In this episode, edna bonhomme and Skye Tinevimbo Chirape discuss Decolonising Forensic Psychology, migration, and decolonial research practices especially as it relates to the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Skye is a Forensic Psychology scholar and doctorate candidate at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Her research, provisionally titled, ‘The Hare and the Baboon: Human (In)Security, migration and victimisation of African LGBT asylum seekers in the context of the UK asylum interview process investigates broader issues around structural violence and the ongoing conversation on the politics of migration and borders of gender and sexuality. It specifically centres African LGBT persons seeking asylum in the UK. Skye is also a part time lecturer (teaching post-graduate Political Psychology) and a member of, the hub for decolonial feminist Psychologies in Africa at UCT. Skye’s visual activism has continued to centre migration, gender & sexuality, trauma, structural violence, gendered violence and decolonial feminist psychology. In the recent years Skye’s academic and community work has focused on the conversation of trauma, decolonising work on trauma, healing / healing justice, collective healing and holding space within black LGBTIQ+ communities and movements. Skye’s MSc in Forensic research; “He was treated like a criminal”. Evaluating the impact of detention related trauma on LGBTI refugees, has been presented at universities in London, New York, Amsterdam and Berlin and, was published in 2018.
In the past Skye has worked for the UK criminal justice system specialised in sexual offending and Intimate Partner Violence/ homicide. Often in collaborating with other artists and organisations, she has used visual art/ activism to examine geopolitical issues, drawing from personal/ lived experiences. Skye has curated exhibitions in London, taken part in the 10th Berlin Biennale performance, and participated in an exchange with the British artist Emma McGarry, at theTate Modern gallery. In 2018 Skye appeared on the cover of Diva Magazine; in 2014 on the cover of Complexd woman magazine and was nominated for a BEFFTA award in 2010. In 2014 Skye was identified as one of 15 British based womxn campaigners making changes in the world and was published in the book, Here We Stand: Women changing the world.
PODCAST IMAGE CREDIT Left side: featuring Skye sitting down, a collaboration between Cloudy Moroni & Skye Skyetshookii, 2014. Right side: a person lowering their knickers is from an exhibition that Skye co-curated with Priscillar Gurupira and the image belongs to a Zimbabwean artist, Nancy Mteki.
• Chirape, S. R. T. (2018). He was treated like a criminal”: Evaluating the impact of detention related trauma on LGBTI refugees In The Colour of Madness. Stirling Publishing edited by Linton, S. and Walcott, R. Skiddaw publishers.
• Chirape, S. R. T. (2015). Trauma: Not just for the victims, a review. Convenor: Lorraine Perry. Published in The Forensic Update No 119, 2015.
• Skyetshookii, S. (2017). Hidden in the open: An honorarium essay to
South African photographer, Zanele Muholi’s body of photographic work, Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, catalogue edited by Renee Mussai. Autograph ABP, London.
• Chirape, S. R.T. (2014). The freedom of others, In Here we stand: Women changing the world. Edited by Helena Earnshaw and Angharad Penrhyn Jones. Honno, UK.
• Chirape, S. R.T. (2014). The ritual communication of (black queer) bodies in The Ladybeard magazine. The Sex issue. UK.
• Skyetshookii, S. (2014). Transgender day of Remembrance: An artist view. Published on the Commonwealth writers’ website.
In this episode, edna bonhomme interviewed Will Fredo Furtado about the development and continuation of colonialism in art museums and art biennale, as well as the controversies surrounding an Afrofuturist exhibition in Berlin that failed to feature a Black artist and Will’s efforts to democratize writing in Latin America and the African continent.
Will Fredo Furtado is a non-binary artist, writer and editor exploring power dynamics, cultural dislocation and the intersection of pop culture, decolonial thought, kuirness and technology. Born in Portugal of Guatemalan and Cape Verdean heritage, Will is based in Berlin, Germany. Since 2017 Will is the deputy editor of Contemporary And, an art platform focused on African perspectives, and previously the art and digital editor at Sleek, an art and fashion magazine. In their artistic practice Will Fredo Furtado works with images and text to explore decoloniality and Global South epistemologies. Will has exhibited with institutions and art projects including Ludwig Forum Aachen, Körnerpark Galerie Berlin, Supplement Projects Miami, 1.1 Basel, whitebox.art and Sharjah Film Platform.
In this episode, edna bonhomme interviewed Lee Richards and Camille Barton, two queer decolonial activists and researchers living in Berlin about their practice of somatic healing. We also discussed how they are coping with COVID-19, what is happening in their communities abroad, and how we can help marginalized communities navigate through this current crisis. We spoke about the intersections of wellness, care, and social justice.
Lee Richards, also known by their stage name Daddypuss Rex, is an intersectional gender terrorist with a big mouth and who isn’t afraid to use it. Based in Berlin, they are a multidisciplinary artist/poet/stand up comedian and co-producer of the Queer talk show ‘Just The T’ . They often use a mix of humor and poetry to navigate topics such as anti-Blackness, racism, transphobia and general colonial nonsense – the goal is to touch hearts, minds, and butts…with active consent! Additionally, Lee is a yoga teacher whose classes center Black and Queer experiences, narratives and bodies of all shapes, sizes and abilities – giving space to practitioners to fully exercise their agency on and off the mat. Their goal here is to decolonize the practice of yoga and to bring it to marginalized communities that are often overlooked by the colonial cishetero patriarchy that is prevalent in the (yoga) world today. Their teaching style combines elements from the Hatha Vinyasa Vedic system as well as traditional African (Kemetic/Smai Tawi) postures, movements, and philosophies. Lee uses yoga as a means to connect people to their own bodies, to their own minds, and ultimately to their own higher selves.
Camille Barton is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, facilitator, coach and somatic movement practitioner, working on the intersections of wellness, arts, drug policy, and social change. They are the director of the Collective Liberation Project and co-produced RE:GENERATE, a Black centered UK arts festival focusing on the intersections of drug policy, racial justice, and liberation. Their film, Space is the Place, made in association with C4 Random Acts, can be found here.
Ayuda: Hope Through Action. The Philippine Studies Series Berlin together with PhilNetz e.V. Philippinisches Diaspora Netzwerk, Tipon, Philippinenbüro e.V., and Babaylan Germany e.V. are calling for donations to provide personal protective equipment for the Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City and food and hygiene packs to urban poor and indigenous communities in the Philippines.
(German translation below)
We also have an online one-week event where musicians and artists contribute their pre-recorded performances and artworks to help us publicise the call. We have been able to get some famous Filipino/a/x musicians to contribute 🙂 Here is the link (the uploaded performances are in the Discussion): https://www.facebook.com/events/561615717893589/
“Ayuda Na! Community, Art, & Music for Covid-19 Relief in the Philippines: Catch online performances and artworks by Filipino/a/x artists from various parts of the world in this one-week event in support of Ayuda: Hope Through Action call for donation.”
These are difficult and uncertain times as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Globally, the virus has infected more than a million people and claimed tens of thousands of lives. We worry for our health and those of our family and friends. We worry for the effects on our societies and economies of the restrictions that have been put in place to help contain the spread of the virus.
The pandemic’s repercussions will be felt differently across the globe, with some populations likely to suffer more than others. Particularly vulnerable are places like the Philippines where there are relatively frail health systems and where large segments of the population have precarious livelihoods. This may seem distant from us here in Germany, yet as this virus has shown us, we live in a global village–what happens in one part of the world sends out ripples that reach the farthest corners.
This need not lead us to despair, but to hope, as it means that we are also capable of solidarity based on our interconnection. And, as the writer Arundhati Roy has said of this crisis: “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” Yet hope and imagination are not enough. We need hope that gives birth to action, and action that unites people in hope.
HOPE THROUGH ACTION
HOW CAN WE DO THIS TOGETHER?
Through an online donation drive that we, groups and organizations across Germany, have set up to help a hospital and the most vulnerable in the Philippines.
Timeframe: April 6 – 20, 2020 • Every day/hour/minute counts! We would like to send help as soon as possible.
Goal: € 4,000 • € 30 will feed a family of six members for two weeks and provide them with hygiene kits. • € 30 will also purchase a set of personal protective equipment (mask, gown, and shoe cover) for a frontliner. • € 4,000 (or more!) would definitely go a long way!
Kindly indicate in your bank transfer Verwendungszweck or Purpose: Ayuda Spende. Please include your name, postal address, and email address so PhilNetz can send you a receipt of your donation.
Paypal: If you prefer to donate via Paypal, kindly send to Paypal account firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate Purpose: Ayuda, and include your name, postal address, and email address. These information and your donation will then be forwarded to PhilNetz who will issue your receipt.
WHO WILL BE RECEIVING YOUR HELP?
