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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.

Cameron McCarthy is Communications Scholar and University Scholar in the Department of Educational Policy, Leadership and Organization (EPOL) and in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Koeli Moitra Goel is an independent researcher and writer from Chicago, who also devotes her time to community organizing and filmmaking. She holds a doctorate in Communications and Media from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Ergin Bulut is Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Visual Arts at Koc University, Istanbul and Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University.

Warren Crichlow is Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, York University.

Brenda Nyandiko Sanya is Assistant Professor in Educational Studies, Colgate University.

Bryce Henson is an Accountability, Equity, Climate, and Scholarship Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Identity in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University.