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Beyond the Decolonial Turn: The Imaginary as Will to Feel

October 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Emma Pérez (PhD, UCLA), Professor of Gender/Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona

As a deconstructive tool, does the decolonial necessarily expose colonial powers, structures, laws, and institutions? What are the flaws of a decolonial theory that regards a materialist perspective while occluding the spirit of the mind and body? It is as if the method and the theory exist in parallel universes, never to touch or entice each other but instead battle in a false binary. And yet, we cannot have theory without method; we cannot have a materialist, grounded “real” critique without the affective body, without the people who feel, who touch, who experience and imagine other ways of being. The imagination, after all, is the door to creativity, to other ways of being and knowing. Overall, the real without the imaginary lacks vision and affirms a two- dimensional, uninspired ontology and epistemology. I’m posing the “will to feel” as a mode that reasserts the imaginary within the decolonial. Ultimately, can the “will to feel” transform us and the toxic world we inhabit in the 21st century?

There will be a light reception following the lecture.


October 7, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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