SSRI Decolonial Reading Group

September 23, 2022

During the month of September, the University of St. Martin opened its doors to the island’s first Decolonial Reading Group sponsored by the St. Martin Science Research Institute (SSRI).
Dedicated to the collective studying of foundational and contemporary works of Decolonial Thought, the closed reading group composed of interested members of the community meets every two weeks to discuss the contributions of Caribbean, African and Feminist thinkers, as well as the application of decolonial analysis to contemporary society and more specifically to St. Martin. What is the difference between colonialism and coloniality and decoloniality; what do we mean when we use the word decolonization; is there a Black Feminist critique of Caribbean modernity? These are some of the questions that are being discussed in the first cycle lasting from September to December.

Coordinated by Island(er)s at the Helm Ph.D. Researcher Lysanne Charles, the reading circle is currently composed of 6 members who are reading and discussing works of Fanon, Friere, Mbembe, Grosfoguel, Rodney, Lorde, hooks and more. The group will also view and discuss the films of St. Martiners Jonathan van Arneman and work by Lisandro Suriel.

A next call to the general public, for those interested in joining the second cycle, starting in January, will be made in November. For more information please contact Lysanne Charles


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