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…

[MO* Column] Over vluchtelingencrisis, racisme en andere struikelwoorden

(Deze column verscheen eerder op MO*.be) Wie veelgebruikte woorden wikt en weegt, komt tot verrassende gesprekken en nieuwe terreinen voor actie, zegt Olivia Rutazibwa. Dan blijkt de vluchtelingencrisis geen crisis, maar de norm, een dagelijkse normaliteit die mensen systematisch naar de onderkant van de samenleving drijft, en daar houdt. Binnen en buiten Europa. Idem met…

[Radio Interview] #CharlestonSyllabus: Boekenlijst der verdraagzaamheid.

source: Bar du Matin op Radio1.be, link to interview: http://www.radio1.be/node/404514?seek=0&popup “De boekenlijst der verdraagzaamheid” (?) “Docent, onderzoekster en journaliste Olivia Rutazibwa over boeken die ons kunnen inspireren tot verdraagzaamheid.” In de wereldwijde schok na de laffe moordaanslag in Charleston, vorige week, ontstaan ook zeer interessante initiatieven. Zo is er een Amerikaanse professor die via de…

Studying Agaciro: Moving Beyond Wilsonian Interventionist Knowledge Production on Rwanda

My new article in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding just came out yesterday. All comments most welcome! http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/rMFXekBWVr4ay9mtuW8x/full Abstract “Twenty years after the end of the Rwandan genocide, knowledge production on the small country of a thousand hills remains a clamorous battle ground of post- and decolonial power and influence. This essay critically engages…

[REBLOG] An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter

Originally posted on Black Space:
Black students and professors, Beaumont Tower, Michigan State University, December 6, 2014. photo by Darryl Quinton Evans ? We are Black professors. We are daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, and mothers. We’re writing to tell you we see you and hear you. We know…

Back to Basics: Decolonizing Democracy in Africa

Introduction Not dissimilar to the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ protests that spread across the Middle East and North Africa in early2011, at the beginning of the 1990s, sub-Saharan Africans came to the streets to protest against hardship. People had been facing the structural adjustment programmes promoted by the international financial institutions (IFIs) in the 1980s, the…

Naar een Dekolonisatie van de Westerse Geest [INTERVIEW]

(This TED speech was delivered on Sept 24th 2011 in the Flemish Opera of Antwerp, Belgium.) Naar een dekolonisatie van de Westerse geest Interview van Evelyne Verhaegen (Kifkif) op 21 februari 2013 In september 2011 riep Olivia Rutazibwa tijdens TEDX Flanders in de Antwerpse opera op tot de dekolonisatie van onze westerse geesten. De manier…

[IB Speech – TEXT] THE DECOLONIZATION OF OUR STORYTELLING

(Speech delivered at the International Baccalaureate (IB) Peterson Academic Symposium in The Hague, the Netherlands, July 5-6, 2012 for an international audience of educators and curriculum developers. http://www.ibo.org) Good morning everyone. It is a real pleasure to be here in this setting to reflect on what to teach young people and children, on what we…

Angela Davis on activism, prisons, Obama, Palestine,…[VIDEO]

Angela Davis in Brussels @ULB on May 14 2012 accepting her honourary doctorate and @ press conference in Hotel Metropole, Brussels on May 15 2012 speaking on: activism, prison industrial complex, gender, Palestine, racism, Occupy, Obama, civil rights movements, DSK, religious fundamentalism,… must watch! … on Obama … on the prison industrial complex 1  …