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Disrupting Dominant Identities Network (DDIN) seminar: F**k Diversity
November 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
In a provocative challenge to the exponential circulation of ‘nuance’ in academic discourse, and particularly its use in the overwhelming and disarming of critical theory, Kieran Healy concludes with the pithy statement: ‘We are glutted with nuance. I say, f**k it’ (2017, 118). By the same token, we argue that diversity has acquired a similar quality of ‘gluttedness’, whereby it increasingly functions in academic as well as other discourses as a way of overwhelming and disarming critical engagements with race and colonialism. We also contend that it is a ‘pernicious weed’ no more endemic to the context of Aotearoa than nuance is endemic to theory. This context, shaped as it is by the history and relations of settler colonialism, as well as by the politics of indigeneity, ‘disrupts the meaningfulness of the language of diversity’ (McIntosh, 2014, 345). While diversity and multiculturalism act as state solutions to the ‘problem’ of ethnic difference, we problematise instead Pākehā supremacy, and call for responses that transfrom unequal power relations by both addressing racial inequality and affirming indigenous sovereignty.
Dr Arama Rata (Ngāruahine, Taranaki, Ngāti Maniapoto) is Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato. Her background is in Psychology and Statistics and current research foci include Māori-migrant relationships, iwi connectedness, and Māori wellbeing.
Faisal Al-Asaad is an Iraq-born researcher whose work is focused on the areas of postcolonial and settler colonial theories, and the sociology of colonialism. He is currently conducting research on migrant-indigenous relations in Aotearoa while completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne.
Time: Tuesday 20 November, 3 – 4.30pm
This seminar is available in the following University rooms or access via your desktop using the Zoom link. Please register using the form below, or follow the instructions for Waikato and Canterbury Universities.
University of Otago: AVC2
University of Auckland: Arts 1 Room 510
University of Canterbury: please book through your assist booking system https://assist.canterbury.ac.nz/selfservice/
Waikato University: Please contact your IT Helpdesk to book.
From your desktop the Zoom link is https://otago.zoom.us/j/291448736