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PARSE Dialogue - Violence, Desire, and Settler Colonialism

Research profile seminar

Welcome to this PARSE Dialogue, featuring a work-in-progress presentation by Hagar Kotef, senior lecturer at SOAS, University of London, entitled "Death as the Political Horizon: Lorraine Hansberry's "Les Blancs" and the Question of Decolonization".

The presentation will be followed by a response by Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, professor at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg. The dialogue will be in English.

This event is free and open to the public. No sign-up necessary, refreshments will be served. Welcome!

Violence, Desire, and Settler Colonialism
A conversation about Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs

Set in an unnamed, colonized African country on the brink of upheaval, Lorraine Hansberry's play "Les Blancs" attempts to capture a complex spectrum of power, colonial violence, and decolonial resistance.

Hagar Kotef's presentation examines the relations between death and the attachment to the colonial space, to ask about both the conditions of settlements and the ways political metaphors travel from the artistic sphere to the field of political struggle. Centering on two figures in the play - Major Rice, who represents most explicitly the violence of colonization, and Madame Nielsen, who is perhaps the only white figure in the play who is not seen as an agent of violence - Kotef raises a series of questions about violence, desire, and settlement.

Hagar Kotef is a senior lecturer in political theory at SOAS/University of London and the author of Movement and the Ordering of Freedom(2015).

Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, is PARSE professor at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg.

The PARSE Dialogues are a series of seminars on artistic research, arranged by the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing arts and they are open to the public. This Dialogue is part of the arc Intersectional Engagements in Politics and Art.

Date: 3/28/2018

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Categories: Research, Art

Organizer: Konstnärliga fakulteten

Location: Valand Academy, Vasagatan 50
Glashuset, Chalmersgatan 4-6

Contact person: Kristina Hagström-Ståhl

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