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Who are we?
We are a collective of scholars, lawyers,  political scientists, journalist, artists, activists, fools, and troublemakers. Our interests focus on issues of violence, occupation, post-colony, self-determination and the future trajectories of war. By making public interventions and opening a public space of debate and dissent, we hope to nurture and cultivate intellectual, artistic and political resistance.

This quote is the anthem to our angst:

‘What good is your knowledge to us? Do you in your analyses of our social realities tell us what we can do to transform them? Does your apprehension of our reality speak to our experience? Do you convey it in a language that we can understand? If you do none of these things, should we not only reject your “knowledge” but, in the interests of our own liberation, consider you a friend to our enemies and a danger to our people?’

We have now existed for less than a year as a collective.

Last fall, with The Graduate Center, CUNY we curated a series of incredible conversation as a part of our Lecture series with Maaza Mengiste, Steven Thrasher, Kalyan Nadiminti, Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Kavitha Rajagopalan. The lectures focused on politics of seeing, understanding the register and vocabularies of violence, investigating the politics of brown, black and queer bodies through body subjectivity, and reading the silences in American literature through Mohamedou Ould Salahi's Guantanamo Diaries. This semester we had the brilliant Michael Busch curating our lecture series, Border, and Bodies. Alongside our Political Violence and Justice Lab, we are also regularly producing podcasts, a weekly reading list, essays and commentary that engage with the intellectual history of the present. On the works for the next year are two other conferences and symposiums on Decolonising Photography, and Rethinking the function of representations in Media.  You can see all our lectures, podcast and essay on our site.

Fundamental to our work is asking simple questions. What does mean to think, be critical, dissent, and speak truth to power in these precarious times? How do we create a stake in producing knowledge? How do we make sure that the knowledge we are producing comes from the street and benefits communities in resistance? Above all how do we intervene and win arguments in the public domain? 

Producing this conversation allows us to speak with writers, scholars, researchers, philosophers, artists, activists and filmmakers on a regular basis.  For each episode, our guest will be asked to choose five pieces or items that have influenced their intellectual life and their work. These five items can be books, art, music, poetry, photographs, performance, a person, an event, or an experience. The choices then become the basis of a free-flowing conversation that discusses our guest’s life, their personal, political and intellectual journeys and histories. At the end of the programme, our current guest will nominate the person to be interviewed next in the series making this podcast an exercise in serendipity and an intellectual history of a new generation of writers/ scholars/ artists and activists.

Our first guest is Hassan Ghedi Santur, contributing editor at WARSCAPES, who picked Roopa Gogineni, a filmmaker, and photographer who lives between Nairobi and Paris. she elected Nanjala Nyabola, a Kenyan writer, humanitarian advocate, and political analyst, currently based in Nairobi. Nanjala then elected Dutch academic and scholar Naomi Van Stapele. You can listen to all our existing podcasts with others, and lectures on our site.

We don't know where this journey will take us .. so join in and find out!

 ***All Patreon get access to all our lectures, essays, and other works. ***

We create advertisement free knowledge! 
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Who are we?
We are a collective of scholars, lawyers,  political scientists, journalist, artists, activists, fools, and troublemakers. Our interests focus on issues of violence, occupation, post-colony, self-determination and the future trajectories of war. By making public interventions and opening a public space of debate and dissent, we hope to nurture and cultivate intellectual, artistic and political resistance.

This quote is the anthem to our angst:

‘What good is your knowledge to us? Do you in your analyses of our social realities tell us what we can do to transform them? Does your apprehension of our reality speak to our experience? Do you convey it in a language that we can understand? If you do none of these things, should we not only reject your “knowledge” but, in the interests of our own liberation, consider you a friend to our enemies and a danger to our people?’

We have now existed for less than a year as a collective.

Last fall, with The Graduate Center, CUNY we curated a series of incredible conversation as a part of our Lecture series with Maaza Mengiste, Steven Thrasher, Kalyan Nadiminti, Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Kavitha Rajagopalan. The lectures focused on politics of seeing, understanding the register and vocabularies of violence, investigating the politics of brown, black and queer bodies through body subjectivity, and reading the silences in American literature through Mohamedou Ould Salahi's Guantanamo Diaries. This semester we had the brilliant Michael Busch curating our lecture series, Border, and Bodies. Alongside our Political Violence and Justice Lab, we are also regularly producing podcasts, a weekly reading list, essays and commentary that engage with the intellectual history of the present. On the works for the next year are two other conferences and symposiums on Decolonising Photography, and Rethinking the function of representations in Media.  You can see all our lectures, podcast and essay on our site.

Fundamental to our work is asking simple questions. What does mean to think, be critical, dissent, and speak truth to power in these precarious times? How do we create a stake in producing knowledge? How do we make sure that the knowledge we are producing comes from the street and benefits communities in resistance? Above all how do we intervene and win arguments in the public domain? 

Producing this conversation allows us to speak with writers, scholars, researchers, philosophers, artists, activists and filmmakers on a regular basis.  For each episode, our guest will be asked to choose five pieces or items that have influenced their intellectual life and their work. These five items can be books, art, music, poetry, photographs, performance, a person, an event, or an experience. The choices then become the basis of a free-flowing conversation that discusses our guest’s life, their personal, political and intellectual journeys and histories. At the end of the programme, our current guest will nominate the person to be interviewed next in the series making this podcast an exercise in serendipity and an intellectual history of a new generation of writers/ scholars/ artists and activists.

Our first guest is Hassan Ghedi Santur, contributing editor at WARSCAPES, who picked Roopa Gogineni, a filmmaker, and photographer who lives between Nairobi and Paris. she elected Nanjala Nyabola, a Kenyan writer, humanitarian advocate, and political analyst, currently based in Nairobi. Nanjala then elected Dutch academic and scholar Naomi Van Stapele. You can listen to all our existing podcasts with others, and lectures on our site.

We don't know where this journey will take us .. so join in and find out!

 ***All Patreon get access to all our lectures, essays, and other works. ***

We create advertisement free knowledge! 

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$5 or more per month
All our supporters get access to our material first, including transcripts, and a curated reading lists.  You also get priority seatings and access to all our lectures, teach-ins and classes.