Paulo de Medeiros and Sandra Ponzanesi (eds.) 

Postcolonial Theory and Crisis

De Gruyter, 2024 (OPEN ACCESS).


The volume aims at a conceptualisation of the relations between postcolonial theory and crisis, while also looking at the crisis of postcolonialism and the ways in which it can respond to contemporary issues. It seeks to understand, situate, and analyse postcolonial theory in the face of neo-liberalism, neo-imperialism, and neo-colonialism – the relation between ‘post’ and the increasing use of ‘neo’ is in itself part and parcel of the question.

The volume is organised in four sections, each containing four chapters. Even though all the chapters present a reflection on Postcolonial Theory and Crisis, some focus more specifically on aspects of the crisis in a global perspective such as humanitarian crisis and the role of mediatisation of conflicts, to issues related to human rights, refugees, migrancy, environmental crisis to questions of memory and postmemory as well as the critique of art and utopian thought. The questions posed are addressed at both a conceptual and theoretical level, alongside the analysis of specific case studies.



 „The editors have succeeded admirably in bringing together essays that
speak to the construction and visibility of crises as well as to the limits and
possibilities of critique. This focus makes the book relevant, timely, and
Radha S. Hegde, New York University

„Given that it has become fashionable to malign postcolonialism these days,
usually on the fl imsiest of grounds, it is highly refreshing to engage with
a collection which bucks this trend and signals the enduring signifi cance
of postcolonial work not by resurrecting older models but by engendering
emergent opportunities for intellectual discovery that are as innovative
as they are illuminating, often (but not always) by thinking again with
canonical postcolonial materials: Fanon, Césaire, Hall, and others. For these
reasons, Postcolonial Theory and Crisis marks an important moment of
John McLeod, University of Leeds


Postcolonial Intellectuals and Their European Publics

This publication is the last output of the NWO funded Project Postcolonial Intellectuals and Their European Publics (PIN) which has seen the collaboration of many European partners over the years and conferences throughout Europe (2019-2023).

Keywords: Postcolonial theory, crisis, anthropocene, migration, art, race, media


Table of Contents


Acknowledgement V

Sandra Ponzanesi & Paulo de Medeiros

Postcolonial Theory & Crisis: Contemporary Interventions 1


Section 1: New Approaches to Postcolonial Studies and Crisis

Sandra Ponzanesi

Post-Humanitarianism and the Crisis of Empathy 21

Alessandra Di Maio

Coming of Age Across the Central Mediterranean Route: E.C. Osondu’s

When the Sky is Ready the Stars Will Appear 47

Charlotte Spear

Crisis and the Postcolonial State: Human Rights and Contemporary

Emergency 67

Jesse van Amelsvoort

The Postcolonial Anthropocene 83


Section 2: Postcolonial Studies and Ecological Crisis

Shaul Bassi

“None of that shit matters to the Swedes”: Venice, Bangladesh, and the

Postcolonial Anthropocene 105

Elena Brugioni

Violent Postcolonial Ecosystems. Environmental Crisis and Eco-Critique

in João Paulo Borges Coelho’s Literary Writing 123

Peter J. Maurits

Fuel Scavengers: Climate Colonialism in the South African Science Fiction

of Alex Latimer’s Space Race, Henrietta Rose-Innes’ Poison, and Neill

Blomkamp’s District 9 141


Section 3: Postcolonial Studies and Critical Theory

Paulo de Medeiros

Crisis and Postimperial Remains: Belonging, Loss, Justice 159

Caitlin Vandertop

(Dis)inheriting Stevenson: Inheritance Crisis, Postcolonial Periodization,

and Literary Property in the Pacific 173

Gianmaria Colpani & Adriano José Habed

Critique without Guarantees: Thinking with Stuart Hall in a Time

of Crises 189


Section 4: Crisis Across Art, Memory, and Race

Max Silverman

Traumatic Memory and the Postcolonial: Disruptive Genealogy 209

Bolette B. Blaagaard

Postcolonial Critique in Practice: A Case Study of Citizen Media

Resistance to Mainstream Media Discourses on Race 225

Ana Cristina Mendes

“Crisis” and Planetary Entanglements: Ai Weiwei’s Pequi Tree and John

Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea 239




Doing Digital Migration Studies: Theories and Practices of the Everyday

Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi (eds.)

Amsterdam University Press, 2024.

Open Access:

Doing Digital Migration present a comprehensive entry point to the variety of theoretical debates, methodological interventions, political discussions and ethical debates around migrant forms of belonging as articulated through digital practices. Digital technologies impact upon everyday migrant lives, while vice versa migrants play a key role in technological developments – be it when negotiating the communicative affordances of platforms and devices, as consumers of particular commercial services such as sending remittances, as platform gig workers or test cases for new advanced surveillance technologies. With its international scope, this anthology invites scholars to pluralize understandings of ‘the migrant’ and ‘the digital’. The anthology is organized in five different sections: Creative Practices; Digital Diasporas and Placemaking; Affect and Belonging; Visuality and digital media and Datafication, Infrastructuring, and Securitization. These sections are dedicated to emerging key topics and debates in digital migration studies, and sections are each introduced by international experts.



“It is impossible to study – hence intervene – against the injustices, inequalities, and cruelties experienced by international migrants today without negotiating a central paradox: digital technologies both empower (connectedness) and disempower (datafication), often simultaneously, international migrants in search of a liveable life. This superb book takes the centre stage in showing how activists – migrants, scholars, and citizens – are negotiating this paradox by investigating everyday practices with meticulous detail and theoretical astuteness.”

– Engin Isin, Queen Mary University of London


“Doing Digital Migration Studies is an important and insightful contribution that

sheds a much-needed light on the complex and ever-evolving relationship between migration and digital media.”

‒ Sara Marino, London College of Communication


“Incisive and exhaustive, this collection carves out new paths of inquiry in media

and migration studies while retelling the field’s rich and long histories. Scholars and practitioners working around the edges of critical data studies, the anthropology of aid, and the sociology of migration are particularly in for a special treat.”

‒ Jonathan Corpus Ong, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

For individual contributions see also:

Table of contents: 



Doing Digital Migration Studies: Introduction - Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi 


Section I Creative practices 

-Introduction to Section I: Creative Practices – Karina Horsti 

-Chapter 1. Against and Beyond Mimeticism: A Cinematic Ethics of

Migration Journeys in Documentary Auto-Ethnography  – Nadica Denić 

-Chapter 2. Archival Participatory Filmmaking in Migration and Border Studies – Irene Gutiérrez Torres 

-Chapter 3. Embodying Data, Shifting Perspective: A Conversation with Ahnjili Zhuparris on Future Wake – Rosa Wevers with Ahnjili Zhuparris 


Section II Digital Diasporas and Placemaking 

-Introduction to Section II: Digital Diasporas and Placemaking – Mihaela Nedelcu

-Chapter 4. Friendship, Connection and Loss: Everyday Digital Kinning and Digital Homing among Chinese Transnational Grandparents in Perth, Australia – Catriona Stevens, Loretta Baldassar and Raelene Wilding 

-Chapter 5. An Exploration of African Digital Cosmopolitanism – Fungai Machirori 

-Chapter 6. YouTube Became the Place Where “I Could Breathe” and Start “to Sell my Mouth”: Congolese Refugee YouTubers in Nairobi, Kenya – Marie Godin and Bahati Ghislain 


Section III Affect and Belonging 

-Introduction to Section III: Affect and Belonging – Athina Karatzogianni 

-Chapter 7. Digital Communication, Transnational Relationships and the Making of Place Among Highly Skilled Migrants during the Covid-19 Pandemic – Elisabetta Costa 

-Chapter 8. When Immovable Bodies Meet Unstoppable Media Circulation:

The Aporetic Body in Digital Migration Studies – Nishant Shah 

-Chapter 9. Queer Digital Migration Research: Two Case Studies – Yener Bayramoğlu 


Section IV Visuality and Digital Media 

-Introduction to Section IV: Visuality and Digital Media – Giorgia Aiello 

-Chapter 10. Migrant Agency and Platformed Belongings: The Case of TikTok –

Daniela Jaramillo-Dent, Amanda Alencar and Yan Asadchy 

-Chapter 11. Affective Performances of Rooted Cosmopolitanism Through Facebook During the Festival International de Folklore et de Percussion in Louga, Senegal –  Estrella Sendra 

-Chapter 12. Situating the Body in Digital Migration Research: Embodied Methodologies for Analysing Virtual Reality Films on Displacement – Moé Suzuki

Section V Datafication, Infrastructuring and Securitization 

-Introduction to Section V: Datafication, Infrastructuring and Securitization – Saskia Witteborn 

-Chapter 13. The Weaponization of Datafied Sound: The Case of Voice

Biometrics in German Asylum Procedures – Daniel Leix Palumbo 

-Chapter 14. McKinsey Consultants and Technocratic Fantasies: Crafting the Illusion of Orderly Migration Management in Greece – Luděk Stavinoha 

-Chapter 15. Undocumented and Datafied: Anticipation, Borders and Everyday Life – 

Kaarina Nikunen and Sanna Valtonen 


Section VI Conclusions 

Conclusions: On Doing Digital Migration Studies – Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi 



Dutch Research Council (NWO) open access funding made it possible for us to make the book accessible.



Creating Europe from the Margins.
Mobilities and Racism in Postcolonial Europe


Edited By Kristín Loftsdóttir, Brigitte Hipfl, Sandra Ponzanesi
Routledge, August 2023




This edited volume explores the idea of Europe through a focus on its margins. The chapters in the volume inquire critically into the relations and tensions inherent in divisions between the Global North and the Global South as well as internal regional differentiation within Europe itself. In doing so, the volume stresses the need to consider Europe from critical interdisciplinary perspectives, highlighting historical and contemporary issues of racism and colonialism.
While recent discussions of migration into ‘Fortress Europe’ seem to assume that Europe has clearly demarcated geographic, political and cultural boundaries, this book argues that the reality is more complex. The book explores margins conceptually and positions margins and centres as open to negotiation and contestation and characterized by ambiguity. 
As such, margins can be contextualized in relation to hierarchies within Europe, with different processes involved in creating boundaries and borders between different kinds of Europes and Europeans. Deploying case studies from different places, such as Iceland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the UK, Romania, Cyprus, Greece, Sicily, European colonies in the Caribbean and the former Yugoslavia, the contributors analyse how different geopolitical hierarchies intersect with racialized subject 
positions of diverse people living in Europe, while also exploring 
issues of gender, class, sexuality, religion and nationality. Some 
chapters draw attention to the fortification of Europe’s ‘borderland,’ while others focus on internal hierarchies within Europe, critiquing the meaning of spatial boundaries in an increasingly digitalized Europe. In doing so, the chapters interrogate the hierarchies at play in the processes of being and becoming ‘European’ and the ongoing impacts of race and colonialism.
This timely and thought-provoking collection will be of considerable significance to those in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in Europe.


Creating Europe from the Margins
By Kristín Loftsdóttir, Brigitte Hipfl, Sandra Ponzanesi
chapter 2|16 pages

Articulating Europe from the Sephardic Margin
Restoring Citizenship for Expulsed Jews, and Not Muslims, in Spain?
By Maribel Casas-Cortés, Sebastian Cobarrubias Baglietto
chapter 3|18 pages

Racist and Imperial Genealogies in LGBT-free Zones and Struggles over Europe in Poland
By Paweł Lewicki

chapter 4|18 pages
‘From Nowhere to Nowhere’ – Mapping Trajectories of Belonging within the Post-Yugoslav Field
By Milica Trakilović

chapter 5|15 pages
A Crossroads of the World on the Margins of Europe
Migration and Sicilian Liminality
By Antonio Sorge

chapter 6|16 pages
Digital Media and Migration
Reflections from the Southern Margins of Europe
By Claudia Minchilli, Sandra Ponzanesi

chapter 7|17 pages
Gay Bod
Civic and LGBTQ+ Pride after Brexit in a City on the Margins of the UK and Europe
By Catherine Baker, Michael Howcroft

chapter 8|15 pages
Marginalized Bodies in Caribbean Europe
Between Vital Inequalities and Health (Im)mobilities
By Corinna Di Stefano, Fabio Santos, Manuela Boatcă

chapter 9|17 pages
Marketing Marginality
Creating Iceland as a White Privileged Destination
By Kristín Loftsdóttir

chapter 10|17 pages
Making Europe from Below
Intra EU-Migration and Mobilities Connecting the Margins
By Ignacio Fradejas-García, José Luis Molina, Miranda J. Lubbers

chapter 11|19 pages
When the Margins Enter the Centre
The Documentary Along the Borders of Turkey and Its YouTube Comments as Conflicting Constructions of Europeanity
By Nico Carpentier, Vaia Doudaki
Open access chapter, downloadable at:

chapter 12|16 pages
Beating the Border
Playing with Migrant Experiences and Borderveillant Spectatorship in Channel 4's Smuggled (2019)
By Lennart Soberon, Kevin Smets

Discount available: 20% Discount Available - enter the code EFL03 at checkout*





Postcolonial Publics: 

Art and Citizen Media in Europe  

Bolette B. Blaagaard, Sabrina Marchetti, Sandra Ponzanesi, Shaul Bassi

Ca' Foscari Edizioni/Venice University Press, 2023

available open access:

Postcolonial Publics: Art and Citizen Media in Europe presents a collection of sixteen chapters that explore the themes of how migrants, refugees and citizens express and share their political and social causes and experiences through art and media. These expressions, which we term ‘citizen media’, arguably become a platform for postcolonial intellectuals as the studies pursued in this volume investigate the different ways in which previously excluded social groups regain public voice. The volume strives to understand the different articulations of migrants’, refugees’, and citizens’ struggle against increasingly harsh European politics that allow them to achieve and empower political subjectivity in a mediated and creative space. In this way, the contributions in this volume present case studies of citizen media in the form of ‘activistic art’ or ‘artivism’ (Trandafoiu, Ruffini, Cazzato & Taronna, Koobak & Tali, Negrón-Muntaner), activism through different kinds of technological media (Chouliaraki and Al-Ghazzi, Jedlowski), such as documentaries and film (Denić), podcasts, music and soundscapes (Romeo and Fabbri, Western, Lazzari, Huggan), and activisms through writings from journalism to fiction (Longhi, Concilio, Festa, De Capitani). The volume argues that citizen media go hand in hand with postcolonial critique because of their shared focus on the deconstruction and decolonisation of Western logics and narratives. Moreover, both question the concept of citizen and of citizenship as they relate to the nation-state and explores the power of media as a tool for participation as well as an instrument of political strength. The book forwards postcolonial artivism and citizen media as a critical framework to understand the refugee and migrant situations in contemporary Europe.


Section 1. Postcolonial Social Media Activism
Citizen media as Flesh Witnessing: Embodied Testimonies of War in Western News Journalism
Lilie Chouliaraki Omar Al-Ghazzi
Rhythm-Relay-Relation: Anticolonial Media Activisms in Athens
Tom Western
Podcasting Race: Participatory Media Activism in Postcolonial Italy
Giulia Fabbri Caterina Romeo
Methodologies of Blackness in Italy: Past, Present, and Futures
Gabriele Lazzari
Section 2. Postcolonial Media Publics
Cinema as Inquiry: On Art, Knowledge, and Justice
Frances Negrón-Muntaner
Epistemic Decolonization of Migration: Digital Witnessing of Crisis and Borders in For Sama
Nadica Denić
Serious laughs: Blackness, Humour and Social Media in Contemporary France
Alessandro Jedlowski
Decolonial Mediatic Artivist Engagement and the Palestinian Question
Luigi Carmine Cazzato Annarita Taronna
Section 3. Postcolonial Artivism
Dislocation and Creative Citizenship: Romanian Diasporic Artists in Europe
Ruxandra Trandafoiu
The Walk: A Participatory Performative Action Across the Borders of Europe
Rosaria Ruffini
Rendering Race Through a Paranoid Postsocialist Lens
Activist Curating and Public Engagement in the Postcolonial Debate in Eastern Europe
Redi Koobak Margaret Tali
Bowie in Berlin, or, the Postcolonial Intellectual Unmasked
Graham Huggan
Section 4. Postcolonial Story-Telling
The African Descendant, an ‘Invisible Man’ to the Media
Vittorio Longhi
The Refugee Tales Project as Transmedia Activism and the Poetics of Listening
Towards Decolonial Citizenship
Lucio De Capitani
Migrant Multimodal Narratives: From Blogs and Print Media to YouTube
Maria Festa
‘Following’ Teju Cole’s ‘Black Portraitures’
On Zigzagging Between (Digital) Literature, Photography, Art History, Music and Much More…
Carmen Concilio



Special Issue: 


Screening Postcolonial Intellectuals: 

Cinematic Engagements and Postcolonial Activists

Guest editors: Sandra Ponzanesi and Ana C. Mendes 

Transnational Screens, Volume 13, Issue 2, 2022


This special issue proposes new ways of seeing and thinking about postcolonial intellectuals through the frame of transnational screens. For this purpose, the issue develops around the twofold notion of the intellectual as a filmmaker and the intellectual as an object of filmmaking. In particular, it focuses on the ways in which this interrelationship expands notions of postcolonial theory and practice regarding the aesthetic and political intervention of intellectuals in transnational screen culture. Many postcolonial figures have been influential not only in rethinking the ways in which representation should be conceived and theorized but also in inspiring new forms of visuality and aesthetics through their life and work. These figures include Frantz Fanon, Assia Djebar, and Stuart Hall, and others explored in this issue, such as Toni Morrison, Raoul Peck, Ai Weiwei, and Steve McQueen. The special issue also includes exclusive interviews with Ai Weiwei and Trinh T. Minh-ha, artists, intellectuals, activists, and filmmakers whose engagement with postcolonial debates, and more broadly with the politics and aesthetics of filmmaking, have contributed to a reshaping of contemporary postcolonial realities and discourses, in scholarship and the public sphere.

This special issue includes: 

  • Introduction: Screening postcolonial intellectuals: cinematic engegements and postcolonial activism
    Sandra Ponzanesi and Ana Cristina Mendes. Available here. 
  • 'The kaleidoscopic conditions' of John Akomfrah's Stuart Hall 
    James Harvey. Available here. 
  • Portrait of the postcolonial intellectual as a wise old woman: Toni Morrison, word-work, and The Foreigner's Home 
    Liedeke Plate. Available here. 
  • Documentary re-enactment in Raoul Peck's Exterminate All the Brutes: countering the work of the imperial camera shutter
    Ana Cristina Mendes. Available here. 
  • Theatres of memory; un-silencing the past - Steve McQueen's 'Small Axe' anthology
    Florian Stadtler. Available here. 
  • Interrogating the limits of humanitarian art: the uncomfortable invitations of Ai Weiwei
    Eszter Zimanyi. Available here. 
  • The world as a readymade: a conversation with Ai Weiwei
    Ana Cristina Mendes & Ai Weiwei. Available here. 
  • In the spiral time: conversation between Domi Oliveri and Trinh T. Minh-ha 
    Domitilla Olivieri & Trinh T. Minh-Ha. Available here. 
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Special Issue: 


Digital Migration Practices and the Everyday

Guest editors: Sandra Ponzanesi and Koen Leurs
Communication, Culture & Critique, 15(2), 2022: 103-298.


This special issue explores the role that digital technology plays in the lives of migrants. It does so by paying close attention to governmental and supranational organizations as well as to subjective and affective dimensions of the everyday. Digital migration practices emerge as complex negotiations in the digital media sphere between infrastructural bias and agential opportunities, contesting racial practices as well as enabling digitally mediated bonds of solidarity and intimacy. The issue offers nuanced critical perspectives ranging from surveillance capitalism, extractive humanitarianism, datafication, and border regimes to choreographies of care and intimacy in transnational settings, among other aspects. Renowned international scholars reflect on these issues from different vantage points. The closing forum section provides state-of-the-art commentaries on digital diaspora, affect and belonging, voice and visibility in the digital media sphere, queer migrant interventions in non-academic settings, and datafication and media infrastructures in “deep time.”


Sandra Ponzanesi and Koen Leurs

Digital Migration Practices and the Everyday (open access)


Paul Giroy - University College London, UK (open access) View article

Working with “Wogs”: Aliens, Denizens and the Machinations of Denialism


Nicholas De Genova - University of Houston, USA View article

Viral borders:  Migration, Deceleration, and the Re-Bordering of Mobility During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Saskia Witteborn - The Chinese University of Hong Kong View article

Digitalization, Digitization and Datafication: The "Three D" Transformation of Forced Migration Management.


Martina Tazzioli - Goldsmiths University of London, UK View article

Extractive Humanitarianism: Participatory Confinement and Unpaid Labour in Refugees Governmentality


Roopika Risam - Salem State University, USA View article

Border of Affect: Mobilizing Border Imagery as Civic Engagement


Christine Quinan– Melbourne University, Australia, and Mina Hunt, - Utrecht University, The Netherlands View article

Biometric Bordering and Automatic Gender Recognition: Challenging Binary Gender Norms in Everyday Biometric Technologies


Larissa Hjorth - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia View article

Careful Digital Kinship: Understanding Multispecies Digital Kinship, Choreographies of Care and Older Adults During the Pandemic in Australia


Earvin Cabalquinto - Deakin University, Australia View article

“Come On, Put Viber, We Can Drink Coffee Together”: The Ageing Migrant’s (Im)mobile Intimacy in Turbulent Times"


Forum Section:


Laura Candidatu and Sandra Ponzanesi - Utrecht University, NL View article

Digital Diaspora: Staying with the Trouble


Myria Georgiou - London School of Economics, UK View article

Digital (In-)visibilities: Spatializing and Visualizing Politics of Voice


Lukasz Szulc - University of Sheffield, UK View article

A Lot of Straddling and Squirming. Taking Queer Migrant Stories Beyond the Academic Walls


Realene Wilding and Monika Winarnita - La Trobe University, Australia View article

Affect, Creativity and Migrant Belonging


Koen Leurs and Philip Seuferling - Utrecht University and Sodertorn University View article

Migration and the ‘deep time’ of media infrastructures




Special Issue: 


Postcolonial Intellectual Engagements: 

Critics, Artists and Activists

Guest editor: Sandra Ponzanesi
Postcolonial Studies, 24(4), 2021: 433-533.


The aim of this special issue is to gauge the impact of postcolonial intellectuals in contemporary Europe from a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective.  This is achieved by challenging the divide between public and private, inclusion and exclusion, and citizens and migrants, thereby creating counterpublics where sexual, ethnic, religious and other minorities stake their claims and play out their actions. For this purpose, the special issue will not review the standard figures in the postcolonial debate but focus on the ways in which intellectual labour is performed by critics as well as by artists, activists and writers, in order to recognize the impact of ‘intellectual engagements’ in the public sphere in their less visible and recognized manifestations as well. 

  • Sandra Ponzanesi, "Postcolonial intellectuals: new paradigms", pp. 433-446. Available open access here
  • Neelam Srivastava, "The intellectual as partisan: Sylvia Pankhurst and the Italian invasion of Ethiopia", pp. 448-463. Available open access here
  • Kaiama L. Glover, " 'The francophone world was set ablaze': Pan-African intellectuals, European interlocutors and the global Cold War", pp. 464-483. Available here
  • Ana Cristina Mendes and Julian Wacker, "The Louvre going APESHIT: the audiovisual re-curation and intellectual labour in The Carters' Afrosurrealist music video", pp. 484-497. Available here
  • Adriano José Habed, "The author, the text, and the (post)critic: notes on the encounter between postcritique and postcolonial criticism", pp. 498-513. Available open access here
  • Pinar Tuzcu, "Decoding the cybaltern: cybercolonialism and postcolonial intellectuals in the digital age", pp. 514-527. Available here
  • Rosi Braidotti, "Postface", pp. 528-533. Available here

For more information, see here.


Special Issue:


Somali Diaspora and Digital Practices: 

Gender, Media and Belonging



Guest editor:  Sandra Ponzanesi 

Journal of Global Diaspora and Media, 2(1), 2021: 1-97


The different contributions explore how digital co-presence, enabled by new social media platforms and apps, allows people to establish multi-sited forms of belonging that cut across national, ethnic and ‘clan’ boundaries and reshape the sense of diasporic belonging and nostalgia for the troubled homeland that has undergone enormous conflicts and strife. The close analysis of empirical findings across different sites in Europe shows multi-sitedness, generation and urban belonging as central features. The special issue is an output of the ERC project CONNECTINGEUROPE: Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging. 

  • Sandra Ponzanesi, "Somali diaspora and digital belonging: Introduction", pp. 3-15. Available here

  • Idil Osman, "Illuminating gendered and postcolonial contexts within Somali digital practice", pp. 17-21. Available here

  • Donya Alinejad and Sandra Ponzanesi, "The multi-sitedness of Somali diasporic belonging: Comparative notes on Somali migrant women's digital practices", pp. 23-37. Available here

  • Laura Candidatu, "Diasporic mothering and Somali diaspora formation in the Netherlands", pp. 39-55. Available here

  • Melis Mevsimler, "Second-generation British-Somali women: The translocal nexus of London and global diaspora", pp. 57-72. Available here

  • Claudia Minchilli, "Localizing diasporic digital media practices: Social stratification and community making among Somali women living in Rome", pp. 73-89. Available here.  

  • Ilse van Liempt, "Response to Special Issue", pp. 91-97. Available here

For more information, see here.


Special Issue:


Migration, Digital Media and Emotion

Guest editors:  Donya Alinejad and Sandra Ponzanesi
International Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(5), 2020: 621-820


This collection brings together key themes that integrate the scholarship on migration, digital media, and emotion. Drawing from a variety of conceptual, theoretical, and methodological traditions that cross-cut academic disciplines, the articles in this issue explore the emotional facets of digitally mediated migrant socialities in a variety of socio-cultural and geographic locales. These examinationsraise important questions about how digital media ubiquity shapes global migration experiences and multicultural media publics at various scales.
How are relations of intimacy and care at a distance articulated and experienced through social media? What does it mean to imagine home as a digitally mediated experience? In what unexpected ways are platforms reshaping migrant subjectivities? In this introductory article we address these and other questions, outlining how we believe the study of emotion can help us think more comprehensively about the digital mediation of migrants’ social lives in the current media age.

