Building Relations

Seditious Acts: Being in, But Not of, the Neoliberal University

José Manuel Santillana Blanco, Kidiocus King-Carroll, Naimah Zulmadelle Pétigny, and Kong Pheng Pha

This introduction to the volume by the editors trace the racial history of U.S. higher education and the students of color led movements that have led to the current moment of protests against the neoliberal university.

Introduction to Section One: Infractions

Richa Nagar

 This introduction to section one—Infractions—reflects on how essays in the section ask us to witness violent acts committed by institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and how the authors agitate to reorganize and recast this unjust terrain.

Introduction to Section Two: Transgressions

Edén Torres

This introduction to section two—Transgressions—reflects on what has changed and what has remained the same in the neoliberal university, especially for students of color, over the past several decades and shows how the essays in this section contend with these histories and politics.

A Cold Place: Notes on Antiblackness and the Neoliberal University

Kidiocus King-Carroll

A set of notes or jottings that are autobiographical, analytical, historical, and deliberately incomplete, but articulate King-Carroll’s understanding of the University and the world that surrounds it as an antiblack, neoliberal space that Black graduate students must exist in a fugitive relationship to.

Introduction to Section Three: Insurgencies

Rose M. Brewer

This introduction to section three—Insurgencies—locates the essays in this section within the rich history of the Civil Rights Movement, emergence of Black Studies, and students of color-led radical struggles against capitalism, racism, and neoliberalism in higher education.