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David Theo Goldberg Visits McMaster University March 15-16, 2012

The Public Intellectuals Project is pleased to announce the following events with David Theo Goldberg:

Workshop on “The Postracial Contemporary
Thursday, March 15, 2012
12:00-2:00 pm
Togo Salmon Hall 719

Public Lecture on “The Afterlife of the Humanities
Thursday, March 15, 2012
7:30 pm
McMaster University Student Centre Room 319 (CIBC Hall)

Seminar on “Networking Knowledge: Between the Digital and the Humanities
Friday, March 16, 2012
Togo Salmon Hall 719

All are welcome!


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David Theo Goldberg and Bill C-10

David Theo Goldberg’s Critical Theories Reveal the Racisms Inherent to the Omnibus Crime Bill Canada’s popular multicultural narrative celebrates the ideology that the nation “consistently supports a high quality of life for everyone, be one white or settler, Indigenous, or … Continue reading

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The University We Are For?
There’s no denying that a violent and unforgiving justice system is on the rise in North America. We see it already further segregating populations, draining federal coffers, and locking countless people away for longer than ever before. So what does it mean when this system—meant to improve, rather than debilitate, lives—brutally enters the university to shut down the institution’s ability to act as a space of resistance to these kinds of injustice?

Focusing on the police’s violent attacking of students protesting tuition hikes and funding cuts at the University of California and the actions (or lack thereof) of the university’s administrators in the wake of the police’s frightening response to social resistance, David Theo Goldberg highlights the suppression of free speech in the very institution built to encourage and protect it. He challenges us to think about the significance of these events: if this is the price of activism at the University of California, is the university really influencing its students to engage in critical thinking and join movements necessary for a true democracy? Or is it slipping into complicity with the very forces it vowed to keep in check? Read the article…

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Playing Racial Politics in America Today
The popular colourblind narrative in the United States is deeply worrying. By asserting that the nation is “post-race,” colourblindness negates the very real and continuous presence of racism. Accordingly, this ideology casts current inequalities as products of individual choice, veiling the structural racism in which these inequalities are rooted and the historical processes that shaped them.

David Theo Goldberg asserts that “colourblindness” has been used by conservatives not only to cover up present racisms, but to foreclose resistance to racism by suffocating its exposure—for example, colourblindness renders any consideration of the ongoing impact of race as itself racist. When faced with the necessity of transforming realities that many people refuse to acknowledge, Goldberg encourages readers to break through colourblindness and reveal racisms by being critical and attentive citizens. As Goldberg exemplifies in his academic and popular writings on critical race theory, public intellectuals can take up the call to challenge colourblindness and racism through critical engagement by analyzing the ongoing presence of race and its workings in their own communities.  Read the article…

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Neoliberalizing Race
In this lecture, David Theo Goldberg briefly traces the history of race through 500 years of planetary globalization, drawing a distinction between two forms of racial thinking. “Racial naturalism” is the view that non-Europeans are inherently inferior to Europeans. “Racial historicism,” by contrast, constructs non-Europeans as historically immature and in need of civilizing by Europeans. “Race” itself is a construction of the modern state that institutionalizes racial violence by elevating racial thinking to a kind of secular theology—an assertion of faith in one type of “humanity” and an embodiment of an unrelenting will-to-power. In it neoliberal manifestation since the 1980s, race has become a focal point for modes of privatization and an alibi for the attack on the welfare state and affirmative action. The role of the neoliberal “traffic cop state” is to provide order to the flows of capital, people, goods, and information, while eviscerating race as an explicit facet of modern governmentality. Two prevailing forms of managing heterogeneity under neoliberalism involve regulating racial “mixture”—implicitly a reassertion of the purity and privileges of whiteness—and more overtly through the control and policing of space.

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