WAI Think Tank: "Beyond Reparations: Post-Colonial Loudreaders, Colonial Footprints, and the case for white studies" [res. V. Mitch McEwen]

Nov 28, 2023, 6:00 pm7:30 pm
201, Morrison Hall (African American studies)


Event Description

Graduate Program in Media + Modernity | Princeton University


WAI Think Tank

"Beyond Reparations: Post-Colonial Loudreaders, Colonial Footprints, and the case for white studies”

[Response: V. Mitch McEwen]

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 @6pm ET

201, Morrison Hall (African American studies)


Event co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies (AAS).


:: Please note that this event will start at 6:00 pm instead of 5:00 pm, and that it will take place in Room 201 (Morisson Hall), instead of Room N107 (SoA)::


Addressing the scaffolding of reparations, WAI Think Tank proposes to redefine the post-colonial, not as life after the colony (since Puerto Rico continues being one after more than 500 years), but as the brutalizing regimes historically imposed on the colonial plantations spilling on the rest of the world like organic matter. This condition of planetary urgency calls for radical practices of solidarity and education like the loudreaders that shared anti-capitalist and anti-colonial imaginaries in the tobacco factories of the Caribbean, and the possibility and necessity of white studies that account for the colonial footprint of the architectures of white supremacy, capitalism, heteropatriarchy and the cosmogonies of destruction and subjugation they produce and reproduce. 


Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia are co-founders of WAI Architecture Think Tank and the free and alternative education platform and trade-school LOUDREADERS. They are authors of several books including A Manual of Anti-Racist Architecture Education, and co-editors of Journal of Architectural Education issue on Reparations! and InForma Journal issue on Networks of Solidarity.


V. Mitch McEwen is an Assistant Professor at Princeton’s School of Architecture. She is principal of Atelier Office, director of the Black Box Research Group, and co-founder of the Black Reconstruction Collective.



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