Seditious Acts

Razing the Anti-Ebony Tower: An Academic ‘Grammar Book.’

Rahsaan Mahadeo

Rahsaan Mahadeo Introduction Pursuing my PhD is the most selfish endeavor I have ever undertaken. This was the self- told refrain for most of my first year as a doctoral student, for I knew that every book I read and every paper I wrote (including this one) was largely for personal gain. Not coming from…

Violent Invisibilities: The Battle for Hmong and Southeast Asian American Legibility in Higher Education

Kong Pheng Pha, Kaochi Pha, and Dee Pha

Kong Pheng Pha, Kaochi Pha, and Dee Pha Asian Americans are situated in a precarious, but violent, position within the U.S. racial system (Tuan, 1998; Wu, 2002; Hong, 2020). Their so-called status as “model minorities” occlude the many struggles that they experience in a white supremacist, anti-Black, and xenophobic society. In particular, Asian American students…

Toward a marginal understanding of object being in the neoliberal university

Emily Mitamura

Emily Mitamura Abstract This piece offers a series of joined meditations on violences of the neoliberal university through conceptions of object-being, romance, imagination, and newness. In it, I experiment with a poetics of liminal meaning and forms of marginal writing thinking with (w/) after Trinh T. Minh-ha’s “Mechanical Eye, Electronic Ear, and the Lure of…

Unruly Subjects: On Student Activism, the Neoliberal University, and Infiltration

José Manuel Santillana Blanco

José Manuel Santillana Blanco On June 10, 2016 the Differences Organized Coalition (DO) comprising of over 15 student activist groups on campus entered and occupied the University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting held at the McNamara Alumni Center. The action came as a response to the university’s poor record in providing sufficient resources for…

Seditious Acts: Being in, but not of the Neoliberal University

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José Manuel Santillana Blanco, Kidiocus King-Carroll, Naimah Zulmadelle Pétigny, and Kong Pheng Pha Almost all educational spaces and institutions in the United States are embedded within a long history of settler colonialism, chattel slavery, and racial capitalism. Many universities and colleges were founded as land-grant institutions through the Morrill Land-Grant Acts of 1862 and 1890.…

Introduction to Section One: Infractions

Richa Nagar

Richa Nagar Sedition The present volume of AGITATE! Unsettling Knowledges has its origins in the dissident creativity and radical imagination first embodied by Seditious Acts: Graduate Students of Color Interrogating the Neoliberal University, a conference organized by the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group, or CRES, at the University of Minnesota in April…

Building Relations, Critical University Studies and Student Activism: A Conversation with Roderick A. Ferguson

Kong Pheng Pha & José Manuel Santillana Blanco, with Roderick A. Ferguson

Kong Pheng Pha and José Manuel Santillana Blanco, with Roderick A. Ferguson State repression has intensified across the United States. Anti-immigrant and anti-abortion laws are on the rise, both Republicans and Democrats are suppressing the pro-Palestinian movement, and students and faculty teaching ethnic and gender and queer studies face a dangerous terrain in many states.…

A Cold Place: Notes on Antiblackness and the Neoliberal University

Kidiocus King-Carroll

Kidiocus King-Carroll In the beginning, I was certain that I was imagining the alienation that I felt as I began my first year of graduate school. The racial violence that I encountered was tangible—I could hear and see it—but the advent of winter concurrently masked and heightened the sense of dread I felt that first…