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Creative Conversations: Homi K Bhabha on The Unprepared with Sourit Bhattacharya - Shared screen with speaker view
KHYATI MUKHERJEE
32:55
good evening everyone...
Colin Herd
33:18
good evening and welcome
Ahsan Iqbal
33:44
Good Evening
ana vadillo
35:05
Good Evening from London
Bootheina Majoul
35:26
greetings from Tunisia
Angela Ramsoondur
35:57
Greetings from Mauritius
dhillon
36:07
Greetings from California
Flavia D'Avila
36:17
Hello from Edinburgh
niamhnicghabhann
36:18
Hello from Dublin!
E H
36:46
hi from Glasgow
Nadia Caidi
36:48
hello from Toronto
Eleni Kotsira
36:59
Hello from Greece!
hazal
37:01
Hello from Turkey
Dini
37:33
Hi from Prishtina
David Kenvyn
38:46
In Scotland, we have Shehu Bayoh who was killed by 6-8 police officer and none of then have been arrested as yet
Goutam Majhi
38:52
Hello from India.
Professor Dr Hossain Al Mamun
38:59
Good evening everyone from Bangladesh
Sonali Misra
39:20
Hello from Edinburgh (home: Delhi, India)!
Ashutosh Potdar
39:24
Hello from India.
Padm Nabh Trivedi
39:39
Hello from India
Dhriti Mahanta
40:06
Greetings from India
niamhnicghabhann
40:14
It is interesting that one of the most lauded podcasts of 2020 is titled ‘We are having a moment’ - https://www.cnet.com/news/why-were-having-a-moment-is-the-most-important-podcast-of-2020/
Payel
40:31
Greetings from India
Ruth Booth
42:02
Thank you Niamh!
Syed Shehzar Doja
42:04
mosaic moments...lovely image
Maria Sledmere
42:13
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Kris Haddow
42:45
Elif Shafak has written very urgently recently on the same theme in How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division - that the pandemic may be the lens through which we have discovered we are in global political interregnum
Kris Haddow
43:04
Highly recommend reading
David Kenvyn
43:27
Elif Shafak has written an excellent book
vajra
43:37
Sourit - audio?
Ruth Booth
43:46
Thank you folks!
Ross Birrell
45:41
frozen
ana vadillo
46:03
We can’t hear Homi
sulaïman majali
46:12
its a great still though
Deirdre Heddon
46:21
Mourning the space of being together!
Helen Kingstone
46:37
No Zoom is complete without this! Gives me a chance to read the chat comments too.
Zoe Strachan
46:47
Exactly Helen!
E H
46:49
we need more funding opportunities to do postcolonial studies
Nalini Paul
46:55
The phenomenological moment of...Zoom!
Dhriti Mahanta
47:03
Totally !!!
Angela Ramsoondur
47:08
We are together in the virtual space.. Thanks to Zoom!
Angela Ramsoondur
47:49
Borders are not closed thanks to Zoom
Louise Welsh
48:06
From now on I am going to refer to Zoom Cubicles
Arunima B
48:12
I hope he knows that he has been disconnected and not continued speaking (speaking from experience)
Deirdre Heddon
48:29
Yes, Angela, it is so wonderful to hear where everyone is zooming in from.
Matthew Waites’s iPhone
48:40
Q Does decolonial studies need more of postcolonial theory’s attention to hybridity ?
niamhnicghabhann
49:06
And reparations
JulieTOLENTINO Wood
49:32
Hello and thank you from Northern California
niamhnicghabhann
49:33
Climate reparations - to add to the other concepts of reparation
Ahsan Iqbal
49:50
Sourit will you please comment on the problems of the second-generation immigrants in England
Angela Ramsoondur
49:52
If there was no Zoom, Angela from Mauritius would have never been in this space... Is Zoom the decolonizing factor?...
E H
51:10
I would like to direct this question to Prof Homi, what are his thoughts on decolonisation in academia?
Ahsan Iqbal
51:39
I would like to ask the same question
Natasha
51:45
Absolutely! The pandemic highlighted all the existing cracks in the system so to say, and in return highlighted the response of governments globally.
Kris Haddow
53:39
More broadly the internet rather than just Zoom, Angela. I read David Eagleman's The Safety Net: Surviving Pandemics and Other Disasters this week, a book he wrote 10 years ago but has now updated for 2020 about how the web as a technology is a decolonising factor that is making the planet more resilient through knowledge share and rapid dissemination of information and ideas
Colin Herd
53:46
Thanks for the questions. If there are more questions you would like us to ask, please post them here.
Angela Ramsoondur
54:31
Thanks Kris. I will definitely read this book.
