Biography

Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva’s academic writings and artistic practice address the ethical questions of the global present and target the metaphysical and ontoepistemological dimensions of modern thought. Currently, she is a Professor and Director of The Social Justice Institute (the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice) at the University of British Columbia. Before joining UBC, she was an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, at the University of California, San Diego and, from 2010 to 2015, she held the inaugural chair in Ethics, at the School of Business and Management and the directorship of the Centre for Ethics and Politics, at Queen Mary University of London. Her research areas include Critical Racial and Ethnic Studies, Feminist Theory, Critical Legal Theory, Political Theory, Moral Philosophy, Postcolonial Studies, and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. She is the principal editor for the Routledge/Cavendish book series Law, Race, and the Postcolonial (with Mark Harris and Rashne Limki). Her art-related work include texts for publications linked to the 2016  Liverpool and Sao Paulo Biennales, advising Natasha Ginwala, the curator for the Contour 8 Biennale (Mechelen, 2017). Ferreira da Silva is regularly invited to participate in international events and to contribute to publications in academic and artistic settings.

Research

My theoretical work — which is informed by research on themes such as Female Genital Cutting, Police Brutality, and Black Political Mobilization, and the rhetoric of the “War on Terror” — consists primarily in the formulation of a critical strategy, global/historical analysis , which highlights the centrality of raciality in modern (post-Enlightenment) thought. Drawing from post-structural and feminist theory and psychoanalysis, it is offered as critique of liberal and contemporary critical theorizing, as it seeks to capture how raciality – as a scientific (sociological and anthropological) signifier of human difference which institutes globality as an ontological horizon – operates in the present global (juridical, economic, and symbolic) configuration. And, in doing so, it seeks to open up new venues for the theorizing of global justice. This concern results not only from my interdisciplinary training (Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, History, and Philosophy) but also from many years of political activism in my working-class neighborhood association (in Rio de Janeiro ) and in the black Brazilian movement.

For up to date list of publications, please visit http://ubc.academia.edu/DeniseDaSilva

Selected Publications

Book Series

(2011-) co-Editor – Law and the Postcolonial: Ethics, Politics, Economics. London: Routledge
(2014) co-Editor – Indigenous Peoples and the Law

Books Published

(2007) Toward a Global Idea of Race. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

(2013) Race, Empire, and The Crisis of the Subprime. W/ Paula Chakravartty. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

(2018) Postcolonialism and the Law: Major Works. W/ Mark Harris. London: Routledge.

Forthcoming

(In Preparation) Law, Race, and the Postcolonial – A Handbook. W/ Mark Harris. London: Routledge/Cavendish.

(In Press) Indigenous Peoples & the Law – A Handbook. W/ Mark Harris. London: Routledge/Cavendish.

Special Journal Issues

(2014) Guest Editor – Special Issue Race and Post-Raciality. Cultural Dynamics (26): 1, March

(2012) Guest co-Editor – Special Issue on Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime. American Quarterly  63 (3), September. The Council of Editors of Learned Journal’s 2013 Best Special Issue Award (co-winner)

(2004) Guest Editor – Special issue on Race and Nation in Brazil. Social Identities 10 (6), December.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (Last 8 years)

(2018) “Hacking the Subject. Black Feminism and Refusal Beyond the Limits of Critique.” PhiloSPHIA. A Journal of Continental Feminism, 8.1, Winter: 19-41.

(2017) “The Banalization of Racial Events.” Theory & Event, 20 (1).

(2016) “The Racial Limits of Social Justice: The Ruse of Equality of Opportunity and the Global Affirmative Action Mandate.” Critical Ethnic Studies, 2 (2): 284-298, Fall.

(2015) “Globality.” Critical Ethnic Studies, 1(1): 33-38, Spring.

(2014) “Ninguém: Direito, Racilidade e Violéncia”. Revista Meritum9 (1), Jan-Dec.

(2014) “Toward a Black Feminist Poethics: The Quest(ion) of Blackness Towards the End of the World”. The Black Scholar, 44 (2).

