Critique/De-coloniality Diaspora 

Lectures by Nadia Yala Kisukidi and Rocío Zambrana
Monday, May 6, 2019

470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
Nadia Yala Kisukidi | How to Philosophize in a Dominated Country
Rocío Zambrana | Pasarse políticamente: Hopeful Acts of Protest in Puerto Rico

Nadia Yala Kisukidi is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis University, and a member of the Laboratory for Study and Research into the Contemporary Patterns of Philosophy. She is also currently Program Director at the Collège International de Philosophie, where she was Vice-President from 2014-2016. Her research, which focuses mainly on contemporary French philosophy and African philosophies, has been the subject of several articles and speeches. She is the author of Bergson ou l’humanité créatrice (Paris, CNRS, 2013).

Rocío Zambrana’s work examines conceptions of critique in Hegel, Marx, Frankfurt School Critical Theory, Marxist feminism, decolonial thought and decolonial feminism, and Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean feminisms. She is the author of Hegel’s Theory of Intelligibility (2015) as well as numerous articles. Her current work explores coloniality as the afterlife of colonialism, considering the articulation and deployment of race/gender as crucial to the development and resilience of capitalism. She considers the manifestations of coloniality in a colonial context, however, by examining fiscally distressed Puerto Rico. She recently completed a second book, Colonial Debts: The Case of Puerto Rico, which develops the notion of contemporary and historical “neoliberal coloniality” in a particular context: that of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. In Zambrana‘s account, debt functions not only as an apparatus of capture and predation, (intensifying a neoliberalism reconfigured by the financial crisis); it also functions as a historical and contemporary form of coloniality, deepening race/gender/class hierarchies that mark populations as dispensable. Zambrana is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Oregon.

Co-sponsored by the Program in Critical Theory and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, the Arts Research Center, and UCHRI.