The Racial Event

Denise Ferreira da Silva

Part of the New Vocabularies, New Grammars: Imagining Other Worlds Series

February 24, 2022

Denise Ferreira da Silva: The Racial Event

Event Description

The series “New Vocabularies, New Grammars: Imagining Other Worlds” will focus on critics and intellectuals who in their writing and thinking undo the divisions and separations between disciplines and genres, as well as divisions between political action and intellectual engagement. In this practice of border/crossing, new languages and grammars can be imagined to signify other worlds to resist and oppose the imposed violence of colonial epistemes. These scholars, critics, and political actors offer the dynamism of indeterminacy, inviting practices that bring together words and worlds.

In the second event in this series, Denise Ferreira da Silva will speak in conversation with CLAS Chair Natalia Brizuela and Nejat Kedir. Dr. Ferreira da Silva is an academic and a practicing artist whose work addresses the ethico-political challenges of the global present.


Denise Ferreira da Silva is a Professor & Director of The Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia; Senior Faculty Fellow at St John’s College. Dr. Ferreira da Silva is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Monash University; an editor at Living Commons Press, and a member of several boards, including Haus de Kulturen de Welt (Berlin), International Consortium for Critical Theory Programs, and the journals Postmodern Culture, Social Identities, and Dark Matter.

Natalia Brizuela is the Class of 1930 Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, and a professor of Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese at UC Berkeley, with affiliations in the Gender and Women’s Studies and the Program in Critical Theory.

Nejat Kedir is a Phd. student in African American and African Diaspora Studies. She is interested in 19th century Black diasporic literature and philosophy.


Cosponsored by the Rhetoric Department and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Vice Chancellor for Research.