(2014) “Transversing the Circuit of Dispossession. The Dispossessed Eighteenth Century, special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 55 (3)

(2013) “To be Announced: Radical Praxis or Knowing (at) the Limits of Justice.” Social Text31 (1 – 114), Spring

(2012) “Accumulation, Dispossession & Debt: The Racial Logic of Global Capitalism – Introduction.” American Quarterly63 (3), September

(2011) “Notes for a Critique of the ‘Metaphysics of Race’.”  Theory, Culture & Society28 (1)

Book Chapters

(In Press) “Before Man: Sylvia Wynter’s Rewriting of the Modern Episteme” in The Realization of Living: Sylvia Wynter and Being Human. Edited by Katherine McKittrick. Durham: Duke University Press.

(2013) “Accumulation, Dispossession, and Debt: The Racial Logic of Global Capitalism – An Introduction. W/ Paula Chakravartty. In Race, Empire and the Crisis of the Subprime. Edited by Paula Chakravartty & Denise Ferreira da Silva. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

(2011) “No-Bodies: Law, Violence, Raciality” in Critical Legal Theory (Critical Concepts in Law). Edited by Costas Douzinas and Colin Perrin. London: Routledge.

(In press) “Reading the Dead: A Black Feminist Method for the Critique of Global Capital. Otherwise Worlds: Settler Colonialism and Anti-Blackness. Tiffany Lethabo-King, Jenell Navarro, and Andrea Smith (Eds). Durham: Duke University Press.

(2017) “The Scene of Nature.”Contemporary Legal Thought. Edited by Christopher Tomlins and Justice Desautels-Stein. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(2017) “Canvas Infinita.” Lucy Cotter Editor. Cinema Olanda- Wendelien van Oldenbourg. Berlin: Hatje Cantz publisher

(2017) “Blacklight.”  Otobong Nkanga Luster and Lucre. Eds. Clare Molloy, Philippe Pirotte and Fabian Schöneich. Berlin: Sternberg Press

(2017) “Unpayable Debt.” Quinn Latimer and Adam Szymczyk (Eds). The Documenta 14 Reader. Munique and New York: Prestel Publishing.

(2017) “The ‘Refugee Crisis’ and the current Predicament of the Liberal State”. Edited byNataša Petrešin-Bachelez. Subjects and Objects In Exile. Ghent: L’ Internationale Books

(2016) “On Difference Without Separability.” 32nd Bienal de São Paulo – Incerteza Viva. Catalogue. Edited by Jochen Volz and Júlia Rebouças. São Paulo: Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, pp. 57-65.

(2016) “The Racial Event or That Which Happens Without Time.” In Episodes – 2016 Liverpool Biennale, curated by Sally Tallant, Dominic Willsdon, Francesco Manacorda, Raimundas Malasauskas, Joasia Krysa, Rosie Cooper, Polly Brannan and Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey

(2016) “Reflecting on Representation”. In Wendelien van Oldenborg – Amateur. Berlin: Sternberg Press.

(2015) “Before Man: Sylvia Wynter’s Rewriting of the Modern Episteme” in Sylvia Wynter: Being Human as Praxis. Edited by Katherine McKittrick. Durham: Duke University Press.

(2014) “Radical Praxis or Knowing (at) the Limits of Justice” in Edited by Sherene Razack and Suvendrini Perera. At the Limits of Justice. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

(2014) “Race and Development” Robert Porter and Vandana Desai (Eds) The Companion to Development Studies, Third Edition. Oxford & New York: Routledge.

(2013) “Accumulation, Dispossession, and Debt: The Racial Logic of Global Capitalism – An Introduction. W/ Paula Chakravartty. In Race, Empire and the Crisis of the Subprime. Edited by Paula Chakravartty & Denise Ferreira da Silva. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

(2011) “No-Bodies: Law, Violence, Raciality” in Critical Legal Theory (Critical Concepts in Law). Edited by Costas Douzinas and Colin Perrin. London: Routledge