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S1E5: Economics, Expertise, and Revolution in Postcolonial Sudan

In this episode, edna bonhomme is in conversation with Dr. Alden Young, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at UCLA.

In this episode, edna bonhomme is in conversation with Dr. Alden Young, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at UCLA. Dr. Young traces the impact of multiple colonialisms in Sudan under the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and the British Empire. Critiquing reductive historiographies of the civil wars in Sudan and discussing recent protests in Khartoum and throughout Sudan, Dr. Young connects how petroleum, mining, and austerity measures under former President Omar al-Bashir and the IMF relate to the ongoing economic crisis as well as have led to extensive resistance against imperialist structures in Sudan, highlighting especially the activism and theoretical works by Sudanese womanists. Dr Young also addresses postcolonial Sudan, economic science, and planning by Sudanese experts.

DR. ALDEN YOUNG

photo:  Dan Komoda/Institute for Advanced Study

Alden Young is a political and economic historian of Africa. He is particularly interested in the ways in which Africans participated in the creation of the current international order. He is an assistant professor of African American Studies and a member of the International Institute, affiliated with the International Development Studies Program. In 2019–2020, Young will be a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Previously, he was an assistant professor in African History and the Director of the Africana Studies Program at Drexel University. His first book  Transforming Sudan: Decolonization, Economic Development, and State Formation was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2017. 

UCLA, Department of African American Studies
Transforming Sudan: Decolonization, Economic Development, and State Formation (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

CREDITS

Interview and post-production by edna bonhomme
Music by ispeakwaves (384935, Attribution License, Creative Commons), pryght one (27130, Sampling+ License), scotcampbell (263709, Creative Commons 0 License), X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons)

S1E4: Colonial Medicalization and Homosexuality in the Philippines

In this episode, Kristyna Comer is in conversation with Kiel Ramos Suarez, a PhD candidate in history at Linnaeus University. Kiel discusses her current research on the medicalization of homosexuality and the ongoing impact of Spanish and US colonial rule.

Image from Kiel’s Doctoral Student Project: The Making of the Filipino “Homosexual”

KIEL RAMOS SUAREZ
Kiel Ramos Suarez is an aspiring researcher specializing in history, gender, and sexuality studies in Southeast Asia. She holds a BA in History from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and an MA in Women’s and Gender History from the Central European University (CEU), Hungary and the University of Vienna, Austria. Kiel is currently a PhD student in History at Linnaeus University, Sweden in the Department of Cultural Sciences and the Center for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.

Linneaus University
Doctoral Student Project: The Making of the Filipino “Homosexual”
UP CIFAL Philippines, Institute for Training and Research

CREDITS

Interview and post-production by Kristyna Comer
Music by ispeakwaves (384935, Attribution License, Creative Commons), pryght one (27130, Sampling+ License), scotcampbell (263709, Creative Commons 0 License), X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons)

Special thanks to the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

S1E3: Leftism in Action: A History of Leftist People of Color

In this episode, edna bonhomme and Wendi Muse discuss the long history of leftists of color. Creator and co-host of the podcast Left POCket Project, Wendi explains how she uses the medium of podcasting to make the many histories of leftists of color from around the world accessible

Wendi Muse has created the Left POCket podcast as an interactive platform for co-reading, co-learning, and co-discussion. Rather than defining leftist movements by the language used, Wendi argues that leftist activism is a form of everyday engagement, putting leftism into action. She also shares her research on how the left in Brazil has been influenced by decolonizing movements in the former Portuguese colonies in Africa. In addition, she talks about her research on Afro-Latinx communities in Brazil and forms of white supremacy in Brazil, especially in the media, that actively construct Latinidad around whiteness rather than reflecting people of color who make up most of Brazil’s population. By looking to the histories of when power was successfully resisted, Wendi activates the past also as a source of hope for the future. 

Photograph screenshot from Left POCket podcast: https://soundcloud.com/leftpoc

Wendi Muse
Wendi Muse is a PhD Candidate in History at New York University. Her dissertation Exiles & Allies: Race, Resistance, and Radical Thought in Cold War Brazil and Portuguese Africa analyzes Portuguese Africa’s impact on the Brazilian left through intellectual and political exchange. In addition to her doctoral work, Wendi holds a Master’s in Latin American Studies, has lived and worked in Brazil, and has also conducted research regarding Afro-Brazilian political organizing throughout the 20th century. Wendi is also the creator of the Left POCket Project, which makes the histories of leftist movements led by and comprised of people of color more easily accessible to the public. You can find her on Twitter at @MuseWendi and follow the Left POCket Project by visiting @LeftPOC or follow #leftPOC.
The LeftPOC podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Spreaker, Spotify, and YouTube.

Mentioned in the discussion

Wendi’s interview on The Dig podcast (May 30, 2019)
“On the Imperative of Transnational Solidarity: A U.S. Black Feminist Statement on the Assassination of Marielle Franco” (March 23, 2018)

CREDITS

Interview and post-production by edna bonhomme
Blog post image from the Left POCket Project website
Music by pryght one (27130, Sampling+ License), X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons)
Logo by Nina Prader, Lady Liberty Press

Special thanks to the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

S1E2: A Topography of Decoloniality

In this episode, edna bonhomme interviewed Dr. Luiza Prado: artist, researcher, and writer. They discussed her artwork, Brazil, decoloniality, and futures.

In this episode, edna bonhomme interviewed Dr. Luiza Prado: artist, researcher, and writer. They discussed her artwork, Brazil, decoloniality, and futures.

Image and quote “Write the Name of Every Colonizer. Set on Fire. Use the Ashes As Fertilizer.” from Luiza Prado’s work, All Directions at Once (2018) and recited by Luiza at the beginning of the episode, https://www.luiza-prado.com/directions

Dr. Luiza Prado

Dr. Luiza Prado de O. Martinswork engages with material and visual culture through the lenses of decolonial and queer theories. In her doctoral dissertation, she examined technologies and practices of birth control and their entanglements with colonial hierarchies of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and nationality, offering the idea of “technoecologies of birth control” as a framework for observing and intervening in biopolitical articulations emerging around practices of birth control. She also holds an MA in Digital Media from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen.

Her current artistic research project, titled “A Topography of Excesses,” starts from a call to re-appropriate the perception of excess attributed to gendered and racialized bodies through the modern/colonial gender system. Through installation, sculpture, net-art, video, and text, the project looks into the transmission of Indigenous and folk knowledges about herbal birth control as decolonizing practices of radical care that allow communities to forge new paths by accessing the poetic dimensions of the pluriversal.

She is part of the design education duo A Parede and a founding member of Decolonising Design. You can also find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Academia.

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CREDITS

Interview and post-production by edna bonhomme
Music by ispeakwaves (384935 and 439877, Attribution License, Creative Commons), pryght one (27130, Sampling+ License), scotcampbell (263709, Creative Commons 0 License), X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons)
Logo by Nina Prader, Lady Liberty Press

S1E1, Part 2: Decolonizing Berlin

In Part 2, we continue the conversation on coloniality in Berlin with Dr. Noa Ha and Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim to interrogate how decolonization is currently being understood within Berlin institutions. We also discuss our guests’ own positionalities within academia, museums, and political organizations, as well as the decolonial and anti-colonial methodologies they employ in their work and activism.

“When metaphor invades decolonization, it kills the very possibility of decolonization; it recenters whitness, it resettles theory, it extends innocence to the settler, it entertains a settler future.”

Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang
“Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor,” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society, 1 (1) (2012): 1–40.

Episode 1, Part 2: Decolonizing Berlin


In Part 2, we continue the conversation on coloniality in Berlin with Dr. Noa Ha and Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim to interrogate how decolonization is currently being understood within Berlin institutions.  We also discuss our guests’ own positionalities  within academia, museums, and political organizations, as well as the decolonial and anti-colonial methodologies they employ in their work and activism.

Photograph taken by edna bonhomme

Dr. Noa Ha
Born in West-Germany and child of an Indo-Dutch-German family, Noa Ha has directed the Center for Integration Research at the TU Dresden since 2018. After her formation as landscape gardener, she studied landscape planning at TU Berlin and did her doctorate in architecture on the topic of informality and racism exemplified by street vending in Berlin. She taught and researched in the areas of historical urbanism, urban sociology and the sociology of space at TU Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies, and the Humboldt-Universität. Her research investigates processes of urban production from decolonial, critical race theory, feminist and queer theory perspective. She’s a founding member of the “Critical Race, Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies Association” and was active in several organizations such as Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg e.V., of korientation e.V. (an Asian German network) and of Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA).

Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim

Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim is Junior Professor for Socio-Cultural Anthropology in a joint appointment between the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Department for European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a researcher at CARMAH since 2017. Her interdisciplinary research combines the sociology and the anthropology of science and focuses on problematizing data practices and data infrastructures in biodiversity discovery and natural history collections. She heads the interdisciplinary research centre Humanities of Nature at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, which examines the politics of nature past and present. She also runs the experimental research unit Bureau for Troubles in which she collaborates with artists and curators. Her writings have appeared in Science as CultureBig Data & Society and the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Her most recent exhibitions include The Influencing Machine (neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin 2018-19) and Dead wasps fly further (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, 2015).

Organizations and projects mentioned in this episode

CREDITS

Interviewed by edna bonhomme, Kristyna Comer, and Marianna Szczygielska, April and May 2019
Recordings by edna bonhomme, Kristyna Comer, and Marianna Szczygielska
Post-production by Kristyna Comer
Music by ispeakwaves (384935 and 439877, Attribution License, Creative Commons), pryght one (27130, Sampling+ License), scotcampbell (263709, Creative Commons 0 License), X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons)
Logo by Nina Prader, Lady Liberty Press
Photo by edna bonhomme

Special thanks to Gina Grzimek, Stephanie Hood, Anja Krieger, Dr. Lisa Onaga, Nina Prader, Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer, Karin Weninger, and Dr. Danyang Zhang.

S1E1, Part 1: Decolonizing Berlin

In part 1 of the inaugural episode, we invited Dr. Noa Ha and Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim to discuss the relationship between German colonial history and Berlin—the metropole of that colonial past. We focus on Berlin’s street names and the Natural History Museum as spaces of remembrance and resistance. In this episode we ask ourselves, in what ways does colonialism continue to shape Berlin institutions and the city of Berlin itself?

“The decolonization of buildings and of public spaces is inseparable from the democratization of access.”

Achille Mbembe
“Decolonizing Knowledge and the Question of the Archive.” In Africa is a Country, 2015 (ebook).

Episode 1, Part 1: Decolonizing Berlin


In part 1 of this inaugural episode, we invited Dr. Noa Ha and Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim to discuss the relationship between German colonial history and Berlin—the metropole of that colonial past. We focus on Berlin’s street names and the Natural History Museum as spaces of remembrance and resistance. In this episode we ask ourselves, in what ways does colonialism continue to shape Berlin institutions and the city of Berlin itself?

Photograph taken by edna bonhomme

Dr. Noa Ha
Born in West-Germany and child of an Indo-Dutch-German family, Noa Ha has directed the Center for Integration Research at the TU Dresden since 2018. After her formation as landscape gardener, she studied landscape planning at TU Berlin and did her doctorate in architecture on the topic of informality and racism exemplified by street vending in Berlin. She taught and researched in the areas of historical urbanism, urban sociology and the sociology of space at TU Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies, and the Humboldt-Universität. Her research investigates processes of urban production from decolonial, critical race theory, feminist and queer theory perspective. She’s a founding member of the “Critical Race, Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies Association” and was active in several organizations such as Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg e.V., of korientation e.V. (an Asian German network) and of Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA).

TU Dresden
herstorycity

Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim

Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim is Junior Professor for Socio-Cultural Anthropology in a joint appointment between the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Department for European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a researcher at CARMAH since 2017. Her interdisciplinary research combines the sociology and the anthropology of science and focuses on problematizing data practices and data infrastructures in biodiversity discovery and natural history collections. She heads the interdisciplinary research centre Humanities of Nature at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, which examines the politics of nature past and present. She also runs the experimental research unit Bureau for Troubles in which she collaborates with artists and curators. Her writings have appeared in Science as CultureBig Data & Society and the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Her most recent exhibitions include The Influencing Machine (neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin 2018-19) and Dead wasps fly further (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, 2015).

Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

Organizations and projects mentioned in this episode

CREDITS

Interviewed by edna bonhomme, Kristyna Comer, and Marianna Szczygielska, April and May 2019
Recordings by edna bonhomme, Kristyna Comer, and Marianna Szczygielska
Editing and post-production by edna bonhomme
Music by ispeakwaves (384935, Attribution License), X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons), pryght one (27130, Sampling+ License, Creative Commons), EHR (33987, Attribution License, Creative Commons), scotcampbell (263709, Creative Commons 0 License)
Logo by Nina Prader, Lady Liberty Press
Photo by Kristyna Comer

Special thanks to Gina Grzimek, Stephanie Hood, Anja Krieger, Nina Prader, Dr. Lisa Onaga, Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer, Karin Weninger, and Dr. Danyang Zhang.