Lecture 21


  March 12th, 2020: Research as Social Justice


“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society”
Angela Davis


forthright interrogation of how one interprets both the familiar and the foreign; ie how one transforms the familiar into the foreign and the foreign into the familiar

engagement of communities and community engagement.


glaring absence of a conceptual  grasp of the intersections of identity, institutions and ideologies,  that is, the cojoint elements in the ideological- institutional dialectic, the absence of which will  erode any promise or prospect of social justice

the cycle of violence into a circle of connectedness.

  1. How does the character of contemporary communities shape and is shaped by the quality of the engagement/ distance nexus dominant culture?
  2. How do we "make sense" of the “in” but not “of” and the “of” but not “in” the community?
  3. What conditions the differential “impact of the pernicious and agonal dominant culture on contemporary communities?


 Self awareness  (intrapsychic) and mutual recognition (intersubjectivity)

creation of consciousness in confronting the permeation of hegemony



“Communities - in - action" not  community inaction

distance and engagement




IDENTITY                                         INSTITUTIONS                    IDEOLOGIES

(Being:subjectivity / consciousness)   (Behaviour, means )          (Beliefs, goals,                                                                                                                  aspirations)

Mobilization of support



Guest Speaker:    Catherine Butera


Food Waste




As Einstein noted, “no problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it”. Likewise Audrey Lorde notes that the   masters tools will not dismantle the master’s house Fanon’s view of humanity as interconnectedness.  Consciousness" he suggests "is a process of transcendence