Revisiting Edward Said's Representations of the Intellectual: A Roundtable for Perspectives on Academic Activism

Kirsten Forkert, Jason Huxtable, Zaki Nahaboo, Eugene Nulman, Poppy Wilde, Esther Windsor

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    In this roundtable discussion we revisit Edward Said’s Representations of the Intellectual (1993) as a departure for examining how and where academic activism can take place. This is situated both within and apart from existing public struggles, including #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) and other current movements. Academic activism will be explored as an intellectual project that may at times problematise notions of the public, the intellectual, and the activist.
    We will examine how academic activism contributes to activist projects, while also interrogating how “public” representational claims are made. This includes important questions around who is responsible for publics that are not yet constituted as such? What voices are not yet heard, seen, or understood? And what is the role of academic activists in relation to these? This in turn raises ethical questions of how to represent and be accountable to the disadvantaged and/or subaltern.
    In addressing these issues, the roundtable will explore activism both inside and outside the classroom, offering various figurations of academic activism. The discussion will draw on the participants’ experiences of university teaching and popular education within local contexts, as members of staff at Birmingham City University in the UK.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)167-186
    Number of pages20
    JournalPhilosophy and Theory in Higher Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 1 Jan 2022


    • publics
    • intellectual
    • academic activism
    • neoliberalism
    • pedagogy
    • postcolonialism


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