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15th January, 2020

Anticolonial Hong Kong? Reflections on Revolutions of our Times


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15th January, 2020
17:00 - 19:00
IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL

The 2019 Hong Kong protests have reinvigorated the city’s sense of political purpose. They are also part of a larger, global set of protests, including Beirut and Kashmir, which raise significant questions for the contemporary moment.

The Hong Kong protests claim to be a ‘revolution for our times’: what does ‘revolution’ look like, and how might these protests offer a clear assessment of ‘our times’? How do the Hong Kong protests demand that we revisit the twentieth-century vocabulary of anti-imperialism — decolonisation, liberation, anticolonialism, revolution — for a twenty-first-century world? What types of revolutionary thinking is required for ‘our times’, and what role do the 2019 protests play in revising anti-imperial critique?

J Daniel Elam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. He has written extensively about South Asian anticolonialism in the early twentieth century. He is the editor of an anthology of theory and criticism from the Global South (Bloomsbury), and the author of World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth: Anticolonial Aesthetics, Postcolonial Politics (Fordham).

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