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Yasmeen Daifallah — Theorize and Decolonize: Critiques of Colonial Subjectivity in Contemporary Arab Thought

May 26, 2021 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm  |  Virtual Event


What does it take to cultivate decolonized subjects in postcolonial times? When anti-colonial struggles are all said and done, and the dust settles on a profoundly reshaped social, economic, and political landscape in their wake, what kinds of intellectual and political labor are required to undo colonized subjectivities and to gradually and systematically produce decolonized ones in their stead? This talk brings the oeuvres of central contemporary Arab thinkers to bear on these questions and discusses what the current resonances of their thought might be for our times.


RSVP by 11 AM on Wednesday, May 26th; you will receive the Zoom link and password at 11:30 AM the day of the colloquium.

Yasmeen Daifallah is Assistant Professor of Politics at UCSC and has been teaching there since January 2019. She arrived by way of UMass-Amherst, the University of Southern California, and UC Berkeley, where she also earned her PhD in political science. She has research interests in critical and postcolonial theory, comparative political theory, and Arab and Islamic political thought.

The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. We gather online at 12:10 PM, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM.

Staff assistance is provided by The Humanities Institute.

*2020-2021 colloquia will be held virtually until further notice. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own coffee, tea, and cookies to the session.


May 26, 2021
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm