The Barcelona 2016 Decolonizing Knowledge and Power Summer School

Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues

Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons

A summer school in Barcelona, Spain
July 11- July 21, 2016

Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

The international Summer School, “Decolonizing Knowledge and Power,” is an undertaking that aims at enlarging the scope of the conversation (analysis and investigation) of the hidden agenda of modernity (that is, coloniality) in the sphere of knowledge and higher education. This course is offered through the Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues, in Barcelona, Spain, in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. The seminar will be held at the UAB-Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Casa de la Convalescencia (Hospital de Sant Pau) .

Affiliated Faculty Members include:

Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Linda Martín Alcoff, Nelson Maldonado-Torres,
Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, Emma Pérez, Salman Sayyid, Chela Sandoval,
Ramón Grosfoguel, Houria Bouteldja, Kwame Nimako, Stephen Small,
Tiffany Ruby Patterson, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, James Cohen,
Ella Shohat, Daphne V. Taylor-García, Lars Jensen and Alejandro Vallega

Artwell’s Contribution to Oxford’s African History Month 2015

Date: Saturday 24 October 2015

Time: 17.00 – 21.00

Place: United Reform Church Hall, Oxford Road, Cowley 0X4 2ES (near Temple Cowley Library)

Email for more information or text 0775 78 12 449

Ancient Africa’s Gift to: Law, Architecture, Mathematics, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

  • This is a 45 minute slide introduction to Africa’s Gifts

Books that have shaped the perception of people of African Peoples: Charles Darwin, Francis Galton, The Bible, Black Athena.

  • This 30 minute presentation is based on slides and will be a brief introduction.

Magna Carta, is Ancient Africa’s Gift to the English.

  • A brief introduction to Africa’s contribution to Magna Carta and looking at the legal protection granted to the English by Magna Carta. We will ask the question. In this New World Ordered planet, should we be concerned at the loss of Magna Carta protection today? We will ask for a response to this question from the Labour Party, Conservative Party, Green Party, Liberal Democratic Party, Communist Party and UKIP Party.

Oxford African History Remembers, Honours and Salutes:

  • Ms Sandra Blank – the voice of the Black Lives Matter campaign in the United States
  • Mr Jimmy Mubenga – devoted father of 5 killed by G4S
  • Mr Mark Duggan – killed while being unarmed in Tottenham

2015 Oxford African History Campaign: Don’t Bite the Apple

  • As of this year, Apple is not the richest corporation on planet Earth. We love it’s Apple I phone and so on. But, Apple’s profits would not be possible without the labour of children in the Congo who damage their lungs mining the precious metal without which our phones and computers would not work. Join in writing to Apple asking them to stop using children as miners; use some of Apple’s vast profits to create infrastructure in the Congo and ensure that the miners of the Congo receive market values for the precious metals which Apple needs.

On sale: Delightful Caribbean food and drinks

Entry free: 5 pounds donation suggested to contribute toward future Afrikan (Black) History Season events.

Telling it like it was – Dr. Hakim Adi

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Yesterday’s Black History Month Lecture organized at Pembroke College by Black Minority Ethnic Staff Network, Oxford University was inspiring as well as interesting.

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The Pichette Auditorium was filled with a healthy mix of students, staff and community to listen to Dr. Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at Chichester University, talk about The 70th Anniversary of the Manchester Pan-African Congress and its significance today.

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My biggest take away is the Manchester Pan-African Congress was a congress for working people and not intended to be a gathering of academics, intellectuals and doctors and lawyers.

La Noire de… d’Ousmane Sembène

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La Noire de… d’Ousmane Sembène

Le 1er octobre, BOZAR CINEMA présente La Noire de…  d’Ousmane Sembène. Dans ce film datant de 1966, le réalisateur sénégalais explore la dynamique complexe de la période post-coloniale au travers de l’histoire de Diouana, jeune sénégalaise engagée comme servante dans une famille française.En présence des comédiens Mbissine Thérèse Diop et Philippe Fontaine.

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La Noire de… raconte l’histoire de Diouana, jeune Sénégalaise qu’un couple français basé à Dakar ramène avec eux à Antibes. Alors qu’elle croyait travailler comme gouvernante pour les enfants du couple, Diouana réalise très vite qu’elle doit aussi s’occuper des tâches ménagères, sans salaire et sans reconnaissance.


