A response by Sara Motta to “Abolitionist University Studies: An Invitation” Click here to watch a video of Sara Motta’s lecture, “The (im)possibility of Decolonising the University.” The main lecture is from about 7:00 to 46:10 minutes, followed by Q&A. This lecture was given at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The […]
With this response I foreground histories of white nationalism on campus. In my forthcoming book, University Babylon: Film and Race Politics on Campus, I also start with Wilder’s work as a prologue to the story of US universities in the early 20th century.
I further build on Forgeries of Memory and Meaning, Cedric Robinson’s film history, to analyze the symbolic and institutional collaborations between Hollywood filmmak¬ers and university administrators. Together, cinematic and educational institutions have promoted a synthesis of misogyny, racial capitalism, heteropatriarchy, and deference to authority under the umbrella of white nationalist respectability.