Lisbon is an absolutely brilliant place. In the very short time I spent there - five days - I feel like I got to learn a lot about its rich history of struggle - against the monarchy, fascism, authoritarianism and colonialism, and currently neoliberalism. I was lucky enough to have a host that received me as if I was an old friend, and took great delight in showing me around the city and introducing me to its cultural life. I saw DJs, a living art/theatre installation in an army barracks, sat in the middle of a massive, ambient guitar circle with a blindfold on. With some new friends made at the IIPPE conference, I feasted on typical Portuguese foods and drank homemade moonshine with the restaurant's owner, and briefly ventured through beautiful Sintra. Good times.
The conference itself was excellent. I was privileged enough to present my paper - 'Neoliberalism, Race, and Authoritarianism post-9/11' - alongside Matthew Ryan (University of Sydney) and Alfredo Saad Filho (SOAS). I received some challenging (and encouraging) comments and feedback, which I'll be sure to engage with going forward.
Some other highlights of the conference included:
- Vera Weghmann's (Nottingham University) paper on the disciplinary mechanisms of 'employability' practices within education and training;
- Lorenzo Pellegrini's (ISS) paper on Indigenous resistance against extraction and environmental injustice in the Northern Peruvian Amazon;
- Diane Elson's (University of Essex) keynote address on the political economy of gender inequality;
- Paul Cammack (University of Manchester), Alex Nunn (Leeds Beckett University), and Sophia Price's (Leeds Beckett University) papers on contemporary forms of social reproduction under global capitalism.
I'm very fortunate to have been able to take part in the IIPPE Conference, and to have spent time in lovely Lisbon. Now, I'm in London completing archival research at SOAS, the George Padmore Institute, and the Black Cultural Archives, after which I'll head to Birmingham and Manchester.