DiscourseNet Reading Group


We e-meet every month for 90 minutes on Zoom to discuss a pre-selected reading. If you are interested in joining in, just sign up to this group and you will receive further information on dates and readings, as well as the meeting invite. 

For our next session on Friday, 10 December 2021, 13-14.30 CET, we will read the recent article by Tommaso M. Milani, Muzna Awayed-Bishara, Roey J. Gafter and Erez Levon (2020) When the checkpoint becomes a counterpoint: Stasis as queer dissent. The article provides a cutting-edge analysis of queer protests against the Pride Parade in Tel Aviv and against state-sanctioned branding attempts of pink-washing Israel. Using Edward Said's notion of counterpoint and Chris Stroud's concept of linguistic citizenship, the article suggest that stasis, or a refusal to move with the march or block the march, can be understood as queer resistance against Israel's dystopian occupation of Palestine. We are extremely excited to be welcoming three of the authors of this article at our session. 

You can access the article via this link.

We mainly use some form of English in this group. 

If you have some questions, or if you would like to introduce suggest a reading for the next months, please send Jaspal a message at jaspal.singh@open.ac.uk.

See you soon! 

Jaspal, Luciana, Jan, Jens and Kaushalya


Past sessions:

Thank you all for participating in our previous meetings, in which we read:

Michel Foucault's Lecture 3 (from 25 January 1978) on Security, Territory, Population.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1988) Can the subaltern speak? 

Norman Fairclough (2003) 'Political correctness': The politics of culture and language.

Sara Ahmed (2012) Whiteness and the general will: Diversity work as willful work.

Jan Blommaert (2013) Ethnography, Superdiversity and Linguistic Landscapes: Chronicles of Complexity.

Donna Haraway (1985) A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminsim in the Late Twentieth Century. 

Rogers Brubaker and Frederick Cooper (2000) Beyond "identity".

Hannah Arendt (1969) On Violence. 

Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe (1985) Hegemony & Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics

Kwame Krumah (1968) Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare: A Guide to the Armed Phase of the African Revolution.

Gloria Anzaldúa (1987) Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza.

Valentin N. Vološinov (1973) Marxism and the Philosophy of Language.

Giorgio Agamben (2006) What is an Apparatus?

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