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R.I.E.N. or Race.Identity.Ethnicity.Nation  

Reading Group
Instructor: Rhea Dillon
Start date: May 10th

Race. Identity. Ethnicity. Nation. Without these four terms perhaps we are, as the French word rien translates into English, nothing. Through R.I.E.N. we wade in the water of landing to arrival rooted in Caribbean diasporic theory. In this reading group/workshop, students will focus on reading texts by Stuart Hall before engaging a selection of critical thinkers referenced in Hall’s work. Throughout this course, Dillon will present readings from Jacques Lacan, Paul Gilroy, Édouard Glissant and more in conversation with Hall’s cultural theory.


Rhea Dillon is an artist, writer and poet based in London. Through her practice she examines and abstracts her intrigue of the ‘rules of representation’ as a device to undermine contemporary Western culture as well as seeking to continually question what constitutes as the ontology of Blackness versus the ontic.