IR Should Abandon the Notion of Aid, and Address Racism and Reparations.

3 July 2020 – Foreign Policy – I contributed to a collective analysis piece titled: Why is Mainstream IR blind to Racism? with the brilliant minds of BY GURMINDER K. BHAMBRA, YOLANDE BOUKA, RANDOLPH B. PERSAUD, VINEET THAKUR, DUNCAN BELL, KAREN SMITH, TONI HAASTRUP, SEIFUDEIN ADEM  “Worldwide protests against police racism and brutality and the toppling…

[video] On the Ruins of Epistemicide

Decolonising Westernised Solidarity through Epistemic Blackness (JIAS Seminar) In Februari 2020 I embarked on a stimulating Writing Fellowship at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Studies (JIAS) in Johannesburg, South Africa. On 18 March 2020 I got the chance to present my work in progress – a monograph for the special book series Kilombo, of Rowman…

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…

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…

Migration and the Need to Decolonize (Hegemonic Thought)

(This short piece was written in the Summer of 2016 for the Global Dialogues publication of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg, Germany during my visiting Fellowship there. You find the full publication here.) Looking at the world from and in Europe today, the old continent seems to be grappling with…

(VIDEO) On Ethical Retreat and Humanitarian Crisis

speech and debate at the “Humanitarian Changes, Humanitarian Challenges and the Protection of Civilians”seminar organised by NUPI, Oslo on April 27th, 2016 with Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Senior researcher at PRIO and the Director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies; Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and a Research Professor at…