[Video] Interview Zwijgen is Geen Optie

In September 2019 I was blessed to sit down with Anthony Bosschem and Tom Mahy from Zwijgen is geen optie (‘Not speaking up is not an option’) – I forgot how gratifying it is to sit across from people who actually want to change the world and are interested in whatever you might have to contribute…

E-IR Black History Month Interviews

28 October 2019 — To celebrate Black History Month e-IR.info asked several scholars about race and IR: Do you think the discipline of IR has made important strides to equally incorporate the research, ideas and histories of People of Colour, both conceptually and institutionally? What could be done better? Below is the interview edited by…

On Babies and Bathwater – full TEXT

On December 7th 2017 I gave a Sussex Development Lecture in which I offer a conversation between personal experiences, reflections and decolonial scholarship to reflect on the fundamental, practical, institutional and epistemological implications of recognising the coloniality in the international development project. When we seek to part with the coloniality but not with the desire…

Understanding epistemic diversity // decoloniality as research strategy

[text based on a talk at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, NL, originally published on July 4th 2018 on their blog] How do we make sure that our efforts to diversify knowledge production go beyond a window-dressing/Benetton operation? How can we move beyond merely adding some colour and other markers of ‘diversity’…

[Video] On Babies and Bathwater: Decolonising Development Studies

In this Sussex Development Lecture (7 December 2017), I offer a conversation between personal experiences, reflections and decolonial scholarship to reflect on the fundamental, practical, institutional and epistemological implications of recognising the coloniality in the international development project. When we seek to part with the coloniality but not with the desire and imperative of global…

(Radio) Touché – te gast bij Friedl’ Lesage [Dutch]

Op 17 december 2017 was ik te gast bij Friedl’ Lesage in het radio 1 programma Touché. Happy memories. Killer soundtrack 😀 herbeluister hier Anthony Hamilton- Ain’t nobody worryin’ Stevie Wonder- Free Bob Marley – Redemption Song Nusrat fateh ali Khan & Eddie Vedder – The Face Of Love uit Soundtrack Dead Man Walking Lauryn…

Letter from my student. Why #DecolonisingEducation matters.

This is a letter I received from one of my graduating undergrad students in International Development Studies this July 21, 2017 at the University of Portsmouth. However deeply flattering (as well as resonating so much with my own journey) these words are to me personally, this ain’t no bragging exercise. I share my student’s words…

Cape Coast Castle

Originally posted on Robbie Shilliam:
All the stone on the castle is painted white in the Cape Coast sun. When you re-emerge from the dungeon, even after only 5 minutes down there, the world will blind you. The dungeon is composed of three or so chambers. The large one –around 7 by 15 metres –…

Het bruingemaakte vrouwenlijf: intiem kruispunt van geweld

(This essay was first published online on March 1st 2017 on MO*.be and written for the Spring print edition of MO* Magazine.) Er is een bijna obsessionele aandacht voor “de bevrijding van moslimvrouwen” in Europa, maar tegelijk lijkt men vaak niet geïnteresseerd in de vraag of al die aandacht islamitische en gekleurde vrouwen echt vooruithelpt….