Unthinking Mastery, A talk by Julietta Singh

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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Taper Hall (THH), 309k
3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

In this talk, Julietta Singh (Associate Professor of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Richmondengages the central questions and concepts of her new book, Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements (Duke UP, 2018). Looking back to the anti-colonial discourse of the last century through figures such as Mohandas Gandhi and Frantz Fanon, and looking forward to contemporary postcolonial literary texts, Singh asks us to consider our abiding attachments to mastery at levels personal, professional, and political. In doing so, she traces some of the key concepts of this work, including “dehumanism” and “vulnerable reading.”

Julietta Singh is a writer and academic who works at the intersections of postcolonial studies, feminist and queer theory, and the environmental humanities. She is the author of Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements (Duke University Press, 2018), and No Archive Will Restore You (Punctum Books, 2018). Her academic writing has been published in leading cultural theory journals including South Atlantic Quarterly, Cultural CritiqueStudies in Gender and Sexuality, Symploke, and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Her creative work has appeared in venues such as American Poetry ReviewAnimal Shelter, Prairie Fire, Social Text, and Women & Performance.

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


Free and open to the public

Comparative Literature (COLT)
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