Anti-Oppression | Reading Group | Afropessimism

To kick off the CSPS Year of Anti-Oppression the Political Ecology reading group met on October 15th to discuss Frank Wilderson’s Afropessimism.  Nine people attended the reading group from within and beyond CSPS, which signals a growing interest and commitment to exploring this topic together. Dr. Sierra Deutsch facilitated our meeting with the following ground rules, which we found really helpful for discussing race and racism. 

Several members shared helpful links to help us further understand the book:

Interviews with the author:


Other suggested readings/podcasts/documentaries:

There are reading groups on anti-oppression scheduled until June 2021, we hope you will join us!  Due to corona restrictions, the location is usually decided two weeks in advance.You can check the CSPS invitation or email Sierra at for updates within two weeks prior to each event.

In addition, the upcoming meeting of the Transformative Learning Hub on October 28th (9.30 -12.30 CEST) will focus on addressing Anti-Oppression in our research and teaching.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Anke de Vrieze,

Reading Group Schedule

15 Oct | Frank B. Wilderson III (2020)| Afropessimism

19 Nov | Gloria Wekker (2016) | White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race (on racism in the Dutch context)

21 Jan| Sarah Ahmed (2012)| On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life

4 Mar | bell hooks (1994) | Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

15 Apr | Kathryn Yusoff (2018) | A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None

10 Jun | Taiaiake Alfred (2005) | Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom