The Colonial, the Postcolonial and the Decolonial

Academic Year: 
2018 to 2019

Melissa Free, Assistant Professor, Department of English

Isaac Joslin, Assistant Professor, School of International Letters and Cultures

The Colonial, the Postcolonial and the Decolonial research cluster aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and production of research across historical, ideological, cultural, material, geographical and epistemological dimensions. Participation is welcome to those interested in all sites and forms of colonial conquest, resistance, complicity and aftermaths. Monthly meetings will be organized around a topic or question selected and led by two or more participants, conduct one ore more virtual colloquia with members of similar clusters at other sites and host a public event that will contribute to the creation of more inclusive, just, and sustainable futures.


African and African-American futures: Dialogues on Futurity at the Interstices of Realities

 with presentations by
Isaac Joslin, Assistant Professor of French and
Sakena Young Scaggs, Ph.D. Candidate in Gender and Women’s Studies and Africana Studies
Thursday, November 15, 1-2:30 PM
RBHL 196

Isaac Joslin is Assistant professor of French. His interdisciplinary research on Francophone African literatures and cinemas combines aesthetic theories of representation and socio-cultural interpretations of texts in order to reconfigure discourses of cultural hybridity, gender and youth identity, diaspora communities, and epistemological and developmental autonomy within a humanistic African-centered theoretical framework. His talk is titled, “Re-writing the Science of Science-Fiction: African Writers at the Edge of Futurity.”

Sakena Young-Scaggs is a Ph.D. candidate in Gender and Women’s Studies and Africana Studies. Her research areas include womanist Ethics, philosophy, and religion with special emphasis on family dynamics, human intersubjectivity, and social epistemology as they pertain to women’s collectives. Employing a theoretical lens to study women’s activism, faith-based social movements, intergenerational cultural dynamics, and African Diasporic religious practices, she employs phenomenological methodology informed by womanist ethics and a decolonial transformative ontology in her research practice. Her talk is titled, “Afrofuturist Phenomenology and Life-Affirming Liminality in Independent Comicon Culture.”

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