Newsletter August 2016

Decolonial International Network
August 2016. Editor Sandew Hira: sandew.hira@iisr.nl
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Decolonial Theory
Houria Bouteldja on racism and women’s oppression
Houria Bouteldja is leader of the Parti des Indigènes de la République (PIR) in France. Houria develops a decolonial concept on the relationship between racism and the oppression of women. In this article she explains: “I am a woman. Not just any woman. And I don’t owe solidarity to just any men. I am an indigenous person and I offer my solidarity to men who share that condition. Those from my community. And if I didn’t offer it, it would catch up with me and force itself on me whether I wanted it or not.”
Click here for her analysis.
Decolonial networks
Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN)
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni: “We needed to shift the geography of knowledge as well as the biography of knowledge”
“At UNISA just like in other universities located on the African continent (University in Africa rather than African Universities), we were accustomed to consume academic material from the West,” says Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni. He founded the Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN) at the University of South Africa (UNISA) to initiate a change.
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Red Rising: journal of the First Nation Youth in Canada
Kevin Settee: “The idea is to create a magazine that is unfiltered and able to tell a story about what is happening right now, and what is about to happen next.”
Kevin and Graig Settee from the Anishinaabe/Cree nation in Canada recounts how first nation people are regarded: “When they talk about us in Canada they use the four D’s: dead, drunk, drumming or dancing. But we are much more than this.”
So they decided to set up a journal to share the stories and experience from their side: Red Rising.
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Projects
Fighting the rise of the police state in Britain
Abed Choudhury (IHRC): “The cumulative effects of British legislation against terrorism has been the creation of a police state and an environment of hate”
For the last 15 years the British government has been engaged in a legislative programme to combat terrorism but which also includes ideological and physical opposition to its overseas interventions. The cumulative effect of these multiple legislations has been the creation of a police state and an environment of hate, explains Abed Choudhury of the Islamic Human Rights Commission in Britain.
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Analyzing Black Europe
Stephen Small: “The fundamental assumptions underlying the politics of race and immigration in Europe – with regard to Black people in particular and other people of color in general – are wrong”
Stephen Small, Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is currently finished a research project on Black Europe. The results will be published in the book series Decolonizing The Mind, titled 20 Questions and Answers on Black Europe. He describes the content of the book which is due to appear in December 2016.
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