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.