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…

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] 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] 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…