Contributions include: 

  • Donya Alinejad, Sandra Ponzanesi. "Migrancy and digital mediatio ns of emotion." (pp. 621-638)
  • Raelene Wilding, Loretta Baldassar, Shashini Gamage, Shane Worrell, Samiro Mohamud. "Digital media and the affective economies of transnational families." (pp. 639-655)
  • Celine Meyers, Pragna Rugunanan. "Mobile-mediated mothering from a distance: A case study of Somali mothers in Port Elizabeth, South Africa." (pp. 656-673)
  • Jolynna Sinanan, Catherine Gomes. " 'Everybody needs friends': Emotions, social networks and digital media in the friendships of international students." (pp. 674-691)
  • Haili Li. "Transnational togetherness through Rela: Chinese queer women's practices for maintaining ties with the homeland." (pp. 692-708)
  • Mine Gencel Bek, Patricia Prieto Blanco. "(Be)Longing through visual narrative: Mediation of (dis)affect and formation of politics through photographs and narratives of migration at DiasporaTürk." (pp. 709-727)
  • Silvia Almenara-Niebla. "Making digital 'home-camps': Mediating emotions among the Sahrawi refugee diaspora." (pp. 728-744)
  • Marloes Annette Geboers, Chad Thomas Van De Wiele. "Regimes of visibility and the affective affordances of Twitter." (pp. 745-765)
  • Earvin Charles Cabalquinto, Guy Wood-Bradley. "Migrant platformed subjectivity: rethinking the mediation of transnational affective economies via digital connectivity services." (pp. 787-802) 
  • Beatrice Zani. "WeChat, we sell, we feel: Chinese women's emotional petit capitalism. (pp. 803-820)

For more information and access, see here.


Special Issue: 

 Migration and Mobility in a Digital Age: 

(Re)Mapping Connectivity and Belonging

Guest editor: Sandra Ponzanesi
Television and New Media, 20(6), 2019: 547-648


This special issue charts new directions in digital media and migration studies from a gendered, postcolonial, and multidisciplinary perspective. In particular, the focus is on the ways in which the experience of displacement is resignified and transformed by new digital affordances from different vantage points, engaging with recent developments in datafication, visualization, biometric technologies, platformization, securitization, and extended reality (XR) as part of a drastically changed global mediascape. This issue explores the role of new media technologies in rethinking the dynamics of migration and globalization by focusing in particular on the role of migrant users as “connected” and active participants, as well as “screened” and subject to biometric datafication, visualization, and surveillance  With contributions from:

Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University):
Arjun Appadurai (New York University):  
Roopika Risam (Salem State University):  
Mirca Madianou (Goldsmiths, University of London):  
Myria Georgiou (LSE):  
Radha S. Hegde (NYU): 
Joost Raessens (Utrecht University):  

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Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe

Critics, Artists, Movements, and their Publics

Edited by Sandra Ponzanesi and Adriano José Habed

London, Rowman and Littlefield International, 2018

Postcolonial intellectuals have engaged with and deeply impacted upon European society since the figure of the intellectual emerged at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Yet a critical assessment and overview of their influential roles is long overdue, particularly in the light of contemporary debates in Europe and beyond.

This book offers an innovative take on the role of intellectuals in Europe through a postcolonial lens and, in doing so, questions the very definition of "public intellectual," on the one hand, and the meaning of such a thing as "Europe," on the other. It does so not only by offering portraits of charismatic figures such as Stuart Hall, Jacques Derrida, Antonio Gramsci, Frantz Fanon, and Hannah Arendt, among others, but also by exploring their lasting legacies and the many dialogues they have generated. The notion of the ‘classic’ intellectual is further challenged by bringing to the fore artists, writers, and activists, as well as social movements, networks, and new forms of mobilization and collective engagement that are part of the intellectual scene.   
With a preface by Engin Isin, Intervention by Gayatri Spivak and Afterword by Bruce Robbins

PART 1: Portraits of the Intellectual
PART 2: Reinterpretations and Dialogues 
PART 3: Writers, Artists and Activists 
PART 4: Intellectual Movements and Networks


Here postcolonial perspectives sequence into a heterogeneity of cultural and political practices that rework the archives of the West in another key, critically challenging the continuing colonial formation of thepresent.

Iain Chambers, Professor of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies at the Oriental University in Naples

Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe offers a refreshing new set of perspectives on the engagement of intellectuals in questions of colonial history and postcolonial politics in contemporary Europe. Far from acquiescing to the oft-repeated affirmation that the intellectual is dead, the volume displays the reinvention and reinvigoration of intellectual work in the twenty-first century at the same time as it lucidly articulates its ambiguities and tensions.
Jane Hiddleston, Professor of Literatures in French, University of Oxford

Ponzanesi and Habed have given us that rare gift in trying times: a wide-ranging and broadly comparative examination of the significance of the work of postcolonial scholars and public thinkers in debates on the various problems that afflict Europe today. Providing us with signposts and fresh research agendas, Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe will prove to be one of the most innovative volumes on the question of postcolonial scholarship in a very long time.
Ato Quayson, Professor of English, University of Toronto

This is a fascinating and timely book. Anticolonial Lebanese princes and West Indian revolutionary black Marxists, thinkers like Arendt and Derrida and contemporary social movements, artistic activists and writers like Rushdie stage engaging and often displacing dialogues across the pages of Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe. And the “postcolonial intellectual” becomes a prism that allows us to rethink at the same time both “Europe” and “the postcolonial.” Opening up new angles on a politics of liberation in these hard times.
Sandro Mezzadra, Associate Professor of Political Theory, University of Bologna

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Special issue:
Connected Migrants: Cosmopolitanism and Encapsulation
Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi (guest editors)
Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, Vol. 16 (1)
With a preface from Zygmunt Bauman
Introduction Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi
For all articles by  Saskia Witteborn; Alexander Dhoest, Myria Georgiou, Roopika Risam, Sanjay Sharma & Jasbinder Nijjar see:

This special issue of Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture features digital migration research as first presented during the Connected Migrants Academy Colloquium and Masterclasses that took place December 14–16, 2016, at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi organised the colloquium and they are guest editors for the special issue on connected migrants.  
Taking a cue from Dana Diminescu’s seminal manifesto on “the connected migrant,” this special issue introduces the notions of encapsulation and cosmopolitanism to understand digital migration studies. The pieces here present a nonbinary, integrated notion of an increasingly digitally mediated cosmopolitanism that accommodates differences within but also recognizes Europe’s colonial legacy and the fraught postcolonial present.
Of special interest is an essay by the late Zygmunt Bauman, who argues that the messy boundaries of Europe require a renewed vision of cosmopolitan Europe, based on dialogue and aspirations, rather than on Eurocentrism and universal values. In the introductory article, we focus on three overarching discussions informing this special issue: (a) an appreciation of the so-called “refugee crisis” and the articulation of conflicting Europeanisms, (b) an understanding of the relationships between the concepts of cosmopolitanization and encapsulation, and (c) a recognition of the emergence of the interdisciplinary field of digital migration studies.


The Internet and Formations of Iranian American-ness: Next Generation Diaspora ( 2017)

Donya Alinejad 
Palgrave Macmillan 

This book explores how the children of Iranian immigrants in the US utilize the internet and develop digital identities. Taking Los Angeles—the long-time media and cultural center of Iranian diaspora—as its ethnographic field site, it investigates how various web platforms are embedded within the everyday social, cultural, and political lives of second generation Iranian Americans. Donya Alinejad unpacks contemporary diasporic belonging through her discussion of the digital mediation of race, memory, and long-distance engagement in the historic Iranian Green Movement. The book argues that web media practices have become integral to Iranian American identity formation for this generation, and introduces the notion of second-generation “digital styles” to explain how specific web applications afford new stylings of diaspora culture. 

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Revoltes in de Cultuurkritiek (2017)

Rosemarie Buikema
Amsterdam University Press

In Revoltes in de cultuurkritiek staat de relatie tussen kunst en politieke transitie centraal. Van Virginia Woolf en Louis Couperus, tot aan Marlene van Niekerk en William Kentridge hebben kunstenaars en intellectuelen zich de afgelopen anderhalve eeuw gebogen over de vraag: hoe moeten we omgaan met een erfenis van uitsluiting en onderdrukking? Aan de hand van concrete kunstwerken demonstreert Rosemarie Buikema welke antwoorden op deze vraag geformuleerd zijn. Zij laat zien hoe kunst iets nieuws in gang kan zetten en sociale en culturele verhoudingen duurzaam kan veranderen. Zo kan kunst fungeren als een effectieve vorm van cultuurkritiek. Steeds opnieuw blijkt dat vernieuwingen en omwentelingen in kunst en maatschappij de meeste kans van slagen hebben als zij zich niet als een radicale breuk met het verleden presenteren (revolutie), maar als een proces waarin de kennis over het verleden wordt onderzocht, aangevuld, gecorrigeerd en/of omgebogen (revolte). Rosemarie Buikema is hoogleraar kunst, cultuur en diversiteit aan de Universiteit Utrecht.

