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Irene Calis Professorial Lecturer Critical RGC Studies

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CAS - Critical RGC Studies
PhD in social anthropology, London School of Economics & Political Science (2012)

Languages Spoken
Arabic, French
Irene Calis is a decolonial scholar, educator, and organizer. Her research focuses on emancipatory politics from the perspective of those living their struggle. It is rooted in the radical transformation of the human condition, one that extends beyond critique and the dismantling of oppressions to forging new alternatives. Her scholarship involves long-term ethnographic fieldwork living and working with Palestinian farming and youth communities throughout the West Bank, as well as with popular struggles in South Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous North America. Her current work on emancipatory futures, which brings together perspectives from South Africa, Indigenous North America, and Palestine, explores how anti-colonial struggles imagine, collectivize their visions, and work to build their preferred futures. This comparative dialogue compels us to think about parallels between the colony and any potential post-colonial future. As an educator, Calis' courses are grounded in a decolonial, intersectional knowledge-base that de-centers the persistent white, Euro-American canon in academia, encouraging students to find new ways to think and act in their world. An internationalist teaching perspective supports this aim. In addition to the US, she has taught in South Africa, the Arab World, Oceania, and England and regularly speaks with audiences across these spaces. She writes for academic and wider public forums on issues that address the workings of power in society and how those on the underside of history are actively contesting and shaping the terms of their existence.
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Spring 2020

  • WGSS-225 Gender, Politics & Power

  • WGSS-225 Gender, Politics & Power

  • WGSS-350 Interpreting Gender in Culture: Decolonial Feminisms/Arab Wrld

Fall 2020

  • AWST-115 Introduction to the Arab World

  • AWST-115 Introduction to the Arab World

  • CORE-107 Complex Problems Seminar: Being Indigenous

Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

culture & power; emancipatory futures; indigenous-settler relations; violence, precarity, and the everyday; the politics of resistance; decolonial feminisms; theory of the global South; philosophy of race; critical pedagogy; Palestine; the Arab World; Oceania.

Selected Publications