Helen Kingstone
54:55
Q: Is working to prevent/mitigate the same as to prepare, or different? I'm thinking particularly of Homi's point that "we're unprepared, even though we've been forewarned" - we know climate change is happening, so should we be working to minimise or to brace ourselves (they feel different) - or both?
Helen Kingstone
56:13
i.e. in some ways "prepare" feels like giving in?
niamhnicghabhann
56:59
I think that Jesmyn Ward’s powerful essay on the death of her husband and the BLM protests provides one example of thinking of the pandemic and protest together - https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2020/08/jesmyn-ward-on-husbands-death-and-grief-during-covid
ana vadillo
59:11
Has the pandemic changed our relationship with the private and public in a new political way? I wonder if the emergency has also created dangerously an unwillingness to be politically engaged.
Mirna Solic
01:00:07
Coming from a war-torn country, I know how collective, rushed guilt can be dangerous and actually counterproductive. Thank you for mentioning this, Homi.
Nicole
01:00:44
dang right!
Sibendu Chakraborty
01:00:59
Does decolonizing the trope of governence entail a kind of change in the way the regime of unpreparedness can be looked at?
catherinemackenzie
01:01:00
Absolutely. Self-flagellation is still self-absorbed and self-indulgent.
Nalini Paul
01:01:02
That's an excellent point.
Ankita Basak
01:01:13
so true!
Saira Fatima
01:01:20
yes!
niamhnicghabhann
01:01:59
Perhaps another example of the utopia/dystopia mindset - in terms of the institutional identity
Ankita Basak
01:02:11
Quick temporary acceptance of guilt as a tool of manipulation, perhaps?
Nicole
01:02:30
Q: In terms of being Unprepared - what do you make of the surge in people organizing themselves to weaponize their disengagement from reality via groups like Q-Anon? They are very prepared in some ways, and evidently, very unprepared in others...
Kris Haddow
01:02:48
Is it a form of narcissism that provoked some to rush to comment publicly - was there any depth to the intention or was it a 'social obligation' to be seen to have said something in the moment?
catherinemackenzie
01:03:02
I think a more important challenge is to re-align the school (i.e. primary, secondary) school curriculum. I grew up in Scotland, studied Jacobite Rebellions (glorious defeat) WWII (glorious victory). No mention at all of Scotland and Scots’ role in Empire.
Fareeha Hashmi
01:03:20
I believe racial justice is more important than racial equity.
Nicole
01:03:37
catherinemackenzie: IYS Scotland are doing a push on this currently. check out their work, if you haven't seen it :)
Flavia D'Avila
01:04:09
Seizing the moment to plug this call for abstracts for a conference focusing on performing arts research by academics of colour organised by two of my colleagues: https://www.rcs.ac.uk/conferences/shared-narratives/?utm_campaign=1768955_Shared%20Narratives%20Flyer&utm_medium=email&utm_content=&dm_t=0,0,0,0,0
niamhnicghabhann
01:04:49
Thanks Flavia, I will share with my colleagues at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance where there will be some people interested I’m sure
catherinemackenzie
01:05:32
Nicole: Thanks, will do.
Flavia D'Avila
01:05:39
Wonderful, thank you Niamh
Louise Welsh
01:08:27
Yes, hiring is a keystone
E H
01:08:28
Algerian-french Hélène Cixous views on ‘intellectual’ as a ‘reserved’ concept. What are Pro Homi’s thoughts about the gatekeeping of intellectually?
E H
01:08:42
prof*
Krishanu Adhikari
01:08:52
while acknowledging the pressing need for a more substantial modes of academic critique and an ethical engagement with the unprepared, what we actually witness is a deliberate compromise with social justice, academic standards and ethics, as evidenced in the ways examinations are being held now in many Indian universities, and colleges. The provincial universities further corroborate the underlying hubris and the pervasive crisis.
Ratul Ghosh
01:09:17
Net here is unstable, so I am typing a rather large question regarding Prof. Bhabha's take on 'unpreparedness': I was curious whether the very idea of being 'prepared' has a connection with enlightenment, being 'prepared' is to believed that the scientifically explainable world can also be scientifically anticipated...but then comes this moment of 'unpreparedness', pushing us to the realm of 'un-scientific' ..especially in India, this apparent moment of rupture was swiftly captured by the religious nationalists; rituals, gods and 'traditional treatments' suddenly began popping up in our daily life more than ever, being even promoted by the government.
David Kenvyn
01:10:22
What about people who are elected but are not prepared to be in government?
Laura Scott
01:10:31
Apologies for having to shoot off slightly early - thank you to everyone for a fantastic chat!
robmaslen
01:11:38
Great point, Ratul.