AMAI PAKPAK MEDICAL CENTER IN MARAWI CITY
APMC is the main hospital in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, a city torn apart by the 2017 war that displaced 98 percent of its population. Many of the displaced continue to languish in crowded evacuation camps, at high risk of coronavirus infection. As of April 4, there were 7 confirmed COVID cases at APMC, four of whom died. There are 29 persons under investigation in Lanao del Sur, and hundreds more are being monitored as suspected COVID cases. The hospital has appealed for help for 100 personal protective equipment sets (N95 mask, blue gown, shoe cover), hazmat suits (30 pcs large, 50 pcs XL, 20 pcs XXL), and ventilators.
CATW-AP has been delivering relief goods, including basic food and hygiene supplies to women victims of sex trafficking and extra-judicial killings, and their families in the poor communities, who are most at risk from COVID-19. Your donation will help them provide rice and vegetables that they get directly from farmers, to keep them healthy enough to fight illness, as well as soap and other supplies that can help them remain safe from COVID-19.
KATRIBU and their partner organizations will deliver urgent food relief and hygiene packs to indigenous communities, such as the Dumagat in Sitio Nayon, Barangay Sta. Ines, Tanay, Rizal and Barangay Magsikap, General Nakar, Quezon; Tumanduk communities in Barangay Lahug, Tapaz, Panay Island; and Aetas in villages of Nabuclod, Mawacat and Camachile in Floridablanca, Pampanga.
Let us do this together – healthy and safe, hand in hand!
AYUDA: HOFFNUNG DURCH AKTION Spenden für die Corona-Krise auf den Philippinen
Wir hoffen, dass Sie und Ihre Angehörigen bei guter Gesundheit und guter Laune sind. Es sind schwierige und unsichere Zeiten, in denen wir uns mit der COVID-19-Pandemie befassen. Weltweit hat das Virus mehr als eine Million Menschen infiziert und Zehntausende von Todesopfern gefordert. Wir sorgen uns um unsere Gesundheit und die unserer Familie und Freunde. Wir sorgen uns um die Auswirkungen auf unsere Gesellschaften und Volkswirtschaften, die die Beschränkungen zur Eindämmung der Ausbreitung des Virus mit sich tragen.
Die Auswirkungen der Pandemie werden weltweit unterschiedlich empfunden, wobei einige Bevölkerungsgruppen mehr unter ihnen leiden werden als andere. Besonders anfällig sind Orte wie die Philippinen, wo es relativ schwache Gesundheitssysteme gibt und wo große Teile der Bevölkerung eine prekäre Existenzgrundlage haben. Dies mag uns hier in Deutschland weit entfernt erscheinen, doch wie uns dieses Virus gezeigt hat, leben wir in einem globalen Dorf — was in einem Teil der Welt geschieht, sendet Wellen aus, die bis in die entferntesten Ecken der Welt reichen.
Doch anstatt an der Pandemie zu verzweifeln, kann sie auch Hoffnung schaffen — nämlich dafür, dass wir auch zu Solidarität fähig sind, die auf unserer gemeinsamen Vernetzung beruht. So schreibt die Schriftstellerin Arundhati Roy über diese Krise: “Historisch gesehen haben Pandemien die Menschen gezwungen mit der Vergangenheit zu brechen und sich ihre Welt neu vorzustellen. Diese ist nicht anders. Sie ist ein Portal, eine Pforte zwischen einer Welt und der nächsten.” Doch Hoffnung und Phantasie reichen nicht aus. Wir brauchen Hoffnung, die Taten hervorbringt, und Taten, die Menschen in der Hoffnung vereinen.
HOFFNUNG DURCH AKTION
WIE KÖNNEN WIR DIES GEMEINSAM TUN?
Durch eine Online-Spendenaktion, die wir (Gruppen und Organisationen in ganz Deutschland) eingerichtet haben, um einem Krankenhaus und den am meisten gefährdeten Menschen auf den Philippinen zu helfen.
Der Zeitrahmen: 6. bis 20. April 2020
• Jede_r Tag/Stunde/Minute zählt! Wir möchten so schnell wie möglich Hilfe schicken.
Ziel: 4.000 €
• Mit 30 € wird eine sechsköpfige Familie zwei Wochen lang ernährt und mit Hygienesets ausgestattet. • Mit 30 € wird auch ein Satz an persönlicher Schutzausrüstung (Maske, Kittel und Schuhüberzug) für eine_n systemrelevante_n Frontliner_in angeschafft. • 4.000 € (oder mehr!) können bereits sehr viel auswirken!
