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Research Network: Contested Sites

Reading Group Towards a shared history with Orsod Malik

30 Nov 2023

Join us to explore whether a shared history is possible, and what the creative and political implications for it might be.

  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Date

    Thursday 30 November 2023

  • Time


  • RSVP

    Free but booking required.

  • Artists

    Orsod Malik

Join us for an interactive reading group with Orsod Malik as we explore whether a shared history is possible, and what the creative and political implications for it might be.

Whilst listening to the 1983 speech made by Maurice Bishop, leader of Grenada’s Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG), at Hunter College, we will read the transcript from the speech in relation to the colonial situation in Palestine and beyond. This reading session will consider how Bishop posits a shared history, and whether the discursive tools he employs can be used to draw connections between different liberation struggles against colonisation today, and the obstacles standing in front of them today.

This reading group is open to all; it is a supportive and peer-led space for thinking and learning together. It is a space for constructive disagreements and critical engagement that is always based on mutual respect, interest, and care.

The transcript below will focus on the full Maurice Bishop speech which you can watch prior to the session but the transcript will be made available to you on the day. You do not need to read it in advance.

This reading group is part of iniva’s Research Network programme Contested Sites. It is supported by funding from Freelands Foundation


If you have any access requirements, please email us in advance at info@iniva.org and we will do our best to accommodate. Extracts of the texts will be provided on the day.


Orsod Malik, International Curators Forum’s Curator and Digital Strategist, is a Sudanese curator, writer, content producer. He’s also the founder of Code__Switch, an archive dedicated to connecting anticolonial struggles and ideas across time and space. Orsod’s curatorial approach focuses on exploring cultural and political entanglements in a variety of visual and textual materials to explore shared histories. He serves as the Executive Director of the Stuart Hall Foundation and held the position of Archivist-in-Residence at the Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) in 2021.

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