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.

Season 1 Episode 2: 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