Diouna finit par se suicider, déçue par l’abîme de différence entre la réalité de sa vie française et ses vieux rêves sur le beau monde.La Noire de…, sorti en 1966 et récompensé du Prix Jean Vigo, premier long métrage d’Ousmane Sembène (1923-2007), est un film foncièrement engagé.


La domination culturelle, l’esclavage moderne, la condition de la femme, Ousmane Sembène explore des thèmes qui deviendront film après film le combat de toute une vie. L’écrivain et spécialiste du cinéma Georges Sadoul a par ailleurs déclaré que « grâce à Sembène Ousmane, le continent noir a pris enfin place dans l’histoire du cinéma mondial ».Le film a été présenté dans la section « Cannes Classics » au dernier Festival de Cannes. La copie vient d’être restaurée par la Cineteca di Bologna et The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project.


Avant la projection sera présenté le documentaire Sembene !  retraçant la vie et l’œuvre du « père du cinéma africain ».

Informations pratiques

18h30 – « Sembene !» (documentaire) de Samba Gadjigo et Jason Silverman (2015)

20h – « La Noire de… » d’Ousmane Sembène (1966)

Jeudi 1er octobre

Palais des Beaux-Arts – Salle M


€ 6 / 4 euros pour Sembene !

€ 8 / 6 euros pour La Noir de…

Pass € 9 euros

Langue : français

Coproduction : BOZAR CINEMA & Le centre du Monde

Info & Tickets

+32 (0)2 507 82

British history and anti-racist campaigning A discussion event

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We are pleased to announce that our first event ‘British history and anti-racist campaigning‘ will be held at the Marx Memorial Library, London EC1 on Tuesday October 20th at 6.30pm until 8pm. Please go to our Eventbrite page to register. The event is free of charge but registration is required.

This event is inspired by listening to anti-racist campaigners say that their work is hampered by a general lack of historical knowledge in respect of Empire and colonialism amongst the white British public. In order to explore this more fully, the event will bring together four speakers to examine the relationship between the white general public’s understanding of British history and anti-racist campaigning work. Since the point of the event is to assist historians in directing their research in socially responsible and useful ways, the speakers will be campaigners, journalists, and educationalists rather than academic historians. The panel members will each approach the topic from a different vantage point based on their experiences and will speak for 10-15 minutes each. After which, the discussion will be opened up for the next hour or so to include the floor.


Kiri Kankhwende: ‘How the lack of a historical perspective fuels racist media narratives about migrants’.
Kiri is a journalist and immigration and human rights campaigner.

Rita Chadha: Title tbc.
Rita is the Chief Executive of RAMFEL.

John Siblon: ‘Losing and gaining the British Empire in the classroom’.
John is a Sixth Form History Teacher in London and PhD candidate.

Suresh Grover: ‘Before My Memory Dies: The Persistence of Imperial Racism’
Suresh is Director of the The Monitoring Group and a Civil Rights campaigner and will explore how the role of the British Empire remains invisible in understanding the cause and impact of racism in UK today.

Event Info:

Date: Tuesday 20 October 2015
Time: 6.30pm8pm
Venue: Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU

Format: 4 speakers (10-15 mins each), followed by an open discussion with the floor

Eventbrite: Register here
Facebook: Applied History Network
Website: Applied History Network

The Applied History Network is a group of PhD students and early career researchers committed to politically engaged history. We put on regular evening events in London which aim to apply an historical perspective to contemporary events and debates.

The event grew out of conversations started at the ‘what is radical history?’ conference at Birkbeck in March 2015. In an effort to carry on these important debates, we put on free events every two months in central London. We have events scheduled for 20 October 2015, 1 December 2015, February 2016, April 2016 and June 2016.

Oxford University’s Black History Month Lecture 2015

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On 20th October at 6pm, Professor Hakim Adi will present the University of Oxford’s 2015 Black History Month Lecture, entitled ‘The 70th Anniversary of the Manchester Pan-African Congress and Its Significance Today’.

