Dal Sudafrica, il nuovo volume di Pier Paolo Frassinelli

Borders, Media Crossings and the Politics of Translation: The Gaze from Southern Africa, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover


CfP “Pre-fixing the Colonial: Theory and Practice”

Editors: Marta Cariello, Luigi Cazzato and Luisa Pèrcopo


Prefixes have always been cause for controversy when it comes to colonialism. On one hand, the “post” in “postcolonial” has famously sparked debate about temporalities and epistemology; on the other, a growing school of thought claims that turning to the term “decolonial” would disambiguate the content and reach deeper into the power relations at play.

     Postcolonial theory is often considered as reaching back to Edward Said’s pioneering critical work while decolonial theory is a critical disposition that started with the works of Anibal Quijano and Enrique Dussel. Postcolonial studies was born within the nexus connecting the Subaltern Studies Group in India with Anglo America (Said-Spivak-Bhabha), while the “decolonial option” was born thanks to the Latin American Subaltern Studies Group scholars in the USA. These (albeit most likely unfixed) points of origin explain the different stress placed on Western colonial history. If, within postcolonial thinking, colonial history mainly starts sometime between the 17th and the 18th centuries, when Orientalism was initially born as a discipline – though, for example, Paul Gilroy, Arjun Appadurai and Janet Abu-Lughod speak of much wider temporalities – for decolonial thinkers, that history starts with the conquest of the “New World” and, as Quijano puts it, the rise of the “coloniality of power”. The choice of point of origin is crucial because it highlights the historical moment when modern European identity emerged and constructed the Other of Europe.

     However, the dividing lines between postcolonial and decolonial theories/thinking are quite blurry and overlapping, and this in itself is an issue for debates. For instance Dipesh Chakrabarty proposes a frame to decolonise world knowledge from a Eurocentric perspective, Walter Mignolo to delink from it and search not for a new paradigm but for an alternative one: un pensamiento otro. How does the common ground between both epistemological fields interrogate us? How can we articulate another thinking entirely, pre-fixed, post-fixed, but certainly not fixed?

     We invite scholars from the fields of postcolonial and decolonial thought, literary and cultural studies, visual and performing/ance arts, history, gender studies, diaspora studies, media studies, critical race theory, and all related and transdisciplinary areas, to join in the conversation and submit an abstract.

Proposals may deal with the following (or further related) topics:

⎯ postcolonial and decolonial genealogies

⎯ decolonizing theory and language

⎯ decolonizing the academia

⎯ decolonizing the literary canon

⎯ the postcolonial/decolonial public intellectual

⎯ art as critical language overcoming theory (and prefixes)

⎯ colonial and imperial difference

⎯ colonial discursive formations

⎯ coloniality and (new) media studies

⎯ coloniality and race/class/gender/religion

⎯ coloniality and migrations

⎯ coloniality and human rights.


Deadline for abstracts: 30 September 2019

Deadline for completed articles: 31 December 2019

Marta Cariello: marta.cariello@unicampania.it

Luigi Cazzato: luigicarmine.cazzato@uniba.it

Luisa Pèrcopo: percopol1@cardiff.ac.uk

CC: anglistica@unior.it

Palestina: Riceviamo e diffondiamo da Mazin Qumsiyeh

Remains of a building in Gaza City after it was hit during Israeli air strikes, Gaza Strip, May 5, 2019. AFP

In the past 24 hours Israeli forces relentlessly bombed Gaza destroying many buildings and murdering 7 Palestinians including a mother Faslateen (Palestine in Arabic), her unborn male child Abdullah and her 14 month old baby Saba (lit yearning or aspiration). Palestinian resistance usedhome-made missiles targeting Israeli colonies (ex-Palestinian communities/ethnically cleansed areas) which killed one Israeli settler. The western media as usually made the indigenous victims look like aggressors. Eurovision will promote the opperessors. But even official Arab media (including Palestinain authority) decided to marginalize the ongoing siege, blockade, and massacre of the two million hapless Palestinians and speak of irrelevant news.  Oppressers know that information is power. That is why there is a war on people like Jamal Kashogji and Julian Assange.

