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Date(s) - September 18, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

BSB 131, Behavioral Sciences


In this proposed talk, drawing upon two decades of activist-academic engagement in struggles for Indigenous rights, migrant rights and working-class politics, Dr. Dutta will outline the key tenets of the culture-centered approach as an organizing framework for decolonizing democracies. The talk will attend to the ways in which white supremacy shapes the infrastructures of settler colonial/postcolonial/neocolonial democracies, with hegemonic notions of democracy scripted into practices of extraction. He will then offer some insights into the organizing work of building radical democracies through the co-creation of voice infrastructures.

Mohan J. Dutta is Dean’s Chair Professor of Communication. He is the Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), developing culturally-centered, community-based projects of social change, advocacy, and activism that articulate health as a human right. Dutta’s research examines the role of advocacy and activism in challenging¬† marginalizing structures, the relationship between poverty and health, political economy of global health policies, the mobilization of cultural tropes for the justification of neo-colonial health development projects, and the ways in which participatory culture-centered processes and strategies of radical democracy serve as axes of global social change.