The Always Already of Anti-Blackness -- Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss Interviews Jaye Austin Williams

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The Minor on the Move : Doing Cosmopolitanisms

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Kylie Crane, Lucy Gasser, Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss, Anna von Rath


Edition Assemblage


Münster, Germany



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Critical Black Studies

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Taking up the figure of the cosmopolitan, the book moves beyond Eurocentric legacies of the term to trace densely interwoven histories of coloniality and cultural exchange. By engaging a wide array of academic and activist practices, the volume enables a productive consideration of how artistic testimony interrogates the rewritings of history. The notion of the minor speaks to the condition of those historically marginalized, and has of late reverberated in assessments of whiteness as innocent, fragile, and thus entitled to its historical privileges. The minor here is resituated as a critique against the underlying historicity of anti-blackness inherent to such concepts. The book’s discussions of mobility address gatekeeping and/as archiving by thinking through collaborative and institutionalised practices that work to engender, or restrict, movement. With a particular focus on transgressive practices and multiple positionalities, this volume collects critiques of structural inequalities and possible itineraries for redress. It will be a must-read for anyone interested in structural injustices in Germany, Europe and the world, in political practice, and in decolonizing modes of knowledge production.

“The paradigms of postcolonialism and cosmopolitanism have emerged in recent times offering different responses to similar questions, the most pertinent, perhaps, being: How do we, with our manifest differences, live together in the world?” (Gurminder Bhambra)

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