Since the rise of postcolonialism as a theoretical construct and field of study associated with decolonisation, new social movements have emerged, mostly as issue-oriented fronts and alliances. This panel will focus on movements, including Black Lives Matter, which has been fuelled by anti-black racism and structural inequalities rooted in slavery and capitalist systems. The Black Lives Matter movement (catalysed by the brutal killing of George Floyd in the USA,) has reverberated around the world, reviving old solidarities and triggering debates around taboo subjects such as caste-hierarchy in India, or anti-black racism in North Africa and the Middle East.
Meena Kandasamy is an anti-caste activist, poet, novelist and translator. Her writing aims to deconstruct trauma and violence, while spotlighting the militant resistance against caste, gender and ethnic oppressions.
Suraj Yengde is a research associate at the Department of African and African American Studies in Harvard University.
W. Giorgis, Elizabeth
Elizabeth W. Giorgis is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at The Africa Institute.