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The Option of Non-Violence (part of Subaltern & Decolonial Citizenships series)

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  • UserDr Humeira Iqtidar World_link
  • ClockThursday 11 February 2021, 17:00-19:00
  • HouseOnline (Zoom).

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The African American experience has long been an important point of reference for debates about exclusions within democratic polities in the global south. However, the very dominance of the American experience in defining racism and modes of resistance to it requires some careful thought, particularly in the current context. I am interested in exploring what norms and modes of organizing allow a space for resistance outside the cycle of binary racialization that continues to define the American experience. I explore these through a focus on a movement and the ideas it made available: the Khudai Khidmatgar or Volunteers For God movement led by Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890-1988) had a profound impact on the politics of decolonization as well as imagination of freedom (azadi) in colonial India and postcolonial Pakistan. Bringing Khudi Khidmatgar ideas and practices of non-violence in conversation with those of the critical race theorists I show how they can extend they complement and extend our understanding of racialized citizenship.

This talk is part of the Infrastructural Geographies - Department of Geography series.

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