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Masterclass by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay organized by Linda Xheza and Stacey Vorster | 26 May 2021, 5 – 7 pm.

Event details of 'Not with the master's tools, nor denying the violent tools that claim neutrality'
Date 26 May 2021
Time 17:00 -19:00

Professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay’s most recent book Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism (2019) contends that institutions such as archives, museums and universities rely on imperial modes of thinking. In this masterclass, we will think with and through Azoulay’s idea of unlearning in relation to human rights and photography. For Azoulay, the constituent violence under which these concepts and tools were formed cannot be exchanged for other concepts or tools. Instead, we need to unlearn imperial modes of thinking in order to cohabit in a world with others rather than against others. Azoulay’s proposal for co-citizenship and the “right not to be a perpetrator” will be central to our discussion. 

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay is a Professor of Modern Culture and Media in the Department of Comparative Literature at Brown University. She is also an art curator and filmmaker. For more information, see here:

In the masterclass we will focus on Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism (2019) as well as Azoulay’s earlier essay ‘’The Family of Man’’: A Visual Universal Declaration of Human Rights (2013). If you wish to attend, please email and to register and obtain readings in advance.