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Imagining Abolition

Week 11 of The Racial State all involve a discussion of police, prison and detention abolition. I have adapted some tests produced by abolitionist activists and intellectuals Mariame Kaba, Debbie Kilroy (from Sisters Inside) and Tabitha Lean. In preparation for this week’s theme, we will be watching the following films:

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Institutional Racism Scenarios

I first developed this exercise when I was invited by Professor Lilon Bandler to speak to er medical students at Sydney University! Here I have re-adapted it for use in our The Racial State Week 8 on institutional and systemic racism, as a ‘menu’.

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Assimilation Dress-Ups

In Week 7 of The Racial State we will be discussing assimilation, multiculturalism against the backdrop of ‘White Australia’ and the ruse of Indigenous ‘inclusion’. I have got the permission of the brilliant Indigenous run t-shirt company Dark and Disturbing to adopt some of their designs for use in this…

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Invasion Day exercise

For Week 6 of The Racial State we are going to subvert the idea that there is a debate to be had about ‘Australia Day’, known more correctly as Invasion Day. We are going to be engaging with Professor Irene Watson’s short text, ‘Why celebrate on the day that marks…

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Controlling Images exercise

For Week 5 of The Racial State we are going to be working with a short version of Patricia Hill Collins’ text, Chapter 4 of Black Feminist Thought: ‘Mammies, Matriarchs and other Controlling Images’ from We will watch the short video, ‘Mammy, Jezebel and Sapphire’ produced by Al Jazeera:…

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Is Racism a Pandemic?

I’ve tried to use TikTok. It is full-on the hardest thing ever to get right, so I am not sure how many videos I will actually end up producing! However, as a conversation started for Week 1 of The Racial State, I have produced a TiTok on the question of…

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The Racial State Poster Exhibition

The exhibition of a selection of student posters from my unit, The racial State (Autumn semester 2013) is currently on at the Margot Hardy Gallery, Bankstown Campus, Building 23, University of Western Sydney.    

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Alana Lentin