-17:30 CET). In this session, we will discuss the topic of Ukraine/Russia through the lens of racial capitalism, focusing on the critical move of foregrounding/backgrounding. Geopolitical forces and the criminality of the war have tended to background racial and gendered dimensions of confrontation. In this session, we will ask: what are some of the ways in which race and gender have been occluded by/in the conflict and discussions about it, and how might these dimensions be foregrounded?

Leading us will be Vasuki Nesiah and Arnulf Becker LorcaThey will be setting up our discussion of the following texts:

  • Paul Melly, ‘How Russia has outflanked Ukraine in Africa’ (BBC News, 22 July 2022)
  • W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Of the Culture of White Folk’ (1917) Vol.7, No. 4 Journal of Race Development 434-447 (selected excerpts)
  • Mbembe, ‘Notes on Late Eurocentrism’ (In the Moment, 1 July 2021, trans. C. Shread) (selected excerpts)
  • J. Baldwin, ‘Stranger in the Village’, from Notes of A Native Son (Beacon Press 1955) (selected excerpts)


October 5, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am