Cultures and Discourses on the Edge
Edited By Salhia Ben-Messahel and Vanessa Castejon
The essays assembled in this volume explore the meaning of the term "postcolonial" through various theoretical perspectives and disciplinary fields of expertise. They address issues ranging from culture, politics and history to literature and the arts, with particular emphasis on colonialist discourses within a postmodern and globalised world. Identity-formation, cultural space, indigeneity, colonial perspectives and anti-colonial struggles suggest that former imperial (and often marginalized) colonies/territories operate as decentring spaces, becoming dynamic postcolonial centres. The consequences of colonial history in postcolonial environments in the Americas, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the South Pacific regions are being analysed. This shows that postcolonial subjectivities call for a reconceptualization of the nation as political agency. The essays interrogate the social and psychological effects of colonialism, the political subjugation and instrumentalisation of colonial pasts and the perception of the self through the colonizer’s eyes, that may still surface in discourse on identity and belonging. The "postcolonial" is then a floating concept in a global environment where some individuals still experience a neo-colonial condition while others dismiss the colonial past but may yet re-enact colonial practices. The volume shows that the extension of a colonial centre, often raised in postcolonial criticism, is synonymous with the decentring of identity, and that the re-conceptualization of a Diasporic condition initiates a new postcolonial moment based in translation and on a new modernity.
The Evolution of the Black Cultural Archives: 1981-2015 (Sharon Baptiste)
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The Evolution of the Black Cultural Archives: 1981-2015
Université Paris 13
In 1981 a group of eight African-Caribbean parents, activists, educationalists and historians founded the African People’s Historical Monument Foundation (APHMF), more commonly known today as The Black Cultural Archives (BCA). This non-profit making organisation aimed at setting up Britain’s first museum and archive dedicated to the African and African-Caribbean Diasporas. The museum and archive were to be based in Brixton1 because the vast majority of African-Caribbean colonial migrants who had arrived in Britain in the 1940s and 1950s from the former British West Indies had settled there, thus making it home to the first African-Caribbean community in the country.
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