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Now also available in paperback: The Postcolonial Cultural Industry - Icons, Markets, Mythologies (2014)

Sandra Ponzanesi 
Palgrave Macmillan
SBN 978-1-349-44488-5 

The book The Postcolonial Cultural Industry - Icons, Markets, Mythologies (2014) is now also available in paperback. The Postcolonial Cultural Industry makes a timely intervention into the field of postcolonial studies by unpacking its relation to the cultural industry. It unearths the role of literary prizes, the adaptation industry and the marketing of ethnic bestsellers as new globalization strategies that connect postcolonial artworks to the market place. 

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Paperback issue available of 'Gender, Globalization and Violence'

Sandra Ponzanesi (ed.)

The book Gender, Globalization and Violence. Postcolonial Conflict Zones is now available as paperback. This wide-ranging collection of essays elaborates on some of the most pressing issues in contemporary postcolonial society in their transition from conflict and contestation to dialogue and resolution. It explores from new angles questions of violent conflict, forced migration, trafficking and deportation, human rights, citizenship, transitional justice and cosmopolitanism.

ISBN: 9781138283046
Publication date: 31 October 2016

Special issue Transnational Cinemas: Postcolonial Cinemas in Europe. Migration, Identity and Spatiality in Film Genres

Guest editors: Sandra Ponzanesi and Verena Berger 
Volume 7, Issue 2, 2016 (Taylor and Francis) 

Transnational migration and questions of identity are amongst the most powerful forces of social transformation in contemporary Europe. Hence, representations of migrant, exilic and diasporic experiences as well as the dynamics of postmodern multiculturalism have assumed a prominent position over the past three decades in European mainstream and art house cinema. Located between national, transnational and global modes of production, distribution and reception, these films not only rely on the colonial heritage of Europe’s past, but also on its present-day socio-political and cultural influences. 

Consequently, both the narration and aesthetics of the so-called ‘postcolonial cinema’ deal with the waves of migrants from Latin America, Africa and Asia moving into the European Union, with inclusion, exclusion and pluriethnicity as well as with modalities of representation and politics of encounter. Therefore the contributions in this special issue reflect three main key aspects (Europe, postcolonialism, and cinema) which are not separated terms but intertwined and connected with one an other in multiple ways, inflecting and generating a plurality of nuances. Read the introduction online (open access).

Postcolonial Transitions in Europe. Contexts, Practices and Politics
Edited by Sandra Ponzanesi & Gianmaria Colpani
London, Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016

Is the notion of postcolonial Europe an oxymoron? How do colonial pasts inform the emergence of new subjectivities and political frontiers in contemporary Europe? Postcolonial Transitions in Europe explores these questions from different theoretical, geopolitical and media perspectives. Drawing from the interdisciplinary tools of postcolonial critique, this book contests the idea that Europe developed within clear-cut geographical boundaries. It examines how experiences of colonialism and imperialism continue to be constitutive of the European space and of the very idea of Europe. By approaching Europe as a complex political space, the chapters investigate topical concerns around its politics of inclusion and exclusion towards migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, as well as its take on internal conflicts, transitions and cosmopolitan imaginaries. With a foreword by Paul Gilroy.
Postcolonial Transitions in Europe is an extremely important and timely intervention into academic and public debates around the continent’s identity, its past, present and future. The volume offers rigorous and original scholarship that draws on a broad range of sources from popular culture to migration policies and ethnographic research. Its authors demonstrate how the concept of postcoloniality can be mobilized to productively address legacies of violence and inequality that have so far remained woefully undertheorized, while also pointing to more equitable ways for Europe to define itself and its place in the world. The accessible and thought-provoking interrogation of issues that will only become more pressing in the future make this an indispensible resource for anyone interested in what a postcolonial Europe might be.
This beautiful collection of essays, presenting and surpassing the state of the art in postcolonial thinking about Europe’s troubled identity in the early 21st Century, makes it possible for us to understand the combined effects of cycles now meeting with their simultaneous ends: eurocentrism, nation-building and collective identification through stable borders. Clearly Europeis the Post-Colony par excellence. It could have invented a new, equalitarian Cosmopolitanism. Or will it? The authors ask this burning question through investigation and imagination.
Postcolonial Transitions in Europe is the bold attempt to unmask the colonial logic viciously at work, still today, within Europe itself. When crises and austerity have become system of governance; when neo-nationalisms, neo-racisms, and the policing of borders are trumpeted as the only alternative, this book has the courage to offer a new sense of orientation for a continent adrift.

Postcolonial Transitions in Europe is an extremely important and timely intervention into academic and public debates around the continent’s identity, its past, present and future. The volume offers rigorous and original scholarship that draws on a broad range of sources from popular culture to migration policies and ethnographic research. Its authors demonstrate how the concept of postcoloniality can be mobilized to productively address legacies of violence and inequality that have so far remained woefully undertheorized, while also pointing to more equitable ways for Europe to define itself and its place in the world. The accessible and thought-provoking interrogation of issues that will only become more pressing in the future make this an indispensible resource for anyone interested in what a postcolonial Europe might be.
Fatima El-Tayeb, Professor of Literature, University of California San Diego, author of European Others.
This beautiful collection of essays, presenting and surpassing the state of the art in postcolonial thinking about Europe’s troubled identity in the early 21st Century, makes it possible for us to understand the combined effects of cycles now meeting with their simultaneous ends: eurocentrism, nation-building and collective identification through stable borders. Clearly Europeis the Post-Colony par excellence. It could have invented a new, equalitarian Cosmopolitanism. Or will it? The authors ask this burning question through investigation and imagination.
Etienne Balibar, author of We, the People of Europe?
Postcolonial Transitions in Europe is the bold attempt to unmask the colonial logic viciously at work, still today, within Europe itself. When crises and austerity have become system of governance; when neo-nationalisms, neo-racisms, and the policing of borders are trumpeted as the only alternative, this book has the courage to offer a new sense of orientation for a continent adrift.
Robert Dainotto, author of Europe (in Theory).

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‘The Point of Europe’
Special issue
Interventions. International Journal of Postcolonial Studies
Sandra Ponzanesi (Guest Editor)
Volume 18 Issue 2

The point of Europe is a paradox that undermines the idea of Europe as a historical project based on singularity and exceptionalism while subscribing to the future of Europe as a location for hope and cosmopolitan solidarity. This special issue focuses, accordingly, on this double take by bringing together the complementary and synergizing expertise of postcolonial scholars who work across different disciplinary fields such as comparative literature, conflict studies, human rights, memory studies and international relations, as well as the arts, visual culture, music and cinema. The goal of this special issue is to assess current postcolonial transitions through an ability to acknowledge the workings of the past and to rethink Europe as a new possible cosmopolitan space, yet rooted in its distinctive genealogy.


  • Sandra Ponzanesi, The Point of Europe: Postcolonial Entanglements
  • Étienne Balibar, Europe at the Limits
  • Bruce Robbins, Prolegomena to a Cosmopolitanism in Deep Time
  • Gurminder K. Bhambra, Whither Europe? Postcolonial versus Neocolonial Cosmopolitanism
  • Paulo de Medeiros, Post-imperial Nostalgia and Miguel Gomes’ Tabu
  • Sandra Ponzanesi, On the Waterfront. Truth and Fiction in Postcolonial Cinema from the South of Europe
  • Kristín Loftsdóttir, International Development and the Globally Concerned European Subject
  • The Revolt of the Object
  • Rosemarie Buikema, Animated Drawings and the Colonial Archive: William Kentridge's Black Box Theatre
  • Birgit Kaiser & Kathrin Thiele, Other Headings. Ben Jelloun, Derrida, Sansal and the Critique of Europe

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‘Digital Crossings in Europe’
Special issue

Edited by Koen Leurs & Sandra Ponzanesi
Volume 5 Number 1
Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture

On digital crossings in Europe’ explores the entanglements of digital media and migration beyond the national and mono-ethnic focus. We argue how borders, identity and affectivity have been destabilized and reconfigured through medium-specific technological affordances, opting for a comparative and postcolonial framework that focuses on diversity in conjunction with cosmopolitan aspirations. Internet applications make it possible to sustain new forms of diaspora and networks, which operate within and beyond Europe, making issues of ethnicity, nationality, race and class not obsolete but transformed. It is therefore important and timely to analyse how these reconfigurations take place and affect everyday life. Using a critical approach to digital tools that avoids utopian notions of connectivity and borderlessness, this article highlights the dyssymmetries and tensions produced by the ubiquitousness of digital connectivity. It further introduces the different contributions to the special issue, making connections and tracing relations among themes and methods and sketching main patterns for further research. It also offers a panorama of other related studies and projects in the field, which partake in a critical reassessment of the enabling power of digital media and their divisive implications for new forms of surveillance, online racism and ‘economic’ inequality, which we gather under the heading of postcolonial digital humanities.


