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Open Access 8 Revisiting Edward Said’s Representations of the Intellectual: A Roundtable for Perspectives on Academic Activism


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.

Keywords: academic activism; intellectual; neoliberalism; pedagogy; postcolonialism; publics

Document Type: Original Article

Publication date: January 1, 2022

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