Back to Recollective: Independent Archives Week 2018/2019

Panel 1: Identity, then and now

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Full Circle Studios, with Raghavendra Rao K.V. and Dr. JP Catungal

“Goodbye ‘identity politics,” writes Sonali Fernando in Rungh's “Visual Arts Issue” in 1994, “farewell ‘second wave feminism’ and ciao ‘Black Arts Movement’: in artistic and intellectual milieux these once indispensable ideologies are considered old hat.” Yet what is old is new again. In recent years, modes of political organization based in identity have emerged as a key motivating force of grassroots political organizing, theory, and critique. “Identity, Then and Now” brought together a panel of those involved in the creation and theorizing of culure to explore the ways in which Identity Politics has changed since the time of Rungh’s publishing in the 1990s, and how those changes affect the radical potential of this critical theoretical perspective. Does identity need to be re-identified?