The next edition of ReCentGlobe’s Druckfrisch Book Discussions will feature the book "Routledge Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness" with the editors Shona Hunter (Leed Beckett U) and Christi van der Westhuizen (Nelson Mandela U). They will be joined by the contributors Sarah Heinz and Mark Schmitt in conversation with discussant Evangelia Kindinger.
Situating the critical study of whiteness as a core intellectual pillar in a broadly based project for racial and social justice, the volume understands whiteness as elaborated in global coloniality through epistemology, ideology and governmentality at the intersections with heteropatriarchy and capitalism. The diverse contributions present Black and other racially diverse scholarship as crucial to the field. The focus of inquiry is expanded beyond Northern Anglophone contexts to challenge centre/margin relations, examining whiteness in the Caribbean, South Africa and the African continent, Asia, the Middle East as well as in the United States and parts of Europe. Providing a transdisciplinary approach and addressing debates about knowledges, black and white subjectivities and newly defensive forms of whiteness, as seen in the rise of the Radical Right, the handbook deepens our understanding of power, place, and culture in coloniality.
- Christi van der Westhuizen, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, is the head of the Research Programme at Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD). She currently is Visiting Professor at Leipzig University.
- Shona Hunter is the Programme Director for Research Degrees in the School and is a member of the Centre for Race Education and Decoloniality at the Carnegie School of Education.
- Sarah Heinz is Full Professor for English and Anglophone Literatures at the Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna, Austria
- Mark Schmitt is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Languages, Literature and Culture at TU Dortmund.
- Evangelia Kindinger is Junior Professor for American Literature and Culture at Humboldt-Universität Berlin.
For those not able to take part in person, there is the possibility to join via Zoom