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

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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)

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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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