That is why we do not hear much about the genocide in Yemen and we get a really distorted view of what is happening in places like Palestine or Yemen or Venezuela (a US- led attempted coup like happened in Iran in the 1950s or Chile in the 1970s to install corporate friendly dictators).  Last night thinking about this I had to remind myself that WE MUST keep building even as colonialists continue to destroy. I had to remind myself of my own speech at last week’s opening of our new Cultural Heritage exhibit


Below is what I said about things we should be ashamed of and things we should be proud of. “We must be ashamed of some things and proud of others” Speech by Prof.. Qumsiyeh at the opening ceremony.

We are ashamed that our heritage is being lost. Villagers even forget how their parents and grandparents lived off the land. We must be ashamed that so many people do not even know what our culture encompasses: tangible heritage & intangible like music art proverbs language thoughts and much more. We must be ashamed that young people do not even know what the lentil or wheat plant looks like. We must be ashamed that young people turn to drugs.

They internalize an inferiority complex

The people depend obey orders of occupiers

Mental colonization

We must be ashamed that young people spend more time on facebook looking to get a like than talking to their grandparents or even communicating socially. We must be ashamed that older people sometimes discourage the young from being revolutionary. Our schools and universities teach regurgitation. They do not teach or I should say coach critical thinking, questioning attitude or how to fish for real information.

Why most people do not know that our local words are filled with arameic, the language of jesus, let alone how to change your circumstances.

Why do we not spend time growing our own food, proverbs that go to our canaanitic ancestors why do we not know that our language is full of Aramaic word

نبش نكش نتع سكَر عتيق قرمة شوب تنورة شروال عيب  جب بعل ناطور مرتي فلان

درابزون إلو  بكير – بكرا برا / براني  جوا / جواني دقن / ذقن  زريعة وحاكورة


We could spend hours listing all the things we should be ashamed of. But we here offer solutions & Pride in accomplishments. We are proud of building institutions like this Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability. The only center that does real scientific research on these things. Student led research on our nature, our heritage, our people. A natural history museum, a beautiful garden, a community garden, and we are working on a playground Research center, environmental education and awareness unit

Proud of the thousands of internatrional and local visitors who came here in the past two years (we opened the museum april 2017) and hopefully hundreds of thousands who will come in the next few years after we open a green building.

Now I want to tell you of people we are proud of and I want to ask you to stand up when I mention you.

We are proud of researchers like Mohammad Abusarhan, Elias Handal, Aysha Al-Wahsh, Ruba Anabtawi, Reena Saeed, Ahmed AlOmary, Manal Adawi, Ibrahim Mashaala, Bassam Almohr, Ameer Sbaihat, and dozens of others who do research with us.

Please stand up and keep standing.

We are proud of Jessie who volunteered here for five years seven days a week and for all our volunteers local and international.

We are proud of many of you locally and globally who donated money or items in kind or sent us encouragement.

We are proud of our university and all its staff who helped us.

We are proud of partners like the British Counvil, Masar Ibrahim, civic society organizations, the Environmental Quality Authority, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of tourism, the Ministry of Agriculture, We are happy you joined us to support us so the few remaining seated stand up.

Now everyone give yourself an applause.

You – WE all deserve to be proud of our selves, our team spirit and of our Palestine.

Stay Human and come visit us in Palestine

Mazin Qumsiyeh

A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home

Professor, Founder, and (volunteer) Director

Palestine Museum of Natural History

Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability

Bethlehem University

Occupied Palestine



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S/Murare il Mediterraneo aderisce all’appello

Risultati immagini per il manifesto

In piazza il 27 ottobre, con i migranti per fermare la barbarie

In Italia e in Europa risuonano forti campanelli di allarme. I princìpi di civiltà e di convivenza democratica sono tornati a essere bersagli di chi vuole dividere, reprimere, escludere, cacciare.
Razzismo e xenofobia vengono ogni giorno instillati tra gli italiani del Nord e quelli del Sud, e si diffondono nelle città e nelle periferie sociali.
Ma se prima si trattava soltanto di segnali universalmente considerati negativi, adesso i sintomi sono rappresentativi di un’involuzione profonda. E fanno paura.

A fronte di un cambiamento così preoccupante, è necessario intensificare ed estendere la risposta di popolo contro le violenze, i soprusi, le prepotenze che scendono dall’alto come una nera cappa che copre il nostro Paese. Una risposta in nome dei diritti, del rispetto, del senso di umanità che non possiamo e non dobbiamo smarrire.

