The corona pandemic blows the lid off the idea of Western superiority

Anticolonial Solidarity in times of Pest and Cholera [this op-ed was originally written in Dutch and published on March 23, 2020 by MO* Magazine here] Olivia U. Rutazibwa looks at the spread of the corona virus in Europe from a great distance as she is on a writing retreat at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced…

[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…

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…

[MO*Column] Radicale Vervreemding

Waarom pendelproblemen zwaarder wegen dan de afbraak van sociale zekerheid. (verscheen 27 januari 2016 op mo.be) Op 15 januari zou Martin Luther King (MLK) 87 kaarsjes hebben uitgeblazen. Het mocht niet zijn, maar de man is zoveel jaar later gelukkig nog niet vergeten. Zo hebben de Amerikanen elke tweede maandag van januari – zo dicht…

[MO*Column] Tussen Gisteren & Morgen #BeyondColonialAmnesia

(deze column verscheen op 28 december 2015 op mo.be) Ik gebruik niet vaak alle letters van een vloekwoord op Facebook, maar toen ik las dat Brussel zich opmaakte voor een viering van Leopold II op 17 december kon ik me niet inhouden. WTF?! En: ‘are you fucking kidding me?!?’. Ik kon er niet bij dat…

[MO* Column] Wat als…niet elk mensenleven evenveel waard is?

(Dit artikel verscheen eerder op MO*.be) Als de afgelopen maanden van spectaculair en onophoudelijk geweld al iets glashelder hebben gemaakt, is het wel dat niet elk leven even veel waard is, stelt Olivia Rutazibwa in haar column. Toen ik op 13 november het nieuws vernam over de aanslagen in Parijs, legde ik niet meteen de link, analytisch noch emotioneel, met…