''On digital crossings in Europe''
Sandra Ponzanesi and Koen Leurs 3–22
''Traces of dispersion: Online media and diasporic identities''
Dana Diminescu and Benjamin Loveluck 23–39
''No apologies for cross‑posting: European trans-media space and the digital circuitries of racism''
Gavan Titley 41–55
''The migration industry of connectivity services: A critical discourse approach to the Spanish case in a European perspective''
Cecilia Gordano Peile 57–71
''Forced migrants, emotive practice and digital heterotopia''
Saskia Witteborn 73–85
''The politics of transnational affective capital: Digital connectivity among young Somalis stranded in Ethiopia''
Koen Leurs 87–104
''Young African Norwegian women and diaspora: Negotiating identity and community through digital social networks''
Henry Mainsah 105–119
''Privileged Mexican migrants in Europe: Distinctions and cosmopolitanism on social networking sites''
Lorena Nessi and Olga Guedes Bailey 121–137
''Ethnicity in digital crossroads. Understanding processes of cultural thickening in a mediatized world''
Cigdem Bozdag 139–152
''Modes of self-representation: Visualized identities of former Yugoslav migrant women in the Netherlands''
Jasmijn Van Gorp 153–171
''Diasporas and new media: Connections, identities, politics and affect''
Eugenia Siapera 173–178
''Diasporas in the New Media Age: Identity, Politics and Community'', A. Alonso and A. Oiarzabal (eds) (2010)
''Digital Diasporas: Identity and Transnational Engagement'', J. Brinkerhoff (2009)
''Migration and New Media: Transnational Families and Polymedia'', M. Madianou and D. Miller (2012)
''Diaspora Online: Identity Politics and Romanian Migrants'', R. Trandafoiu (2013)
Book Review
''Media and the City: Cosmopolitanism and Difference'', Myria Georgiou (2013)
Eunike Piwoni 179–181

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Gender, Globalization, and Violence.
Postcolonial Conflict Zones
Edited by Sandra Ponzanesi
New York, Routledge, 2014

This wide-ranging collection of essays elaborates on some of the most pressing issues in contemporary postcolonial society in their transition from conflict and contestation to dialogue and resolution. It explores from new angles questions of violent conflict, forced migration, trafficking and deportation, human rights, citizenship, transitional justice and cosmopolitanism. The volume focuses more specifically on the gendering of violence from a postcolonial perspective as it analyses unique cases that disrupt traditional visions of violence by including the history of empire and colony, and its legacies that continue to influence present-day configurations of gender, race, nationality, class and sexuality. Part One maps out the gendered and racialized contours of conflict zones, from war zones, prisons and refugee camps to peacekeeping missions and humanitarian aid, reframing the field and establishing connections between colonial legacies and postcolonial dynamics. Part Two explores how these conflict zones are played out not just outside but also within Europe, demonstrating that multicultural Europe is fraught with different legacies of violence and postcolonial melancholia. Part Three gives an idea of the kind of future that can be offered to post-conflict societies, defined as contact zones, by exploring opportunities for dialogue, restoration and reconciliation that can be envisaged from a gendered and postcolonial perspective through alternative feminist practices and the work of art and their redemptive power in mobilizing social change or increasing national healing processes. Though strongly anchored in postcolonial critique, the chapters draw from a range of traditions and expertise, including conflict studies, gender theory, visual studies, (new) media theory, sociology, race theory, international security studies and religion studies.


Introduction: New Frames of Gendered Violence Sandra Ponzanesi Part I: Conflict Zones: Colonial Haunting and Contested Sovereignties 1. Neoliberal Discourses on Violence: Monstrosity and Rape in Borderland War Jolle Demmers 2. Thin Ice: Postcoloniality and Sexuality in the Politics of Citizenship and Military Service Vron Ware 3. American Humanitarian Citizenship: The "Soft" Power of Empire Inderpal Grewal 4. Female Suicide Bombers and the Politics of Gendered Militancy Sandra Ponzanesi Part II: European Frictions: Memories, Migration and Citizenship 5. Uses and Abuses of Gender and Nationality: Torture and the French-Algerian War Christine Quinan 6. Migrating Sovereignties and Mirror States: From Eritrea to L'Aquila Marguerite Waller 7. Doing "Integration" in Europe: Postcolonial Frictions in the Making of Citizenship Marc de Leeuw and Sonja van Wichelen 8. Coffin Exchange Paulo de Medeiros Part III: Contact Zones: Transitional Justice, Reconciliation and Cosmopolitanism 9. "Invisible Wars": Gendered Terrorism in the US Military and the Juárez Feminicidio. Alicia Arrizón 10. Political Transitions and the Arts: The Performance of (Post-)Colonial Leadership in Philip Miller’s Cantata REwind and in Wim Botha’s Portrait Busts. Rosemarie Buikema 11. Justice by Any Means Necessary: Vigilantism Among Indian Women Aaronette White and Shagun Rastogi 12. On Love and Shame: Two Photographs of Female Protesters Marta Zarzycka13. Rethinking the "Arab Spring" Through the Postsecular: Gender Entanglements, Social Media and the Religion/Secular Divide Eva Midden 

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The Postcolonial Culture Industry
Icons, Markets, Mythologies
Sandra Ponzanesi
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

The Postcolonial Cultural Industry makes a much needed intervention into the field of postcolonial studies by unpacking its relation to the cultural industry. It analyses cultural productions not as aesthetic objects, or as pure disposable commodities, but as 'practices' that engage the local and the global in specific ways. Starting from Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer's critical notion of the cultural industry, the book moves toward a more contemporary understanding of the cultural industry as a site of co-production, co-shaping and conflict between producers and consumers, marketing experts, readers and audiences, in order to arrive at a more dynamic and paradoxical take on the cultural industry as a cultural field, imbibed concomitantly by economic, political and aesthetic motifs. It explores how institutions such as literary prizes have influenced the level of production, consumption and distribution of postcolonial texts, how the adaptation industry has contributed to the economy of prestige and how ethnic feminist bestsellers convey new issues around postfeminism and the rearticulation of race, ethnicity, class and neo-liberal capitalism in local and transnational contexts.
By connecting cultural analysis to marketing strategies and theories of globalization this book offers an invaluable contribution to the field of postcolonial studies, film studies, migration studies, gender studies, cultural studies and critical theory, among others.

1. The Postcolonial Cultural Industry: Notes on Theory and Practice
2. Literary Prizes and the Award Industry
3. Boutique Postcolonialism: Cultural Value and the Canon
4. Advertising the Margins: Translation and Minority Cultures
5. The Adaptation Industry. The Cultural Economy of Postcolonial Film Adaptations
6. Postcolonial Chick Lit: Postfeminism or Consumerism?

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Transnational and Cross-Cultural Exchanges in (Post)Colonial Education
Edited by Barnita Bagchi, Eckhardt Fuchs and Kate Rousmaniere
Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2014

The history of education in the modern world is a history of transnational and cross-cultural influence. This collection explores those influences in (post) colonial and indigenous education across different geographical contexts. The authors emphasize how local actors constructed their own adaptation of colonialism, identity, and autonomy, creating a multi-centric and entangled history of modern education. In both formal as well as informal aspects, they demonstrate that transnational and cross-cultural exchanges in education have been characterized by appropriation, re-contextualization, and hybridization, thereby rejecting traditional notions of colonial education as an export of pre-existing metropolitan educational systems.

Two excerpts from the book can be read at the Berghahn Books blog: first, excerpts from the Introduction by Barnita Bagchi, Eckhardt Fuchs, and Kate Rousmaniere

and second, excerpts from Mary Hilton’s chapter “A Transcultural Transaction: William Carey’s Baptist Mission, the Monitorial Method and the Bengali Renaissance,” which gives readers insight into the education system shared between Britain and Bengal in the early 19th century:

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Deconstructing EuropePostcolonial Perspectives
Edited by Sandra Ponzanesi and Bolette Blaagaard
London/New York, Routledge, 2012 (Paperback, 2013)

This book engages with the question of what makes Europe postcolonial and how memory, whiteness and religion figure in representations and manifestations of European ‘identity’ and self-perception. To deconstruct Europe is necessary as its definition is now contested more than ever, both internally (through the proliferation of ethnic, religious, regional differences) and externally (Europe expanding its boundaries but closing its borders).
This edited volume explores a number of theoretical discussions on the meaning of Europe and proposes analyzing some of the deeds committed, both today and in the past, in the name of Europe by foregrounding a postcolonial approach. To deconstruct Europe as a postcolonial place does not imply that Europe’s imperial past is over, but on the contrary that Europe’s idea of self, and of its polity, is still struggling with the continuing hold of colonialist and imperialist attitudes. The objective of this volume is to account for historical legacies which have been denied, forgotten or silenced, such as the histories of minor and peripheral colonialisms (Nordic colonialisms or Austrian, Spanish and Italian colonialism) and to account for the realities of geographical margins within Europe, such as the Mediterranean and the Eastern border while tracing alternative models for solidarity and conviviality. The chapters deal with social and political formations as well as cultural and artistic practices drawing from different disciplinary backgrounds and methodological traditions. As such it creates an innovative space for comparative and cross-disciplinary exchanges.