I PRIMI SEGNALI di un’alternativa sono arrivati con la reazione all’attacco a Riace e al suo sindaco Mimmo Lucano e con la straordinaria sottoscrizione per permettere l’accesso alla mensa e ai servizi di trasporto, ai bambini figli di cittadini stranieri, negati da un’ordinanza dalla Sindaca di Lodi. Così come con la grande risposta delle magliette rosse, con la manifestazione a Catania per pretendere lo sbarco e il soccorso dalla nave Diciotti, con la straordinaria partecipazione alla marcia della pace Perugia-Assisi e il grande consenso che sta raccogliendo il progetto Mediterranea.

DA PIÙ PARTI viene la richiesta di una battaglia di civiltà, in difesa della democrazia costituzionale. E contro le diseguaglianze, contro le povertà, sociali e culturali che i ministri dell’odio manipolano, strumentalizzando il disagio e la sofferenza che coinvolgono milioni di italiani, per rivolgere la rabbia nei confronti delle persone più deboli dei nostri tempi: i migranti.
A questa gente, a milioni di donne, uomini, bambini viene negato qualsiasi diritto. È un’umanità che fugge da fame, povertà, guerre, terrore. Di questo immenso popolo, una piccola parte vorrebbe venire in Italia, anche solo per attraversarla. Lo vorrebbe fare rivolgendosi agli Stati, legalmente e senza rischiare la vita. Ma leggi e politiche sempre più proibizioniste e liberticide producono morte e sofferenza e alimentano la criminalità e le mafie.

IN ITALIA soffia un vento furioso di propaganda e, peggio, di violenza. Il limite della intolleranza si traduce in forme di aggressione e regressione sempre più gravi. I migranti diventano ostaggi, nemici, gente pericolosa. Insultati, picchiati, feriti da armi da fuoco, concentrati in centri invivibili. Adulti, minori, donne sole, bambini trovano in Italia un’ostilità crescente. E come se non bastassero il blocco delle navi e il boicottaggio delle Ong, il governo approva un decreto che, se accolto dal Parlamento, metterebbe ancora più a rischio la loro vita.
Un Decreto che punta a demolire il diritto d’asilo, a consegnare ai privati l’accoglienza puntando sui grandi centri che alimentano corruzione e razzismo, scaricando sui territori costi, disagio e tensione sociale.

EPPURE, nonostante le difficoltà politiche, nonostante i dubbi, nonostante le divisioni, tanti italiani sono disposti a fare argine al drammatico dilagare di comportamenti “cattivi”, che non avevamo ancora mai visto prima verso i più indifesi. Ma c’è di peggio, perché chi perseguita i deboli non se ne vergogna. Ostentando e stimolando odio.

A QUESTA VASTA area democratica, religiosa e laica, spetta il compito di tenere alta la bandiera della civiltà, della pace, della convivenza tra diversi, della democrazia. La chiesa di Papa Francesco interpreta con lucidità i tempi presenti. Il mondo cattolico, con le sue strutture e i suoi giornali, insieme alle tante associazioni sono già impegnati in aiuto dei migranti e in prima fila contro razzismo e xenofobia. Altrettanto il mondo laico: donne, uomini, giovani e meno giovani, compagne e compagni, preoccupati e convinti della necessità di dare un’ampia e forte risposta alla crescente barbarie.

È IL TEMPO di compiere un primo, grande, passo. Tutti insieme. E possiamo farlo manifestando il 27 ottobre 2018, non in una ma dieci, cento città.

Per adesioni: conimigranticontrolebarbarie@gmail.com

Hanno finora aderito

Actionaid, Aidos, Anpi, Antigone, Aoi, Arci, Arcs, Avvocato di strada, Baobab experience, Cefa, Centro Astalli, Cgil, Cipsi, Cittadinanzattiva, Cnca, Cocis, Comitati Dossetti per la costituzione, Concorditalia, Cospe, Dokita, Focsiv, Focus Casa dei diritti sociali, Forumsad, Gruppo Abele, Gus, il manifesto, Intersos, Januaforum, Legambiente, Libera, Link2007, Lunaria, Moltivolti, Osservatorio aids-diritti salute, Oxfam, Proactiva open arms, Rete degli studenti medi, Terres des Hommes, Statewatch, Uil, Udu, Uisp, Un Ponte per, Vim

E inoltre: Ginevra Bompiani, Luciana Castellina, don Luigi Ciotti, Raniero La Valle