25 research outputs found

    Brexit and the temporalities of racism in British higher education

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    Brexit has brought into visibility various strands of racist thinking and practice that have, for many years, simmered under the surface in British life. Discourse about Brexit reveals an enduring nativist and imperialist sentiment that calls into question British liberalism and its purported multiculturalism. Much writing regarding Brexit has focused on issues of class and urban and rural divides related to the disenfranchised white working class. This piece focuses not only on how race/racism (re)emerges as an important category of experience, but also how it mobilizes young people who have been subject to various forms of violent and everyday racialized exclusion in the UK to voice their discontent and demands publicly and, in some cases, collectively within the context of British higher educational institutions. I focus, in particular, on the temporalities these young people invoke to understand and fight against racism in the Brexit era, and the sort of generational divides they make visible

    Archiving Postcolonial Modernity: The Foreign Service Family Slide Show

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    Circulating ethnographic films in the digital age

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    Policing the "Sensible" in the Era of YouTube: Urban Villages and Racialized Subjects in Delhi

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    This short article argues for an attention to the ways in which prosumer video footage presumed to be destined for online social media circulation polices the sensible and, in turn, is policed because of its capacity to reveal the messy, turbulent politics of the everyday. I focus on one incident I had in an urban village in Delhi, India where I was questioned by a group of young men when I filmed a spontaneous mob scene on the street where the fate of African nationals residing in the village was debated. The young men assumed I was going to upload the footage onto YouTube and argued that I was going to cause harm if I did so. Their interest in policing my somewhat amateur audio-visual representations of the unfolding events in relationship to their potential digital circulation, I suggest, not only opens up the space for us to think through what comprises a politics of the sensible in millennial urban India but to think about the ethical and political conundrums facing ethnographers in their pursuit of the everyda

    Stage as Street: Representation at the Juncture of the Arts and Justice

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    Arts educators working with court-involved youth face a set of complex and imbricated challenges. First, how do we gain the interest of the young people we would have participate in what we imagine are col-laborative and mutually generative projects? Second, how do we mediate representational tensions when the project is not solely therapeutic but has a broader public pedagogical purpose‚ÄĒto disrupt the simplistic and pathologizing discourses of poverty and violence that so often capture young men and women of color in the United States? (Bourgois, 2002; Noguera, 2008). Third, and not least, how do we navigate the institutional settings where our arts programs are situated, given that the institutions might have overlapping and divergent interests in promoting the arts and arts education

    In the Dark all Cats are Black

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    Photo-essay in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Special issue: Southern Futures

    Distribute Playbook

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    This report offers an in-depth account of the planning and organizing for the SCA/SVA virtual binannual conference, held in May, 2020

    Desiring Bollywood: Re-staging racism, exploring difference

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    In this article I engage with the insights that emerged through the making of Desiring Bollywood, a collaborative ethno-fiction project I produced in 2018. The project recruited academics, amateur actors, novice filmmakers, and enthusiastic university students to narrate the story of Jason, an aspiring actor and filmmaker from Nigeria who I first met in 2013 soon after his release from Tihar Prison in Delhi, India. My goals are two-fold: first, to share a few scenes from the film ‚Äď embedded in this article as video clips ‚Äď to broadly theorize the affordances and limits of what I call re-staging, the collaborative, performance-based multimodal method we devised and deployed to produce Desiring Bollywood. Second, and more central to the article, I aim to analyze these very same scenes to show how re-staging, as it offered participants involved in the project the opportunity to reflexively explore how Jason‚Äôs experiences of discrimination in Delhi and the aspirations and desires that led him there in the first place, create a rich site of analysis to engage with the nuances of anti-Black racism in India in a moment where ‚ÄėIndia-Africa‚Äô economic relationships are on the rise. RESUMEN En este art√≠culo examino el entendimiento que surgi√≥ a trav√©s de la producci√≥n de Desiring Bollywood, un proyecto colaborativo de etno-ficci√≥n que realic√© en 2018. El proyecto reclut√≥ acad√©micos, actores amateurs, productores cinematogr√°ficos novicios y entusiastas estudiantes universitarios para narrar la historia de Jason, un aspirante a actor y productor cinematogr√°fico, de Nigeria a quien conoc√≠ en 2013, poco despu√©s de su puesta en libertad de la Prisi√≥n Tihar en Delhi, India. Mi prop√≥sito es doble: primero, compartir algunas escenas del filme ‚Äď embebidas en este art√≠culo como video clips‚Äď para teorizar ampliamente las affordances y l√≠mites de lo que llamo remontaje, el colaborativo m√©todo multimodal basado en performance, que nosotros ideamos y utilizamos para producir Desiring Bollywood. Segundo, y m√°s central al art√≠culo, tengo como objetivo analizar estas mismas escenas para mostrar c√≥mo el remontaje, en la medida que ofreci√≥ a los participantes involucrados en el proyecto la oportunidad de explorar reflexivamente c√≥mo las experiencias de Jason de discriminaci√≥n en Delhi y las aspiraciones y deseos que lo llevaron all√≠ en primer lugar, crea un sitio profundo de an√°lisis para abordar los matices del racismo anti-negro en India en un momento donde las relaciones econ√≥micas ‚ÄúIndia-√Āfrica‚ÄĚ est√°n en aumento