Lacuna: Reading Group by PSS

CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD 

27 August 2017

Within discourses that analyse the continuing British colonial present lies a recurrent confrontation with gaps in lineage, catalogue and record. These gaps are especially relevant in the context of libraries, whereby the process of cataloguing operates simultaneously as capture and erasure. Our position is that these omissions from record, though actively produced, can not be addressed simply by ‘making visible, rendering comprehensible, or restoring to presence,’ (Vimalassery, Pegues, Goldstein, 2016). There is always already an impossibility of recuperation when ‘listening for the unsaid… in fragmented discourse’ (Hartman, 2008).

PSS hosted a free reading group in the Clubroom space during CCA Glasgow’s The House that Heals the Soul summer exhibition.

Reading List

  • Barnor Hesse, ‘Diasporicity, Black Britain’s Post Colonial Formations’ in UnSettled Multiculturalisms: Diasporas, Entanglements, Transruptions, London/New York: Zed Books, 2000
  • Jay Bernard, ‘Surge’ in Beacon of Hope: New Beacon in Poetry and Prose, New Beacon Press, 2016.
  • Jackie Kay, Trumpet (excerpt), London: Picador, 1998.

Optional Further Reading

  • Hartman, S. "Venus in Two Acts." Small Axe, vol. 12 no. 2, 2008, pp. 1-14. Project MUSE,
  • Vimalassery, M. & Pegues, J. H. & Goldstein, A. "Introduction: On Colonial Unknowing." Theory & Event, vol. 19 no. 4, 2016. Project MUSE,