In both World Wars, France used West African “colonial conscripts.” Deployed on the front lines, they were often the first to be killed.
The United States originates in settler colonialism, slavery, empire, and a long history of giving refuge to some while refusing refuge to others.
History, Ann Stoler showed, is not just political action, disconnected from daily domestic acts. Intimate relations are worthy of serious study.
The humanities can reveal the truth of the world’s crises, everything from contagions like the pandemic to apocalypses like right-wing violence.
In responding to COVID, how should research libraries use the opportunity to tackle the ongoing crisis of postcoloniality?
How has data been used to organize labor, and how do we make ourselves visible to data-centric systems?
Opposition to imperialism unites the struggles of our times. To recognize empire is to take a necessary step towards a more just world.
Throughout its history, residents of Haiti, especially those of African descent, imagined and created their own possibilities for new social worlds.
“Just do something. Just do something. Just a very small thing. I’m not an ideological person, really.”
White South Africans used wildlife conservation to build a narrative as a race. Unfortunately, this pursuit came at the expense of Africans.
“There are two ways of reading Black invisibility and one of them is futuristic.”
What to do with Confederate statues in the US South? Martinique didn’t just destroy its colonial-era statues—it rebuilt them into something else.
The US imperialist wars in the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan grew from US wars against Indigenous people in the 19th century.
The Anthropocene has long been discussed in terms of hard science. What do the humanities have to teach about this human age?
Millions of items looted from Africa during the colonial era remain housed in private collections and museums around the world.
Versailles treated the people of Greater Syria and Iraq—Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike—as inferiors in need of “civilizational therapy.”
“I strongly lay claim to imagination, because to us Black women for a long time the possibility of imagination had been negated.”
Italy’s past, present, and future are no less marked by race than any other former colonial power. Acknowledging that is only the beginning.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has been described as an unprecedented global event. Yet for some, the virus arrives with uncanny familiarity.
"The women in my book really disrupted France’s ideas about citizenship, about who belongs. I’d like us to be similarly disruptive."