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Gender Studies Programme, Dr. Jason Coe from the University of Hong Kong and Dr. Nazry Bahrawi​ from Singapore University of Technology and Design ​are going to hold an online public talk “Decolonisation can be a metaphor: responding to Tuck and Yang from Malay Studies” on decolonizing gender and literature with use of Zoom on February 27 2020 (Thursday) from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The details are are shown as follow:


  • Public Talk/ Public Class of GEND 2001 De-colonising gender​: Decolonisation can be a metaphor: responding to Tuck and Yang from Malay Studies
  • Speaker: Dr. Nazry Bahrawi (Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Respondent: Dr. Jason Coe (University of Hong Kong)
  • Time: Thursday, February 27, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Zoom Meeting ID: 695 787 8836
  • Zoom Conference link:https://hku.zoom.us/j/6957878836


Abstract of the public talk:
Tuck and Yang’s seminal essay ‘Decolonization is not a metaphor’ (2012) has raised crucial questions about the use and abuse of decolonial ventures. With reference to Malay literature and culture, this session will see Dr. Nazry Bahrawi (SUTD) respond to their essay by first delving into the basics of decolonial thought before outlining a case for when decolonisation as metaphor can be generative. It will explore intersections between decolonial thought and gender studies.

Tuck E. and Yang K. W., “Decolonization is not a metaphor,” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012, pp. 1-40
Bahrawi Nazry (2019) “Rindu Rustic: Singapore Nostalgias in Modern Malay Prose,” Journal of Intercultural Studies, 40:4.
Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o. Decolonising the Mind : The Politics of Language in African Literature. London : Portsmouth, N.H.: J. Currey ; Heinemann, 1986. Reprinted in the Postcolonial Studies Reader
Chen, Kuan-Hsing. Asia as Method : Toward Deimperialization. Durham [NC]: Duke UP, 2010.​


Recorded Event Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-WcPieXz7A&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR34C7xf473PV10eC6DGZObvEY6wQrzQD-HqscUa5Qzqo2qQBUHd4cmaY_Y