Political Thinking at the Margins A Global Conference April 6-7, 2017

Fall 2016 Grant Recipient


Murad Idris (Politics), Lawrie Balfour(Politics), Sandhya Shukla (English), and Jalane Schmidt (Religious Studies) This two-day conference brings together established and emerging scholars of colonialism, settler-colonialism, and race for a discussion of law, violence, borders, war, property, sovereignty, the global, and the humanities in different contexts around the globe. While our approach is interdisciplinary and comparative, we acknowledge challenges to Western canons and to the "comparative" turn in the humanities; and we are also mindful that comparison is a political activity that may reinforce existing distinctions between West and non-West, settler and native, white and non-white, civilized and uncivilized, and so forth. Accordingly, the conference seeks to elicit connections and understand the disconnections between bodies of thought that have, in contemporary academic formations, remained distinct.