Tagged: Postcolonialism

The Strange Case of Portugal’s Returnees

By Christoph Kalter. The year is 1975, and the footage comes from the Portuguese Red Cross. Who, or maybe what, are these people? Returnees or retornados is the term commonly assigned to more than half-a-million people, the vast majority of them white settlers from Angola and Mozambique, most of whom arrived in Lisbon in 1975.

Essentialism and the Making of African Refugees

By Rose Jaji. African “refugeeness” in the media, policy, and academia is an essentialist physical image conflating material deprivation and multiple victimhoods. Historically, African refugees were capable of political participation even to the point of building vibrant states in the new lands they fled to in precolonial Africa.

Mozambique’s Borders

By Adérito Júlio Machava. During the period prior to the setting up of the Portuguese colonial administration in southeast Africa, there were important waves of forced migrations caused by, firstly, the Mfecane, and secondly the defeat of King Ngungunhane in 1895, and the subsequent overthrow of the Gaza Empire.

Congo’s White ‘Refugees’

By Lazlo Passemiers. Not all people seeking refuge in Africa have been black. One group of white refuge-seekers in Africa consisted of whites who fled from their African countries of residence after the fall of colonial and white minority rule.

Why Non-European Languages Matter to European Humanities: Area Studies and Postcolonial Philology

By Christian Junge (Arabic Studies, University of Marburg, Germany). English is, without doubt, the dominant academic language of our time, especially in the natural sciences, where materials are often taught and published in English. On the contrary, in European humanities, scholars of literary and cultural studies, linguistics and philosophy teach and publish quite widely in minor academic languages, such as German, Italian or Polish.

لماذا تهمّ اللغات غير الأوروبية الإنسانيات الأوروبية: دراسات المناطق وفقه اللغة ما بعد الاستعماري

كريستيان يونغي (الدراسات العربية، جامعة ماربورغ، ألمانيا). لا شك أنَّ اللغة الإنكليزية هي اللغة الأكاديمية السائدة في عصرنا، لا سيما في العلوم الطبيعية، إذ غالبًا ما تُدرَّس المواد وتُنشر باللغة الإنكليزية. وبخلاف ذلك، فإنَّ باحثيّ الدراسات الأدبية والثقافية واللغويات والفلسفة، في الإنسانيات الأوروبية، يدرّسون وينشرون على نطاق واسع بلغات أكاديمية ثانوية، مثل الألمانية أو الإيطالية أو البولندية.

L’historiographie africaine et les défis de la périodisation européenne : un commentaire historique

Un texte de Ihediwa Nkemjika Chimee. L’historiographie africaine suit des divisions, schémas et séquences imposés par les européens. Ceux-ci ont affirmé dans le passé que l’histoire africaine n’existait pas et que l’histoire de l’Afrique débute avec l’histoire des européens en Afrique.

The League Against Imperialism: Lives and Afterlives

Interview with Sana Tannoury-Karam. Founded in Brussels in 1927, the League Against Imperialism attracted anticolonial activists like Nehru, Sukarno, and Kenyatta, as well as figures like Einstein and Madame Sun Yat-Sen. Its immediate goals were to develop solidarity between communists, socialists, and anti-colonial nationalists worldwide.

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