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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Review of Libby Porter, Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning (Burlington: Ashgate, 2010), 192 pp.

October 23rd, 2011|

Stories are told, and retold, by victors. In Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning, Libby Porter challenges readers to consider how stories are understood, told and enacted in communities in ways that perpetuate colonial systems of privilege. Informed and legitimized by planning theory and practice, hegemonic relations between European settlers and indigenous peoples continue. Dr. Porter looks at Canada, the United States, and Aoteoroa—New Zealand and Australia—all former British colonies where indigenous people were dispossessed. She does so with an acknowledged standpoint, aiming for congruence between her personal and political project of unlearning colonial culture and her methodology.

Bassem Shahin, “Albert Cossery’s Revolutionary Poetics of a Poetics of Revolution.” Journal of Postcolonial Networks Vol. 1, Issue 2 (October 2011): 1-41.

October 22nd, 2011|

This essay will attempt to draw out the structural assumptions of the high-profile Egyptian revolution by revisiting a few short stories and novels by the Egyptian francophone novelist and philosopher of revolution, Albert Cossery. Writing between the late 1930s and the turn of the 21st century, Cossery offered a controversial reading of revolution, focusing his critical lens on his native Egypt. The Egyptian context of the 1930s and 40s informed his reading of revolution—Egypt remained under British jurisdiction; Arab and Egyptian Renaissance, and specifically Egyptian surrealism; the end of Turkish rule and the strategic location of Egypt during World War II.

Review of Marion Grau, Rethinking Mission in the Postcolony: Salvation, Society and Subversion (London and New York: T & T Clark International, 2011), ix+ 293 pp.

October 11th, 2011|

Grau’s approach to her subject matter is one of “circumambulation,” whereby she moves around case studies in the postcolony to discern both tensions and promises that accompany Christian missionary activities. Her circumambulation includes aspects of both space and time as she offers a myriad of contextual examples from postcolonies. For Grau, “the postcolony” does not correspond to the boundaries of nations-states as they are normally conceived.

Columbuscide Parade Protest: Stop Genocide, Racism and Imperialism

October 9th, 2011|

The following reflections describe the experience of the authors at the protest of a columbus day parade in Denver in 2007. The American Indian Movement of Colorado, in which author Mark Freeland is a member, has engaged in protest of this parade since the late 1980s in alliance with numerous progressive social change groups. 2007 marked the one-hundredth anniversary of the columbus day holiday, which originated in the state of Colorado. Author Julie Todd was among a number of students organized for the protest by Mark Freeland at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where they are both still doctoral students. Mark and Julie wrote these words in 2010. They used them as materials for a required course at the school called Identity, Power and Difference during one session of the course that deals with allyship and solidarity. The protest of the columbus day parade in Denver continues.

Welcome to the Journal of Postcolonial Networks!

October 2nd, 2011|

The Journal of Postcolonial Networks works to the highest standards of scholarly excellence enabled by open-access technologies and works with the sense of a social movement’s urgency to publish knowledge. Highest standards of scholarly excellence – Our journal board consists of leading scholars who are specialists in postcolonial theories and theologies. These board members review more than 90% of the papers submitted for peer review. Open-access technologies – Most open access journals use one of several software tools available for “free” download. Most of these platforms require a technical resource to adapt and to continue to integrate technical updates...