Toppling Statues, Challenging Silences and Systemic Oppression: Protest as an opportunity to critically reflect History

“…Starting from the activists’ demands and claims regarding the violent character of some statues, I discuss howstatues are connected to systemic oppression and the role silence plays in that dynamic, as well as the relevance of the act of taking those symbols down. Rather than directly engaging with the different arguments of opponents and defenders of specific statues, I approach the topic with a theoretically informed perspective, reflecting not only about the statues but how we, as Western societies, understand our History. Besides the meanings and implications of who is (and isn’t) represented by statues, I question the power relations shaping our narratives of history and their political and social implications…”

Silences around the Memory of the Mpondoland Revolts in South Africa (1950s-1961)

“…This revolutionary movement called Congo Movement or iKongo opposed the white nationalist government by incorporating approaches of witchcraft and sorcery to create a separate nation and fight against the apartheid state. The fact that very little published work without a systematic study of the Mpondo resistance exists, is an example of resistance by the marginalized that remains widely hidden. In this context, urban anti-apartheid struggles like the Sharpeville and Langa protests are well remembered, yet rural resistances like the Mpondoland revolts remain largely absent in historical narratives (Kepe & Ntsebeza 2011: 3ff.). This points to different aspects of silence revolving around the memory of these revolts, especially in contemporary discourses. In the case of iKongo, it is relevant to study the silences around womxn and around witchcrafts, since both remain subjects of silence and prejudice throughout history…”

Postcolonial Poetry Project: The mirage of national identity and the possible otherness

by Mauricio Jiménez Hernández and Mario Alberto Naranjo Ricoy

“This project has allowed us to politicize our personal inclination for poetry and, watered in the tradition of postcolonial poetry that we have been discovering in our research, to articulate a discourse and a shared approach in order to nourish and reinvent that tradition of rebellious words that accompany the struggles of humanity and peoples for a fairer world…”

Topic: Neo-colonialism and Australian off-shore detention

by Jack Garton
The Australian government undertakes deliberate steps to dehumanise asylum seekers who come to Australia through a network of illegal concentration camps. The Australian federal government has consistently and knowingly disregarded legal norms and violated international law. Despite claims to the contrary, Australia wields profound and undue influence over Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Nauru, where these camps are located. Finally, the efforts of the Australian government in the years 2013-6 at ‘othering’ asylum seekers is an insidious form of dehumanisation. These policies, I shall argue, are not an aberration in European-Australian history, but rather a culmination of a profound and latent racism upon which the modern Australian state was founded upon.

Cabral speaks with Hegel – A Radio Podcast

by Beth Castaneda
For this method, Amílcar Cabral and Georg Hegel discuss various topics. Cabral taunts Hegel with his theory of master and bondsman and Hegel questions Cabral’s celebration of particularity. The debate follows this short introductory paper and it is an attempt to see how these men respond to some of the more sensitive parts of their theories. The debate constitutes less of an argument, but more of a method to question certain arguments both men made through their speeches and their texts.

“We sang our way to victory” – An Un-Intrusive Exploration into the Music and Singing of the oppressed, during the Colonialisation of Africa.

photo: Miriam Makeba; from sahistory.org.za, a website and archive for the peoples’ histories of South Africa   by Asa Nowers ______________________________________________________________________________________   This paper aims to explore the significance of music during colonialisation in Africa and the consequential liberation movements.Continue reading… “We sang our way to victory” – An Un-Intrusive Exploration into the Music and Singing of the oppressed, during the Colonialisation of Africa.

Postcolonial Analysis of the 21st Century Migration Discourse

by Wong Yong Li   The very naming of a form of critical studies as ‘postcolonial theory’ reveals an understanding and reading of world history relative to the period of colonization. Within postcolonial theory every event before the 18th andContinue reading… Postcolonial Analysis of the 21st Century Migration Discourse