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Why "Difference" Makes All the Difference: Racioscapes and the Decolonial Imaginary.

Sat, May 27, 8:00 to 9:15, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 3, Aqua 309

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This presentation/talk explores some of the tensions between "postcolonialism" and the "decolonial" turn by briefly ruminating over the multidimensional formations, conditions, and entanglements of globalization and race, what cultural anthropologist John Jackson describes as "the racioscape." Focusing primarily on a few examples of the experiences, representations and subjectivities of various populations of African descent in the United States and China, I position the above tensions as offering particular openings and gaps in considering “the color/culture compressions that pull far flung corners...into greater and greater everyday contact.... [and] the inescapably nonflowlike constancy of racial inequality as an effective analytical template for understanding globality, diasporic relations, and transnational interconnections in the past, present, and foreseeable future” (Jackson, Real Black, 56).

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