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MnM postdoc wins prestigious DECRA

8 December 2011

Congratulations to Gilbert Caluya for being one of only two recipients of Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) granted this year in the field of cultural studies. The DECRAs are highly prestigious and highly competitive awards, and this year only 277 out of over 2500 applications were successful. Gilbert will be taking up the title of South Australia Research Fellow from 31 March 2012 when his project begins. The project is an investigation into ways in which expressions of Islamophobia interact with perceptions of Muslim misogyny. It has an alliterative title: Borders, Burqas and Babies. Gilbert has been with the MnM Centre since its beginning and all at the centre are very pleased for him.

MnM hosts CSAA 2011 Conference

28 November 2011

The MnM Centre successfully hosted the CSAA 2011 Annual Conference on 21–24 November with the theme ‘Cultural ReOrientations and Comparative Colonialities’. After the Welcome to Country from Kaurna Elder, Uncle Louis, Prof Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Australia, opened the conference with Dr Amanda Third, President of the CSAA. Speakers at the conference included: Prof Sara Ahmed, Assoc Prof Ramon Grosfoguel, Prof Sneja Gunew, Dr Nathalia Jaramillo, Dr Brian Klug, Prof Peter McLaren, Assoc Prof Greg Noble, Prof Elspeth Probyn, Assoc Prof Thomas Reifer and Dr Katrina Schlunke. Thanks to all the speakers and of course to all the conference delegates for making this a success.

By Gilbert Caluya

Podcasts from Decolonial Horizons Symposium

18 August 2011

In these two engaging talks, presented at the ReOrienting the World: Decolonial Horizons symposium in March 2011, Ramon Grosfuguel and Thomas Reifer put forward approaches and perspectives that allow us to envision new strategies in the task of ReOrienting the world.

Assoc Prof Ramon Grosfoguel, University of California, Berkeley, 'The challenge of de-linking from Eurocentric fundamentalism and relinking to decolonial transmodern knowledges' (podcast, 25 minutes)

Assoc Prof Thomas Reifer, University of San Diego, 'Mapping comparative colonialities, genocides and "holocausts": towards a new research agenda' (podcast, 21 minutes)

Eroticism in Indian soaps

5 July 2011

Shvetal Vyas presented a paper last week, ‘Traditional yet modern: marital eroticism in Indian soaps’ at Console-ing Passions: An International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism. The conference, held 21–23 July, was co-hosted by the University of South Australia, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide. 

Talk on veiled interests of multiculturalism

12 May 2011

Dr Gilbert Caluya presented a talk to the Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre AGM. Read his talk.

ReOrienting the World: Decolonial Horizons

28 March 2011

The International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding (MnM) at the University of South Australia hosted an international symposium on 22–23 March as part of its commitment to improving understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities and the elaboration of critical Muslim studies and launching a major research programme: ReOrienting the World, which will animate the various research activities of the centre.

Key to this program is the development of a symposium series dedicated to addressing the specific questions arising from the ways in which the world that we live in continues to be haunted by the histories, economies and cultures inaugurated by Europe’s framing of the globe. For almost half a millennium the non-West was impossible to name except as a lack. It was a residual category, reflecting its subaltern position in the world order. Giving the non-West a name opens up a decolonising horizon and is a way of re-orienting the world. This re-orientation is a way of framing the erosion of western hegemony. It points to the possibility of imagining a different configuration of the planet. Decolonial horizons was the first symposium in the series and primarily focused on the epistemological and methodological implications of the de-centring of the West.

Two delegates, Prof Ramon Grosfoguel and Prof Thomas Reifer generously gave their time to talk to us about their experiences at the Braudel Centre. Read the write-up of the meeting.

Article on Indian students

21 March 2011

Dr Gilbert Caluya and Shvetal Vyas have just published an article, co-authored with Prof Elspeth Probyn, on Indian international students in higher education in the Cambridge Journal of Education, volume 41, number 1.

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