Disrupting Settler Colonial Economies Across Geographies

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Thursday, February 17, 2022 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online Event


Chandni Desai


This talk explores the ongoing colonial violence taking place in Canada and Israel/Palestine and the practices of resistance that have been deployed to disrupt the political economies of settler colonial states. Historicizing this resurgence within a longer period (over 50 years) of anti-colonial resistance, the talk attends to the distinct historical, political-economic, and juridical formations that undergird settler colonialism in Canada and Israel/Palestine. It contends with some of the theoretical limits of the settler-colonial framework by centring analysis of the political economy which considers capitalist imperialist violence (including forced migration and labour regimes) and what this means for settler geographies. An analysis of the political economy of Israel/Palestine and Canada also demonstrates how anti-colonial resistance accelerated economic crises that led both settler states to enter into “negotiations” with the colonized (reconciliation in one case, and peace talks in the other) as a strategy to maintain capitalist settler control over stolen lands. The talk will also outline implications this has for transnational social movements today.

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Chandni Desai
Equity Studies, University of Toronto

Chandni Desai is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Desai has written articles on settler colonial economies, resurgent solidarities, security regimes, Palestinian oral history, cultural production, memory, and archives, published in the Journal of Palestine Studies; Race and Class; Curriculum Inquiry; Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society and several anthologies. She coedited a special issue on decolonization and Palestine for the journal Decolonization. She is the Principal Investigator on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant that explores global histories of third world internationalism through the work of cultural producers and the infrastructures of dissent and solidarity they build. She is working on her first book tentatively titled Revolutionary Circuits of Liberation: The Radical Tradition of Palestinian Resistance Culture and Internationalism. Desai is the host of the Liberation Pedagogy Podcast.

04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto

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