Making a Home for Freedom: From Agency to Empire

This presentation deals with the question of freedom. I claim that freedom involves a kind of colonizing and argue that this is not just a logical point, but a political one. The focus of my presentation is on understanding how political history can be simultaneously a history of freedom and a history of oppressive colonialism. Drawing on the work of Merleau-Ponty, I argue that freedom is necessarily embodied, and, as our freedom develops, so does the embodiment of freedom. I conclude with an argument that it is in the practice of multicultural politics that freedom is realized.

Dr. Russon has written the following books:

He received the “University of Guelph Distinguished Professorial Teaching Award” for 2010.

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