DiscourseNet Reading Group


We e-meet every month for 90 minutes on Zoom to discuss a pre-selected reading. If you are interested in joining in, just sign up to this group and you will receive further information on dates and readings, as well as the meeting invite. 

For our next meeting on 22 July 2020, 12:00-13:30 CEST, we will read Sara Ahmed's (2013) essay Whiteness and the general will: Diversity work as willful work. Ahmed's analysis of will and willfulness, as well as willingness, in the context of diversity work in higher education institutions will be an uncomfortable read for many of us. She raises difficult questions regarding institutional walls, silencing, individuality and body politics, beautifully continuing on from our discussions in previous sessions on political correctness, subalternity and biopolitics. 

Please send Jaspal an email to view a copy of the text: singhjn@hku.hk. 

We will use mainly some form of English to discuss this reading. 

If you have some questions, if you would like to introduce Ahmed's piece or if you would like to suggest a reading for the next months, please send Jaspal a message at singhjn@hku.hk.

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We are looking forward to discussing Ahmed on diversity work with you on 22 July 2020!

Jens, Luciana, Kaushalya, Jan and Jaspal



Past sessions:

Thank you all for participating in the first three meetings, in which we read:

Michel Foucault's Lecture 3 (from 25 January 1978) on Security, Territory, Population.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's (1988) Can the subaltern speak? 

Norman Fairclough's (2003) 'Political correctness': The politics of culture and language.