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Spaces of New Colonialism

Reading Schools, Museums, and Cities in the Tumult of Globalization

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Edited By Cameron McCarthy, Koeli Moitra Goel, Ergin Bulut, Warren Crichlow, Brenda Nyandiko Sanya and Bryce Henson

Spaces of New Colonialism is an edited volume of 16 essays and interviews by prominent and emerging scholars who examine how the restructuring of capitalist globalization is articulated to key sites and institutions that now cut an ecumenical swath across human societies. The volume is the product of sustained, critical rumination on current mutations of space and material and cultural assemblages in key institutional flashpoints of contemporary societies undergoing transformations sparked by neoliberal globalization. The flashpoints foregrounded in this edited volume are concentrated in the nexus of schools, museums and the city. The book features an intense transnational conversation within an online collective of scholars who operate in a variety of disciplines and speak from a variety of locations that cut across the globe, north and south. Spaces of New Colonialism began as an effort to connect political dynamics that commenced with the Arab spring and uprisings and protests against white-on-black police violence in US cities to a broader reading of the career, trajectory and effects of neoliberal globalization.

Contributors look at key flashpoints or targets of neoliberalism in present-day societies: the school, the museum and the city. Collectively, they maintain that the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit movement in England marked a political maturation, not a mere aberration, of some kind—evidence of some new composition of forces, new and intensifying forms of stratification, ultimately new colonialism—that now distinctively characterizes this period of neoliberal globalization.

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Chapter Eleven Blackqueer Pedagogy: (Un)making Memory, Citizenship, and Education (Durell M. Callier)

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Blackqueer Pedagogy: (Un)making Memory, Citizenship, and Education

durell m. callier

Last night no one showed up to march for Rekia Boyd …

(Porsha Olayiwola, October 26, 2016, recorded performance on Button Poetry 2014)

By now, Rekia Boyd,1 Freddie Gray,2 Mike Brown, Korryn Gaines,3 Tamir Rice,4 Amadou Diallo,5 Aiyana Stanley Jones,6 and Sandra Bland7 are household names and cherished memories—for some. By now the protests and outrage have waned—for some. By now “justice” has been served—for some. By now the state has absconded responsibility and the police officers or vigilantes involved have been found not guilty. By now the state has exchanged consciousness for capital, memory for amnesia, and reestablished narratives of our exceptionalism and sovereignty as emblems of an untarnished national identity. By now, we have learned how to treat one another. By now, we know more about our individual and collectivized distinct social positions. By now our relationships to safety, equity, and accessing a good life are more clearly defined. By now, for some we are free and alive. By now, for some.

Writing into the precariousness of Black life in and under siege, this chapter explores the relationships of memory, educative practices, and citizenship. Taking up one of the larger conversations in this book, this chapter is an analysis of the city as a site in which historically situated and future-oriented discourses and material realities...

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