The Fifth Pan-African Congress (Manchester 1945) was the most influential and politically significant of the seven Pan-African Congresses, as it brought together key activists who would later play leading roles in liberation struggles across the continent, including Jomo Kenyatta, the first leader of Kenya after independence, and Kwame Nkrumah, who later led anti-colonial resistance in Ghana. American writer and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois chaired the Congress, describing 1945 as ‘a decisive year in determining the freedom of Africa’.

The talk is free, but registration is recommended.

Hakim Adi has written widely on Pan-Africanism and the modern political history of Africa and the African diaspora. His groundbreaking work includes the political history of West Africans in Britain, and the influence of Communism and Pan–Africanism on anti-colonial activism. He is the author of West Africans in Britain 1900-1960: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Communism (1998), Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939 (2013); (and with Marika Sherwood) The 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress Revisited (1995) and Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787 (2003) He has also written history books for children, including The History of the African and Caribbean Communities in Britain.

Kim Golden is writing stories in all love’s colors

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I write about relationships, about love. I often write about interracial relationships. I like reading stories about people who are different, who see past the differences and fall in love. And those are the stories I also enjoy writing. I write stories for people who know that love comes in many colors“.

Kim, a Philadelphia, PA native and Stockholm, Sweden resident, is the author of several books, novellas and short stories.

Three stories, three moments in Melanie Jamison’s life. In Edinburgh For as long as Melanie can remember, she’s been in love with John Cavannaugh, but their relationship’s crashed and burned again. Now she’s in Edinburgh with Damian but is she really over John? Until She Comes Melanie moved on with a Swedish actor but the relationship has fallen apart. She’s still in love with John and now they’re both wondering what it means. Do they both want another chance or are they on thin ice…? Lily Her precocious daughter is ready to start school, but is Melanie willing to send her to the school everyone else thinks will be best for Lily?

** 2014 Readers’ Favorite Book Award Bronze Medal Winner in Fiction-Drama Category **

Imagine finding out you could never have a baby with the man you love…

Expat American Laney Halliwell finds out the hard way when Niklas tells her he had a vasectomy before they met and isn’t interested in reversing it. Why should he? They’ve got his kids from his first marriage and an enviable life in Stockholm.

What if you fell in love in the most unexpected way…?

But Laney wants more. So when a friend suggests she look into an alternative sperm bank in Copenhagen to find a potential father for her baby, things don’t go exactly as planned. Especially when Laney meets Mads and finds herself falling in love.

Susannah is haunted–by the magnitude of her grief…by the silence…by her husband’s ghost.

A short story about a love that never dies.

Jessica and Chris had their first chance at love when they were studying in Edinburgh. Away from the US for the first time in their lives, neither expects to bump into someone from their hometown, much less fall in love. But fate has a way of playing tricks with people. And the question is whether their love is strong enough to last even when they return to America, especially when race comes into play.

Meet Mia Wilkinson.
Mia Wilkinson doesn’t feel very thankful right now, despite it being Thanksgiving. She’s just found out her married boyfriend has no intention of leaving his wife. She heads north to her deceased grandmother’s house in a small town in Vermont. But her plans for a solitary Christmas don’t go as planned—especially when a gorgeous South African photographer shows up on her doorstep.

And then there’s Jake Groenewald…
Jake’s come to Hunters Grove to get over losing his best friend and colleague to the atrocities of war. The last thing he expects is to have his life turned upside down by Mia and her Rules of Cohabitation. And falling in love is definitely not on his agenda.

Will a little snow help them along the way?

Mads Rasmussen has had enough: of being a sperm donor, of feeling disconnected, of being alone. Then someone walks into his life in a most unexpected way…

Maybe Tonight is a novella that gives a glimpse of Mads’s life just before and after he meets Laney in Maybe Baby. It’s a novella about love and what happens when it takes you by surprise.

Is the honeymoon over…?
Now married with two children, Laney and Mads are finding their life together isn’t as simple as it used to be. While Laney struggles with motherhood, Mads is so focused on chasing success that he loses sight of promises he’s made.

Better apart…?
When frustration gets the better of her, Laney takes the kids and goes to the US, hoping to find solace with her aunt Cecily, a former school teacher who now teaches yoga and meditation in Florida.

Can Laney and Mads find their way back to one another…or is it too late?