Bitte geben Sie bei Ihrer Überweisung folgenden Verwendungszweck an: Ayuda Spende. Bitte fügen Sie Ihren Namen, Ihre Adresse und Ihre E-Mail-Adresse hinzu, damit PhilNetz Ihnen eine Quittung Ihrer Spende zusenden kann.
WER WIRD IHRE HILFE ERHALTEN?
AMAI PAKPAK MEDICAL CENTER IN MARAWI CITY
APMC ist das Hauptkrankenhaus in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Die Stadt wurde durch den Krieg von 2017, der 98 Prozent der Bevölkerung vertrieben hat, auseinandergerissen. Viele der Vertriebenen harren weiterhin in überfüllten Evakuierungslagern aus, wobei ein hohes Risiko einer Coronavirusinfektion besteht. Am 4. April gab es in der APMC sieben bestätigte COVID-Fälle, von denen vier starben. In Lanao del Sur werden 29 Personen untersucht, und Hunderte weitere werden als COVID-Verdachtsfälle überwacht. Das Krankenhaus hat um Hilfe für 100 persönliche Sets an Schutzausrüstung (N95-Maske, Operationskittel, Schuhüberzug), Chemikalienschutzanzüge (30 St. L, 50 St. XL, 20 St. XXL) und Beatmungsgeräte gebeten.
COALITION AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN – ASIA PACIFIC (CATW-AP)
Die NGO CATW-AP liefert Hilfsgüter in die armen Gemeinden, die durch die Erkrankung an COVID-19 am meisten gefährdet bzw. am verletzlichsten sind: die Hilfeleistungen umfassen Grundnahrungsmittel und Hygieneartikel, die vor allem Frauen, die Opfer von Sexhandel und extralegalen Tötungen wurden, sowie ihren Familien, zur Verfügung gestellt werden. Mit Ihrer Spende verhelfen Sie CATW-AP, Reis und Gemüse zu verteilen, welches sie direkt von Bauern erhalten, um weiterhin ausreichend gesund und in der Lage bleiben zu können, Krankheiten abzuwehren. Außerdem erhalten sie auf diesem Wege Seife und andere Hilfsgüter, die Schutz vor einer COVID-19 Erkrankung bieten.
KATRIBU, BAI INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S NETWORK, SANDUGO MOVEMENT OF MORO AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FOR SELF-DETERMINATION
KATRIBU und ihre Partnerorganisationen werden dringende Nahrungsmittelhilfen und Hygienepakete liefern: an indigene Gemeinschaften wie die Dumagat in Sitio Nayon, Barangay Sta. Ines, Tanay, Rizal und Barangay Magsikap, General Nakar, Quezon; Tumanduk-Gemeinden in Barangay Lahug, Tapaz, Insel Panay; und an Aetas in den Dörfern Nabuclod, Mawacat und Camachile in Floridablanca, Pampanga.
Lassen Sie uns dies gemeinsam tun — gesund und sicher, Hand in Hand!
Mit tiefer Dankbarkeit,
Philippine Studies Series Berlin PhilNetz e.V. Philippinisches Diaspora Netzwerk Tipon Philippinenbüro e.V. Babaylan Germany e.V.
In this episode of the Decolonization in Action Podcast, edna bonhomme and Dr. Christienna Fryar discuss the history of Britain and the Caribbean and what it means to be teaching 500 years of Black British history. Recognizing that Black British history has only recently starting to gain institutional support in the British academy, Dr. Fryar puts institutional practices in context, discussing how history departments have for so long separated the colonial history of the British Empire from British domestic history as well as marginalized histories of migration within the UK and intellectual contributions of Black Britons. Sharing her work on Jamaica post-emancipation and Britain after the abolition of slavery in 1834, Dr. Fryar refutes and carefully unpacks the implications of the national myth of humanitarian Britain after abolition and exposes ongoing racism and imperial expansion after the end of slavery. Linking this myth and the division between the British imperial and domestic histories with the present-day realities in the Caribbean and for Black Britons, especially in reference to the recent Windrush crisis, Dr. Fryar addresses what is at stake when the colonial past and its aftermath are not fully accounted for.
DR. CHRISTIENNA FRYAR
Dr. Christienna Fryar is a historian of Britain and the Caribbean, focusing on Britain’s imperial entanglements in the Caribbean region. Her work embeds modern British history within the fields of comparative slavery and emancipation, and she is finishing a book about disaster politics and imperial governance in postemancipation Jamaica. She occasionally comments—usually on Twitter—about the state of higher education in the US and the UK. She is also a 2020 AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker.
