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Insurgent Activist-Scholarship: In But Not Of The University
The institution of the university reinforces prevailing systemic oppressions by alienating and exploiting marginalized peoples, both within and beyond its walls. Recognizing these destructive tendencies, insurgent activist-scholarship steals, repurposes, and redirects the university’s resources in solidarity with oppressed communities and their transformative struggles. We, as insurgent activist-scholars, have come together to create an assembly by and for diverse subaltern radicals to commune, heal, and collaborate. In this panel, we will problematize the university, introduce radical activist-scholarship, discuss our attempts to decolonize our department, and report back on our experiment thus far.
SATURDAY November 4th - 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Being a multi-ethnic, first-gen, son of Latinx immigrants, George has embodied the global in many ways. Throughout his life, George has traversed several scales of politics in his work as an activist and growing scholar. Regionally in the east coast, George has taken part in or organized with several social movements since high school, connecting with scholars and activists across the globe. From OCCUPY to #BlackLivesMatter and immigrant rights, his work on the ground has influenced his global perspective and vice versa. The solidarity networks George has built over the years has taken him abroad to participate at international gatherings and take part in social movement delegations. Most recently George took part in the World Social Forum in Montreal and was part of the Alliance for Global Justice delegation with Dr. Jill Stein at the People’s Climate summit in Lima, Peru, where he conducted “undisciplined” research on extractivist mining in the highlands.
Undercommons, Philosophy PhD Program (UCLA)
University of California
Born in the South Indian city of Chennai and raised in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, Pratik has been deeply influenced by his intracultural and transnational encounters with postcolonial societies and their citizens in South and Southeast Asia. He completed his undergraduate degree in postcolonial ethics at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah under the supervision of Drs. Leonardo Figueroa-Helland and Gary Marquardt, in addition to going through the motions of the college's honors program. Inspired by his undergraduate research, collaboration with numerous marginalized groups, and philosophical investments in ecofeminism, indigenous socioecology, intersectionality, and Marxist and world systems theory, Pratik is interested in exploring the impact of the modern Indian state's neoliberal policies on women, indigenous peoples, peasants, lower-caste groups, and those at the meeting points of these categorizations.
Femi is a PhD candidate in philosophy at UCLA. He's a member of The Undercommons, DSA-LA and DSA's national Afrosocialist caucus.
University of California
Chicago native Thabisile Griffin is a doctoral candidate in the History department at UCLA. She also organizes with The Undercommons freedom school and is a classical violinist.