Performing Indigeneity in the Age of Modernity/coloniality

Date/Time: Wed 28 Feb / 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Menzies Building, Room E561

Monash Indigenous Studies Centre

Performing Indigeneity in the Age of Modernity/coloniality

The subject of performing indigeneity is, undoubtedly, one of the most important subjects among the people of the present world order. However, though important, this subject has rarely been interrogated through a Mordecolonial epistemic lens that questions the role of performing indigeneity in transcending and/or sustaining the power structure of modernity/coloniality especially after the demise of juridical-administrative colonialism. The question of determining whether performances of indigeneity sustain or transcend the situation of modernity/coloniality cannot be resolved without drawing a clear distinction between a colonial and decolonial approach to the subject of structure and agency. This is important for subaltern subjects who exist on the dominated side of the colonial power differential precisely because their behaviour can unwittingly perpetuate and/or prolong their oppression even though their actions are conceived under the auspice of transcending the very structure within which they are victims. In this presentation, I deploy the case study of performing indigeneity within the cultural village tourism establishment of South Africa to argue that such spectacles of culture and identity represent the performance of a colonial structure of a decolonial agency; a situation that is distinct from the quotidian experiences of culture among the indigenous people of South Africa.

Morgan Ndlovu is an Associate Professor of Development Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA). His research interests include decolonizing power, knowledge and subjectivity in South Africa. He is a founding member of the Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN) at UNISA.

Wednesday 28 Feb

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Monash University
Room E561,
(Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk,
Clayton Campus

For further information, please contact  Vanessa Fleming-Baillie on 52929

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