Introduction: In the Name of Europe Sandra Ponzanesi and Bolette Blaagaard 
Part I: Outbound: Geographical Margins, Historical Cores 1. Negotiating White Icelandic Identity: Multicultural and Colonial Identity Formations Kristín Loftsdóttir 2. Asylum seekers as Austria’s Other: The re-emergence of Austria’s colonial past in a state-of-exception Brigitte Hipfl and Daniela Gronold 3. Spelling out exclusion in Southern Italy Claudia Buonaiuto and Marie-Hélène Laforest 4. Whose freedom? Whose memories?: Commemorating Danish colonialism in St Croix Bolette B. Blaagaard 
Part II: Deconstructing Europe: Conviviality and Invisibility 5. Europe in Motion: Migrant cinema and the politics of encounter Sandra Ponzanesi 6. Multiculturalism in a Selection of English and Spanish Fiction and Artworks L. López-Ropero and A. Moreno-Álvarez 7. Adrift on the Black Mediterranean Diaspora: African Migrant Writing in Spain Esther Sanchez-Pardo 8. "Rented spaces": Italian postcolonial literature Manuela Coppola 9. "Dubbing di Diaspora": Gender and Reggae Music inna Babylon Sonia Sabelli Coda: Workings of whiteness: Interview with Vron Ware Conducted by Bolette B. Blaagaard. 

Sandra Ponzanesi is Associate Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Critique in the Department of Media and Culture Studies/Gender Programme at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Among her publications are Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture (2004), Migrant Cartographies (2005) and Postcolonial Cinema Studies (2011). 

Bolette B. Blaagaard is Research fellow at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University London, UK. She has published articles and contributed to edited volumes on issues of Nordic colonialism and whiteness in the Nordic region as well as the ethics of journalistic practices, objectivity and freedom of speech.

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The Politics of the (Im)PossibleUtopia and Dystopia ReconsideredEdited by Barnita BagchiNew Delhi, SAGE India, 2012

This volume brings together articles on utopia and dystopia in a breadth of disciplines-history, literature, gender studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, and Native American Studies.
Utopia and dystopia are modes and resonances present in all parts of the world, not just Europe and white North America. Equally, utopian and dystopian thought and practice are and have always been gendered. Utopia, memory and temporality often intersect in strange and surprising ways.

Three dimensions are thus central to the enterprise undertaken in this volume:
1 The relationship between utopia/dystopia and time/memory
2 The focus on Europe and areas outside Europe at the same time
3 The gendered analysis of utopia/dystopia
Contributors to this volume include prominent experts in fields as varied as Development Studies, Cultural Studies, Women's Studies and Literature.

Utopia: Future and/or Alterity?Miguel Abensour
Echo of an Impossible Return: An Essay Concerning Fredric Jameson's Utopian Thought and Gathering and Hunting Social RelationsPeter Kulchyski
Radicalism in Early Modern England: Innovation or Reformation?Rachel Foxley
Dystopia, Utopia, and Akhtaruzzaman Elias's Novel KhowabnamSubhoranjan Dasgupta
Palestine: Land of UtopiasSonia Dayan-Herzbrun
'One Darling though Terrific Theme': Anna Wheeler and the Rights of WomenTheresa Moriarty
A Parliament of Women: Dystopia in Nineteenth-century Bengali ImaginationSamita Sen
'Empire Builder': A Utopian Alternative to Citizenship for Early 20th Century British 'Ladies'Martine Spensky
Ladylands and Sacrificial Holes: Utopias and Dystopias in Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain's WritingsBarnita Bagchi
Utopia in the Subjunctive Mood: Bessie Head's <i>When Rain Clouds GatherModhumita Roy
Globalization, Development and Resistance of Utopian Dreams to the Praxis of Dystopian UtopiaClaire Caloz-Tschopp

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Brazilian Postcolonialities
Guest editors
Emanuelle Santos and Patricia Schor
Issue 4, 2012
Photo credit: Adriana Varejão. Mapa de Lopo Homem II, 2004

This thematic issue of P: Portuguese Cultural Studies focuses on the interactions between critiques of colonialism and coloniality, and Brazilian studies. We have aimed at producing analyzes of Brazilian culture and society that address power imbalances and ideologies related to colonial expansion at current times of neo-liberal globalization. Our call for papers sought to elicit theoretical perspectives across disciplines well suited for an evaluation of Brazilian contemporaneity dedicated to its (re)thinking through fruitful (dis)encounters between Postcolonial theory and other critical traditions, namely from the South. We received excellent essays and have collected the most enticing in this issue.

Table of Contents:

Editorial NoteIntroductionPatricia Schor''Brazil Is Not Travelling Enough: On Postcolonial Theory and Analogous Counter-Currents''Interview with Ella Shohat and Robert Stam''Feminismo e Tradução Cultural: Sobre a Colonialidade do Género e a Descolonização do Saber''Claudia de Lima Costa''O Turista Aprendiz e o Outro: a(s) Identidade(s) Brasileira(s) em Trânsito''Kamila Krakowska''Brazilian Postcolonialism and Emerging South-South Relations: A View from Anthropology''Letícia Maria Costa da Nóbrega Cesarino''Sobre o Olhar do Narrador e seus Efeitos em Os Sertões e Cidade de Deus''Carolina Correia dos Santos''Not the Boy Next Door: An Essay on Exclusion and Brazilian Foreign Policy''Diego Santos Vieira de Jesus

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Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze
Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures
Edited by Lorna Burns and Birgit M. Kaiser
New York, Palgrave Macmillan 2012

A timely appraisal of two major schools of contemporary criticism, postcolonialism and Deleuzian philosophy, Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze establishes a new critical discourse for postcolonial literature and theory. It brings together prominent scholars from the field of Deleuze studies such as Réda BensmaIa, Bruce Janz and Gregg Lambert, some of whom explore the possibilities of Deleuze for postcolonial literatures for the first time in this collection, and established postcolonial critics including David Huddart and Nick Nesbitt, who examine the relationship between different postcolonial literary writers and the Deleuzian concepts of becoming, minor literature, singularity and the virtual. Responding to one of the most trenchant critiques of postcolonialism and Deleuze in recent years, Peter Hallward's Absolutely Postcolonial, the essays showcased in this collection demonstrate that despite the criticisms that have followed the poststructuralist-inspired postcolonialism of the mid-1980s to mid-1990s, it is through the philosophy of Deleuze that the revisionary force of postcolonial literature for society and the imagination, politics and aesthetics may be reconceived anew. Where postcolonial studies to date has been primarily concerned with the politics and analysis of representation, Deleuze's work focuses on difference, immanence, expression, and becoming, all of which problematise representation as a logic closely bound to 'identity'. Yet, beyond these apparent incompatibilities, this collection argues that at a fundamental level Deleuze's commitment to a philosophy of difference without binary divisions and 'othering', his imagining of a new understanding of the relationship between past, present and future, as well as the value of his notions of becoming and the virtual, offer a set of critical concepts that, when applied to postcolonial theory and literatures, inspire a rethinking of the key issues that have come to dominate the field. Employing Deleuze in the study of postcolonial literatures, this collection, on the one hand, reinvigorates a mode of analysis at a time at which it is increasingly subject to criticism and re-evaluation, and, on the other, to make more visible questions and issues that have been little explored by Deleuze scholars. 

Introduction: Navigating Differential Futures; (Un)making Colonial Pasts; L.Burns & B.M.KaiserPART I: DETERITORIALIZING DELEUZE, RETHINKING POSTCOLONIALISM
Forget Deleuze; B.B.JanzThe Bachelor-Machine and The Postcolonial Writer; G.LambertThe World With(out) Others, or How to Unlearn the Desire for the Other; K.ThieleEdward Said Between Singular and Specific; D.HuddartDeleuze, Hallward, and the Transcendental Analytic of Relation; N.NesbittPART II: THE SINGULARITY OF POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURES
The Singularities of Postcolonial Literature: Preindividual (hi)stories in Mohammed Dib's 'Northern Trilogy'; B.M.Kaiser Postcolonialism Beyond the Colonized and the Colonizer: Caribbean Writing as Postcolonial 'Health'; L.BurnsBecoming-animal, Becoming-political in Rachid Boudjedra's L'Escargot Entêté; R.Bensmaia, translated by P.KrusRevolutionizing Pleasure in Writing: Subversive Desire and Micropolitical Affects in Nalo Hopkinson's The Salt Roads; M.MarinkovaUndercurrents and the Desert(ed): Negarestani, Tournier and Deleuze Map the Polytics of a 'New Earth'; R.Dolphijn  
Afterword Postcolonial Deleuze; R.Braidotti
LORNA BURNS Lecturer in English at the University of Lincoln, UK. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and has taught at the University of Glasgow. She is author of the forthcoming Contemporary Caribbean Writing and Deleuze: Literature Between Postcolonialism and Post-continental Philosophy (Continuum, 2012). 
BIRGIT KAISER teaches Comparative Literature at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She is the author of Figures of Simplicity. Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville (Albany 2011).