David Kenvyn
01:15:22
Ratul Ghosh, that very point is made by Vikram Chandra in his book "Sacred Games" which is a thriller, and probably not read by many academics
Ratul Ghosh
01:15:39
Uh huh !
Bootheina Majoul
01:15:40
"nothing is certain, everything is possible" (Havel)
Nicole
01:16:24
thank you so much for the response, professor!
niamhnicghabhann
01:17:29
In terms of movement politics being moment politics - the role of the image of the moment (the arm raised over the crowd etc) that captures a moment, defines a movement, is taken in a moment, shared in a moment, becomes embedded in a moment - the idea of the tweet as the technology of the moment is so interesting
Ruth Booth
01:18:19
Not really - The Proleptic is Science Fictional thinking
Alan Read
01:18:56
Thank you Homi, Sourit, Colin and all at Glasgow who brought this about.
Mira
01:18:57
Speaking of conspiracy theories earlier, they seem certainly on the rise. German academic Michael Butter has recently published an illuminating book on this https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-nature-of-conspiracy-theories/michael-butter/sharon-howe/9781509540815
robmaslen
01:19:00
Ethical memory of the future is a great phrase to end on!
niamhnicghabhann
01:19:06
Thank you so much all! So inspiring!
Maria Sledmere
01:19:09
Amazing thank you all
Nathalie Sheridan
01:19:10
thank you :)
Deirdre Heddon
01:19:13
Yes, it is Rob and super helpful!
Flavia D'Avila
01:19:14
Thank you all!
Ruth Booth
01:19:15
Thank you so much Sourit, Homi and Colin!
Helen Kingstone
01:19:17
Homi - thank you! reminds me of the late-19th-century future-based political utopias I have studied: William Morris's News from Nowhere, for example.
Karla H
01:19:19
thank you so much. I could have listened all night.
Helen & Francisco
01:19:20
Amazing!!!
Deirdre Heddon
01:19:20
Thanks
Nalini Paul
01:19:20
Thank you so much!
Nicole Sciarone
01:19:21
thank you so much!!
Ruth Booth
01:19:21
I have so many notes for my doctorate
Bootheina Majoul
01:19:23
thank you so much for this event
Gina Lyle
01:19:24
Thank you all so much - what a brilliant evening!
SHOVAN MAITY
01:19:25
Really fascinating
STELLA C. BISWAS
01:19:25
Thank you for a wonderful session!
Nicole
01:19:26
thank you so much everybody!
alice p
01:19:26
Thank you so much
Lauren McDougall
01:19:29
Thank you!!
Syed Shehzar Doja
01:19:29
thank you
ana vadillo
01:19:30
Yes the ethics of the future. Thank you all.
Agata Maslowska
01:19:30
thank you!
Kaiyue He
01:19:30
Thank you!
Katie Veitch
01:19:33
This was so interesting, can’t wait to revisit these thoughts in my postcolonial class with Suirit next semester
group 2 Karin Rhedin
01:19:33
Thank you!
Elen Caldecott
01:19:33
thank you!
David Kenvyn
01:19:34
That was absolutely excellent. Thank you so much
Claire Squires
01:19:34
Thank you everyone!
Ratul Ghosh
01:19:35
Thank you everyone! the chat box is also a gem !
Prim Rose
01:19:35
Thank you so much!
Kris Haddow
01:19:35
Wonderful session - thank you
Louise Welsh
01:19:36
Thank you both very much
Riona Bruce
01:19:37
thank u so much !!!
Rachael Flynn
01:19:38
Thank you for sharing so much
Luke Pell
01:19:38
Thank you
Natasha
01:19:39
thank you so much, this was very wonderful! good night :)
SHOVAN MAITY
01:19:39
Thanks a lot
Angela Ramsoondur
01:19:39
Thank you from Mauritius
Arunima B
01:19:39
Thank you!
Caitlin
01:19:40
Thank you so much!!
ana vadillo
01:19:41
Thank you
Kate Simpson
01:19:43
Thank you
Saira Fatima
01:19:43
Thank you for bringing us together from many different corners of the world!
E H
01:19:43
thank you all
coire
01:19:43
thankyou!
maria howard (she/her)
01:19:45
Thank you!
Tiffany Yun-Chu Tsai
01:19:45
Thank you!
Iulia
01:19:46
thank you
melaniegaledavies
01:19:47
Thank you
Laura Hopes
01:19:47
thanks
Jane Goldman
01:19:49
thank you!!!
Noemi Stysiak
01:19:51
Thank u
Helen Kingstone
01:19:51
Lovely to see lots of Glasgow colleagues and teleport back for an hour!
Payel
01:19:51
thank you
Dhriti Mahanta
01:19:51
Thank you very much !!!