Chritienna Fryar, “The Narrative of Ann Pratt: Life-Writing, Genre and Bureaucracy in a Postemancipation Scandal,” History Workshop Journal 85 (Spring 2018): 265-279.
Chritienna Fryar, “The Work of Disappointment,” critical essay on Yarimar Bonilla, Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015) in Small Axe 21, no. 2 (July 2017): 193-200.
Chritienna Fryar, “Imperfect Models: The Kingston Lunatic Asylum Scandal and the Problem of Postemancipation Imperialism,” Journal of British Studies 55, no. 4 (Oct. 2016): 709-727.
Chritienna Fryar, “The Moral Politics of Cholera in Postemancipation Jamaica,” Slavery & Abolition 34, no. 4 (2013): 598-618.
Chritienna Fryar, “Decolonising History: Enquiry and Practice,” conversation roundtable piece with Amanda Behm, Emma Hunter, Elisabeth Leake, Su Lin Lewis, and Sarah Miller-Davenport, History Workshop Journal 89 (Spring 2020): 169-191
Interviews, recordings, and post-production by edna bonhomme Assistance by Kristyna Comer
Music by NALALIONGIRL (442612, Attribution License, Creative Commons) and X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons)
What do migrants living in Berlin think about the novel coronavirus pandemic?
Angela Merkel declared that up to 70% of Germany could be infected by COVID-19, leading to nationwide public health measures and the closure of the borders. For migrants living in Berlin, COVID-19 is raising questions about the health conditions of loved ones living abroad, as well as the rise of draconian measures that are linked with increased surveillance internationally. During this episode, edna bonhomme speaks with two anticolonial migrants based in Berlin. First, she talks with Mugo Muna, a Kenyan American data analyst and organiser with Berlin’s inaugural Anti-Colonial month, who discusses the impact on the virus in Kenya, the United States, and Berlin. Then, she spoke with Jennifer Kamau, a Kenyan co-founder of International Womxn* Space, about the ways refugees are navigating through the pandemic in Germany and the importance of solidarity.
Mugo Muna is a Kenyan American data analyst by day and a 2D animator by night. He is one of many key activists who helped to organise Berlin’s inaugural Anti-Colonial Month in 2019. He has given talks on the relationship between surveillance and colonialism.
Jennifer Kamau is a co-founder of International Women Space (IWS), an anti-racist feminist group consisting of refugee migrant women as well as women without this experience. The group was formed during the occupation of Oranienplatz (a square in Berlin’s district of Kreuzberg) and the Gehart-Hauptmann School in Berlin-Kreuzberg. IWS fosters solidarity and cooperation among migrant women, publishes books and organises campaigns, protests and conferences on the topics of seeking asylum and migrant women’s struggles. In 2017, IWS organised “Als ich nach Deutschland Kam” (“When I came to Germany“), a two-day conference in Berlin. During the conference, different women shared their experience in six panel discussions: women who came to West Germany as guest-workers; women who came to East Germany as contract workers; women who came as migrants and refugees to reunified Germany as well as women who are affected by racism.
Ngoc Bui is a Vietnamese-American currently studying social work and human rights in Berlin.
As we find ourselves working through the current mass media frenzy, we turn to the not so recent past. Season 2 of this podcast begins with a conversation between edna bonhomme and Sara Salem, where they discuss the emergence of British imperialism in Egypt and how it led to the Egyptian revolution in 1952. They ask: What do Arab and Black Marxists have to say about colonialism and what influence did the African independence struggles of the 1950s and 1960s have on the Black Radical tradition? edna and Sara try to answer these questions by meditating on the afterlives of anti-colonialism. They start with the nineteenth century and slowly move to the Arab uprisings of 2010-2011. What they find is that these histories are not neat. There are periods of betrayal, exploitation, and loss. In light of former Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in 2011 and his death in 2020, they try to think about the ways that we create our own histories everyday.
DR. SARA SALEM
Sara Salem is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the London School of Economics. Sara’s research interests include political sociology, postcolonial studies, Marxist theory, and global histories of empire. She has recently published articles on Angela Davis in Egypt in the journal Signs; on Frantz Fanon and Egypt’s postcolonial state in Interventions: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies and on Nasserism in Egypt through the lens of haunting in Middle East Critique. Her forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press is entitled Anticolonial Afterlives in Egypt: The Politics of Hegemony.