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Postcolonial Cinema Studies
Edited by Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller
London/New York, Routledge, 2011

This collection of essays foregrounds the work of filmmakers in theorizing and comparing postcolonial conditions, recasting debates in both cinema and postcolonial studies. Postcolonial cinema is presented, not as a rigid category, but as an optic through which to address questions of postcolonial historiography, geography, subjectivity, and epistemology.
Current circumstances of migration and immigration, militarization, economic exploitation, racial and religious conflict, enactments of citizenship, and cultural self-representation have deep roots in colonial/postcolonial/neocolonial histories. Contributors deeply engage the tense asymmetries bequeathed to the contemporary world by the multiple,diverse, and overlapping histories of European, Soviet, U.S., and multi-national imperial ventures. With interdisciplinary expertise, they discover and explore the conceptual temporalities and spatialities of postcoloniality, with an emphasis on the politics of form, the ‘postcolonial aesthetics’ through which filmmakers challenge themselves and their viewers to move beyond national and imperial imaginaries.


"Postcolonial Cinema Studies will be a major contribution to postcolonial research and cinematic scholarship and is on the "leading edge" of its field." Dr Imogen Tyler, Lancaster University, UK

"Postcolonial Cinema Studies argues that current experiences of migration, economic exploitation, militarization, racial and religious conflicts, and tensions between citizens and non-citizens are haunted by colonial and neocolonial histories globally. Impressive in its scope and its attention to diverse cinematic dimensions, the book is an important intervention in cinema and postcolonial studies." Katarzyna Marciniak, Ohio University, USA

"This book is a significant contribution to the study of postcolonial cinema and beyond. Global in scope yet thorough in its rigorous investigation of specific case studies of national, transnational and glocal cinemas, this book will probably be considered one of the definitive texts on postcolonial cinema for many years to come." Yosefa Loshitzky, University of East London, UK

"Postcolonial Cinema Studies is an essential book that orchestrates an enriching dialogue between postcolonial studies and cinema studies, in ways that mutually illuminate both fields. Interdisciplinary and transnational, the volume goes beyond the usual Anglo-phone boundaries. Not only does it stretch the corpus of films to be studied, it also productively counterpoints theories, methodologies, and regions." Ella Shohat, New York University, USA and Robert Stam, Tisch School of the Arts, USA

Introduction, Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller
Part I Cinemas of Empire 1. Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema: Kif Tebbi, the Conquest of Libya, and the Assault on the Nomadic, Ruth Ben-Ghiat 2. Blackface, Faciality, and Colony Nostalgia in 1930s Empire Films, Julie Codell 3. The Socialist Historical Film: Nested Orientalisms, Anikó Imre  

Part II Postcolonial Cinemas: Unframing Histories 4. From ‘Over There’ to Inside: Camp de Thiaroye, The Battle of Algiers and Hidden, Hamish Ford 5. Fraught Frames: Fatima, l’algérienne de Dakar and Postcolonial Quandaries, Jude Akudinobi 6. Postcolonial Relationalities: Toulon, Oran, Mecca, and Palestine: Philippe Faucon's Dans la vie, Mireille Rosello 7. The Postcolonial Condition of "Indochinese" Cinema from Việt Nam, Cambodia and Laos, Mariam B. Lam

Part III Postcolonial Cinemas: Aesthetics 8. Spectral Postcoloniality: Lusophone Postcolonial Film and the Imaginary of the Nation, Paulo de Medeiros 9. The Aesthetics of Postcolonial Cinema in Raul Ruiz’s Three Crowns of the Sailor, Sabine Doran 10. The Postcolonial Circus: Maurizio Nichetti’s Luna e l’altra, Marguerite Waller 11. Postcolonial Adaptations: Gained and Lost in Translation, Sandra Ponzanesi 

Part IV Postcolonial Cinemas and Globalization 12. Unpeople: Postcolonial Reflections on Terror, Torture and Detention in Children of Men, Shohini Chaudhuri 13. Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding and the Transcoded Audiologic of Postcolonial Convergence, Kanika Batra and Richard Rice 14. Nollywood Films in Transit: The Globalization of Postcolonial African Cultural Productions, Claudia Hoffmann Postface: On Teaching Postcolonialism and Cinema, Interview with Priya Jaikumar conducted by Marguerite Waller

Sandra Ponzanesi is Associate Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Critique, department of Media and Culture Studies/Gender Programme at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Among her publications are Paradoxes of Post-colonial Culture (2004), Migrant Cartographies (2005) and Deconstructing Europe: Postcolonial Perspectives (Routledge, 2011).

Marguerite Waller is Professor of Women's Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Among her publications are Frontline Feminisms (Routledge, 2001), Federico Fellini (2002), Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization (2005), and The Wages of Empire (2007).

Contributors include: Jude G. Akudinobi, Kanika Batra, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Shohini Chaudhuri, Julie F. Codell, Sabine Doran, Hamish Ford, Claudia Hoffmann, Anikó Imre, Priya Jaikumar, Mariam B. Lam, Paulo de Medeiros, Sandra Ponzanesi, Richard Rice, Mireille Rosello and Marguerite Waller.

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Postcolonial Europe
Special issue

Edited by Graham Huggan
Journal Moving World. A Journal of Transnational Writing, Issue 11.2, 2011.

The issue is an output of the AHRC funded research network ‘Postcolonial Europe’

The papers included in the issue were presented at the Leeds workshop ‘Europe and the Rest. A Dialogue between Etienne Balibar and Zygmunt Bauman (May, 2009) and Utrecht conference on the ‘Idea of Europe. Occidentalism, Orientalism, and the idea of a Postcolonial Europe’ (October, 2009).

Volume 11 Issue 2 2011
ZYGMUNT BAUMAN, The Triple Challenge 7
ÉTIENNE BALIBAR, Ideas of Europe: Civilization and Constitution 12
PAUL GILROY, Shameful History: The Social Life of Races and
the Postcolonial Archive 19
SIMON GLENDINNING, ‘Europe, for example’ 35
LUISA PASSERINI, The Ethics of European Memory: What is to be Done? 48
MAX SILVERMAN, Hybrid Memory in the City 57
SANDRA PONZANESI, Europe Adrift: Rethinking Borders, Bodies, and
Citizenship from the Mediterranean 67
CORDULA LEMKE, Contesting Europe, Provincializing the World 77
MARGARET FETZER, Beyond the Textual Line: Walter Scott’s Postponing and
Post-scripting of ‘Authentic’ Scottishness 86
PAULO DE MEDEIROS, A Failure of the Imagination? Questions for a
Post-imperial Europe 91
JOHN MCLEOD, No End to Europe? Connecting Caledonias
in the South Pacific 102

Two Poems by Rakhshan Rizwa


Sharp blue eyes scrape against the spleen,
“They were Gastarbeiter, then
why didn’t they leave?”

“Are muslims polygamous everywhere — can you choose
between the camel-boy and the shepherd?
What is that language you speak — Arabic
or Middle Eastern?”

Times have changed, they say, this is a new Germany.
Twenty-first century stained, not fascist,
“We are not racist,” they declare
with much defensiveness.

“Dumme!” a drunk man
snarls at you on New Year’s.

There is no halal food in Cottbus, a woman
died —  it’s in the news — in Dresden
while her child played nearby. Her crime?
The piece of patterned fabric
on her head.

I can’t speak — dieses sprache —
“Two years? and still no German?”
The polite inquiry
forced down one’s throat
like the doctor’s scalpel,
I regurgitate German articles:
der, die, das, die, der, das.

The whole country is filling up its stories, its mind
with lies. In each window, even the polite potted plants
frighten. Is it me? The eternal foreigner afraid
of even the sidewalks of this new country, even the
sunlight bites.

I lay a slice of brot on my plate  
place Gouda cheese over it,
bite through the thick slice
of my loneliness.


In airy, pink chiffon, she mimics
Pakistani femininity
which is ideally
supposed to be
best kept
in gauze and stored
in a cool, dry place.

Uncle, aunty, chachi-
all sit like rooted tree stumps,
in the living room,
holding identical cups of elaichi chai.
She hears the crowing of birds outside,
her neighbour cussing at the colony chowkidar,
the petroleum cough of the retired colonel’s jeep,
the long-winded honk of the Shalimar express,
speeding past Cantt. station.

The chai is stale,
the conversation, slippery,
the aunties, incomprehensible.
Their lawn kurtas are stitched to perfection,
they speak of death and destruction,
love, loss, trauma, discrimination,
as if these were knitting patterns,
that could be happily exchanged,
over a slice of walnut cake.

Out of earshot, they say-
Did you ever see
such tired eyes?
That poor child.
Jet lagged.
Lives abroad
in a one-room flat.
Likely, cleans her own
She smells like subway and old ticket stubs,
she smells like metal rails,
she looks like the last passenger
on an empty train,
no, she won’t do.
she’s infected,
with too much

Rakhshan Rizwan was born in Lahore, Pakistan and then moved to Germany where she studied Literature and New Media. She completed her M.A in British, American and Postcolonial Studies from the University of Münster and is currently a Ph.D candidate at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. 
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