ICLS Voices on Antiracism

June 22, 2020 – Topics of Interest

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society has opened this page as a collection for scholarly and artistic responses to the American and global problem of racism. A call was made for contributions along with our statement in support of the antiracism movement. Students, faculty and alumni of ICLS are invited to share their work or links to work that has particularly spoken to them at this time by emailing icls@columbia.edu with the subject “ICLS Voices on Antiracism.”

Liberty Martin, CLS CC’21, compiled a syllabus designed to introduce people to the Black radical tradition. Follow this link for a full explanation of her project.

ICLS faculty member Sayantani Dasgupta (Narrative Medicine/CSER/ICLS) co-authored an article in the Lancet (7/16/20) entitled, Abolition Medicine.

Associate Director Anupama Rao, wrote a piece for the Wire on Revolution, Reconstruction and Race in the US: The Complex History Behind BLM Protests. (07/06/2020) She also wrote on the Cisco caste discrimination case in California for the Scroll.(07/07/2020).

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, ICLS founder, presented two lectures in October 2017 at the American Academy in Berlin on the great African American intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois.

Neni Panourgiá, Justice in Education Lecturer, was interviewed for the Greek newspaper News247 on the protests in America following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police. An English translation can be read here.

A collection of links to ICLS faculty member Bernard Harcourt’s work on race, profiling and excessive policing can be found here. Recently, he wrote a piece for the Gothamist on Mayor DeBlasio’s racist policing practices.

Associate Director Anupama Rao gave an interview for the academic journal Borderlines and organized the Second Annual Ambedkar Lecture on Race, Caste and American Pragmatism with Melvin Rogers, Chris Lebron and Meena Krishnamurthy in Fall 2019.

ICLS alum Farbod Hornapisheh, Comparative Literature and Film Media Studies at Yale, recommends viewing the short film Now! by Santiago Álvarez, 1965.


Image credit: Memorial, Fort Greene Brooklyn 2020. Joscelyn Jurich, PhD candidate in Communications, Columbia University.

CLS 2018 alum Josué David Chávez published an article in Borderlines titled Subaltern Urbanism I: Bringing Forth a Capacious Reading for Universal Justice.

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