Sunday, June 21, 2020

"Rebellion as a pedagogical text"

In "Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent", Priyamvada Gopal interprets "rebellion [...] as a pedagogical text" with which "the colonizers [...] must learn from the colonized." While at this point in her book she is discussing the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny in India and its influence on British dissent against the nineteenth-century British imperial project, the pedagogical effect of rebellion connects with the proliferation of anti-racist reading lists in the United States and abroad as part of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations after the murder of George Floyd. Finally, White Americans are at least considering the idea of listening to African-American stories to learn about our own implication in systematic racism. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 21 June)

No comments: