In this episode, edna bonhomme interviews Hiba Ali and they discuss COVID-19, multimedia performance art, surveillance, global shipping, Amazon, and modes of healing.
Hiba Ali is a digital artist, educator, scholar, DJ, experimental music producer and curator based across Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, and Toronto, ON. Her performances and videos concern surveillance, womxn of colour, and labour. She conducts reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source technology. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University, Kingston, Canada. She has presented her work in Chicago, Stockholm, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, São Paulo, Detroit, Dubai, Austin, Vancouver, and Portland. She has written for THE SEEN Magazine, Newcity Chicago, Art Dubai, The State, VAM Magazine, ZORA: Medium, RTV Magazine, and Topical Cream Magazine.
Simone White, Of Being Dispersed
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women and Queer Radicals, Saidiya Hartman
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 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)
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.
Kate Cheka and edna bonhomme discuss the anti-colonial dimensions of laughter.
In this episode, Berlin-based comedian, Kate Cheka discusses the Enlightenment, (post)coloniality, and the power of protest. In addition to talking about her work in comedy and the radical potential of joy and community building comedy can create, Kate also shares her scholarly research from her master’s thesis which centered around decolonial critiques of the Enlightenment. After studying in New Delhi and Buenos Aires, Kate also talks about how traveling to formerly colonized cities gave her an expanded understanding of ongoing forms of coloniality as well as the ways in which the classroom continues to be a colonial space.
Kate Cheka is a (usually) Berlin-based graduate in MA Global Studies at the Humboldt University. Her thesis entitled “The Threat of European, Enlightenment Thinking in (Post)colonial Spaces” was inspired by her time at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. It deals in the exportation the hyper-rationality of European thinking to the Global South. Presenting the voices of feminist, decolonial, and marginalised theorists, it argues that the solutions to our present crises already exist but are often overlooked by Western hegemony. She is also a regular on the Berlin English-language comedy scene and hosts a podcast Love in the Time Of on THF Radio Berlin.