Our scorching planetary age results from the conjoined forces of colonial extractivism, fossil capitalism, and postcolonial developmentalism.
American overseas imperialism functions most powerfully through its infrastructures—debt, education, bureaucracy, mobility—filtered through DHS.
“I realized that if I was going to write a story about healers, I also had to write a story about healing.”
“You cannot divorce domestic empire from international empire. Those histories created one another.”
“There came a point in my life … where I realized that almost every narrative, whatever it came from, that dealt with an African country was pretty much a rewriting of ‘Heart of Darkness.’”
Nostalgia is both a threat and a refuge.
In 1857, the largest rebellion against the British East India Company took place. And famed poet Mirza Ghalib was there to witness it all.
“One of my objectives in writing the book was a plea to immigrants to not become settlers.”
“It’s not about the land underneath campuses. It’s land at a distance, that can be sold or managed to raise funds for endowments.”
Lamming never lets readers forget that within that one man—as within all of us—is a boiling multitude.
His characters—in 1919 Ireland, 1857 India, and 1940 Singapore—intuit that the world is about to collapse. But they can do nothing to save it.
In what ways might art resist a colonial state? Can a painting function as a land rights claim?
“As a historian and educator of college students, my experience teaching on US imperialism is one of disappointment.”
“Are there ways in which Black North Americans connected to places and things that were outside of the world we thought they were in?”
“Writers are being made to carry the weight of politicians.”
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr’s Goncourt-winning novel confronts the racist history of France’s literary prizes.
Teach the history of colonization and decolonization—for this is the best antidote to the venom of exclusion and racism that threatens France.
A “regional” humanities abandons academia’s tepid globalism, and confronts local oppressions like prisons, schools, housing, and the police.
Many landowners view themselves as environmental stewards. But can the environment ever be protected within the frame of private property?
Within western poetry, women writers of color—and their lived experiences—are not nearly as recognized nor represented as their white peers.