The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Singularity. A manifesto for incomparable geographies

28 November 2018, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Singularity. A manifesto for incomparable geographies

Event Information

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Alexander Macfarlane


DPU Room 101
34 Tavistock Square
Dialogues in Development
Singularity. A manifesto for incomparable geographies
Join us as we welcome Tariq Jazeel who will present his paper, 'Singularity. A manifesto for incomparable geographies'.
His paper is a methodological response to the challenge of decolonizing geographical knowledge. It mobilizes post- and de-colonial critiques of geographical knowledge production and conceptual work, suggesting how such work unwittingly disfigures the precise contours of the places and socio-spatial formations on which geographers work, drawing them into implicit and reductive forms of comparison.
Drawing on research and sources from South Asia, the paper moves instead toward more uncertain engagements with, and dispositions to, the production of geographical knowledge; ones attuned to the poetics of planetary difference. The paper speculates on five intellectual and methodological resources, or tactics, aimed toward producing geographical scholarship attuned to the tableaux of heterogeneous and incomparable singularities at large across the world: theory and reading; friction and fragments; translation/untranslatability; abiding by; and poetics.
The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

Speaker Bio
Tariq Jazeel teaches Human Geography at University College London. His research interests are positioned at the intersections of critical geography, postcolonial theory and South Asian Studies, and his work focuses on aesthetic and cultural constitutions of space and the political, as well as the postcolonial politics of geographical knowledge production.