A materialist account of patriarchy under the post-colonial state
Mohammed Elnaiem (University of Cambridge)
Public Seminar Series
Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 5pm to 6pm
Online via Zoom
Hosted by Refugee Studies Centre
Public Seminar Series Trinity term 2022
Resistance, Justice, Liberation: Critical Approaches to Knowledge Production on War, Violence and Colonization
Convened by Dr Dilar Dirik (Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow)
About the seminar
Women were at the heart, and continue to be at the forefront, of decolonisation and the struggle for self-determination. The promise for self-determination often came hand in hand with a commitment by national liberation movements to uproot and overthrow patriarchy. Yet, just as neocolonialism re-entrenches itself in the post-colonial state, so too did the domination of women remain a fundamental pillar of so-called post-colonial sovereignty. This lecture will seek to explain how the structural necessity of patriarchy has not been overcome by decolonisation.
About the speaker
Mohammed Elnaiem is currently finishing his PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, a work investigating the relationship between Colonialism, Capitalism & Patriarchy. Mohammed is an activist with experience in the Black Lives Matter Movement, an activist supporting the Kurdish cause, and an activist fighting for civil democracy in Sudan. He worked with the Walter Rodney Program at the Pluto Educational Trust to help co-organise the first Walter Rodney Conference. He is the director of The Decolonial Centre, another project of PET. He also helped co-found the media agencies The Region and The Black Radical. Mohammed was a participant in the Sudanese revolution and was a columnist for Jstor Daily, where his column Black Radicals, ran for two years and exposed thousands of readers to the Black Radical tradition. His writings have appeared on various news agencies including Al-Jazeera English, ROAR Magazine, and Toward Freedom.
The video of this seminar is available to watch on YouTube.