LGBT History in India: A Colonial Legacy
In 2018, India overturned the section of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised homosexuality. Sophie Whitehead investigates the legacy that British colonialism has left on India’s attitudes towards LGBT people.
How press censorship fostered the neglect of the Nigerian Asaba massacre
Written by Claudia Efemini. What role did British and federal Nigerian press play during the Nigerian Civil War? Claudia Efemini discusses the troubling role much of the press, influenced by neo-colonial considerations, played in enabling massacres like at Asaba and in increasing the severity of the conflict.
Capitalism, Colonialism, and Climate
Written by Megan Sickmueller. What dynamics remain at the heart of the present climate crisis? Megan Sickmueller examines the historic (and present role) of capitalism and colonialism in this, with its separation of the economy from the social and the ecological.
On Building a Nation: The Price of Utopia
Written by Megan Sickmueller, this piece discusses the thought of Martinican philosopher Franz Fanon in regards to the nation, race and colonial struggle, and relates it to the legacy and project of Steve Biko, a pre-eminent figure in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
Binyavanga Wainaina’s ‘How To Write About Africa’ and the Dangers of the Single Story
Written by Megan Sickmueller. How do colonial and orientalist ideas of Africa linger in the Western imagination? And what enduring problems do such false images maintain? Megan Sickmueller examines Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina’s ‘scathingly satirical’ piece on this complex topic.
Review: Our Time is Now: Race and Modernity in Postcolonial Guatemala, Julie Gibbings (2020)
Written by Jamie Gemmell. Dr Julie Gibbings’ 2020 work on postcolonial Guatemala offers an ambitiously broad examination of race and modernity, creating a multi-vocal historical narrative which is simultaneously complex and readable.
Writing Postcolonial Histories – A Conversation with Dr. Julie Gibbings
Dr Julie Gibbings sits down with Retrospect’s Jamie Gemmell to discuss her 2020 work Our Time is Now: Race and Modernity in Postcolonial Guatemala.
Africa’s Haven of Peace? Elections, Politics and Violence in Post-colonial East Africa
As I write, it is the 28 October 2015, and three days have passed since Tanzania went to the polls for the fifth time since the return of multi-party elections in 1995. Elections in Africa are always moments of high tension, and this election is no different. Today, the BBC News Africa page leads with…