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Margaret Robinson

About Margaret Robinson

A Mi'kmaq and a queer feminist scholar based in Toronto, I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1973. I was raised in Sheet Harbour, a small village (pop. 820) on the coast, 120km east of Halifax. For many of those years we lived without running water or plumbing. My parents were writers who encouraged reading and creativity. I am a member of Generation X, and a third wave feminist. The year I turned sixteen also saw the fall of the Berlin Wall, the crash of the Exxon Valdez, tanks rolling over students in Tienanmen Square, and the Montreal Massacre. My first sexual education class included a discussion about AIDS. The year I came out as bisexual the World Health Organization removed “homosexual” from their list of diseases, Nelson Mandela was freed from prison, and the world wide web was invented. I can't take credit for any of that. I currently live in Toronto, at the corner of Chinatown and Kensington Market, with my partner. We have two cats named Archie and Nero. In my spare time I write, paint, sew my own clothes, and try to change the world.

Rhoda Zuk on Yatta Kanu’s Curriculum As Cultural Practice.

December 31st, 2012|

This collection of essays was reprinted three years after its original publication in 2006. It is easy to see why: the book is an eminently useful introduction to postcolonial theory and its possible applications to the practice of teaching. Texts central to postcolonial theory are elaborated upon through descriptions of diverse teaching practices in a range of disciplines. Having said this, some contributions are overly general, asserting rather than demonstrating the urgent need for teachers to shape their work in accordance with postcolonial insights. This review highlights five essays that are painstakingly researched and argued and that offer a careful and exciting education in the field of postcolonial theory and teaching.

Annie Tinsley on Jane Lydon & Uzma Z. Rizvi’s Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology (Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, Inc. 2010).

December 22nd, 2012|

"Studies in postcolonialism serve as the impetus for the formation of Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology. Against the grain of traditional handbooks this book is presented as short chapters offering new ways of thinking."

Jørgen Skov Sørensen asks, Is there a postcolonial mission without a postcolonial theology…?

December 5th, 2012|

Is there a postcolonial mission without a postcolonial theology…?
Dana L. Robert. Christian Mission: How Christianity became a World Religion. Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion Series. Malden and Oxford:Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
Ogbu U. Kalu, Peter Vethanayagamony and Edmund Kee-Fook Chia (eds.). Mission after Christendom: Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.
Marion Grau. Rethinking Mission […]

Erickson on Three Recent Releases by Hiddleston, Srivastava & Bhattacharya, and Morris.

November 26th, 2012|

Jane Hiddleston. Poststructuralism and Postcoloniality: The Anxiety of Theory. Liverpool University Press, 2010. p. 207.
Neelam Srivastava and Baidik Bhattacharya (Ed.). The Postcolonial Gramsci. New York: Routledge, 2012. p. 253.
Rosalind Morris (Ed). Can the Subaltern Speak?: Reflections on the History of an Idea. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. p. 318.
Reviewer: Jacob J. Erickson, […]

Gerard Loughlin on Lisa Isherwood and Mark D. Jordan’s Dancing Theology in Fetish Boots: Essays in Honour of Marcella Althaus-Reid

November 11th, 2012|

Lisa Isherwood and Mark D. Jordan (eds), Dancing Theology in Fetish Boots: Essays in Honour of Marcella Althaus-Reid (London: SCM Press, 2010), pp. 281. 
Reviewer: Gerard Loughlin, gerard.loughlin@durham.ac.uk
It is hard to imagine that those who met her forgot their meeting with Marcella Althaus-Reid (1952-2009), the author of Indecent Theology (2000) and The Queer God (2003). Though […]

Daan Manojlovic’s review of Aydemir, Murat, (Ed). Indiscretions: At the Intersection of Queer and Postcolonial Theory.

October 27th, 2012|

"Ferguson argues that ideologies such as Marxism and revolutionary nationalism tend to base their analyses of inequality on privileging one axis of oppression . . . "

Review of Jessica Langer’s Postcolonialism And Science Fiction. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011.

October 14th, 2012|

Langer, Jessica. Postcolonialism And Science Fiction. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011. 1x +188pp.
Reviewer: Rodney Thomas Jr., miteewarrior@hotmail.com
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to watch Kenya’s first science fiction motion picture, a 22-minute silent short film entitled “Pumzi.” The setting is a dystopian future where Nairobi culture has been repressed by scientific […]