S2E1: The Afterlives of Revolution

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.


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.


Anticolonial Afterlives in Egypt: The Politics of Hegemony
Twitter: @saramsalem
Instagram: radical_reading
Blog: https://saramsalem.wordpress.com/


Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son. London: Penguin, (1955) 2018.

Baldwin, James. 1965. Excerpt from the debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr.

Davis, Angela. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Chicago: Haymarket Press, 2016.

Rao, Rahul. “Recovering Reparative Readings of Postcolonialism and Marxism.” Critical Sociology 43, no. 4–5 (July 2017): 587–598. doi:10.1177/0896920516630798.


Interview and editing by edna bonhomme
Assistance by Kristyna Comer
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S1E9: Beyond Survival: The (Post)colonial Comedian

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 Berlin-based recent 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 is about the exportation of the hyper-rationality of European thinking to the Global South. Presenting the voices of feminist, decolonial, and marginalized 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 comedy scene and produces two shows – a femmes open mic Shows before Bros (every third Wednesday of the month) and a women of color showcase WOKE PANTIES.

Kate Cheka Standup.

For upcoming shows https://www.facebook.com/katecheka


Audre Lorde, The Uses of Anger


Interview by edna bonhomme

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