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.
Engin Isin / Intervention: Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Postcoloniality,
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak / Introduction: Postcolonial Intellectuals, European Publics, Adriano José Habed and Sandra Ponzanesi / PART 1: Portraits of the Intellectual / 1. Antonio Gramsci and Anti-colonial Internationalism, Neelam Srivastava / 2. Talking about a Revolution. C.L.R. James and Frantz Fanon, Jamila M. H. Mascat / 3. Edward Said’s Enduring Legacy: Disciplining Criticism, Pal Ahluwalia / 4. Feminisms of Colour in the Company of Stuart Hall, Yasmin Gunaratnam / PART 2: Reinterpretations and Dialogues / 5. Before Postcolonialism: Shakīb Arslān’s Response to Colonialism in the Interwar Years, Mehdi Sajid / 6. Hannah Arendt and Postcolonial Thought, Christopher J. Lee / 7. Jacques Derrida’s Three Moments of Postcoloniality and the Challenge of Settler Colonialism, Muriam Haleh Davis / 8. Rosi Braidotti and Paul Gilroy: Questions of Memory and Cosmopolitan Futures of Europe, Bolette B. Blagaard / PART 3: Writers, Artists and Activists / 9. Salman Rushdie: The Accidental Intellectual in the Mediascape, Ana Cristina Mendes / 10. ‘Not Merely in Symbol but in Reality’: Zadie Smith and the Aesthetic of the Intellectual, Jesse van Amelsvoort / 11. Anonymous Urban Disruptions – Exploring ‘Banksy’ as Artistic Activist and Social Critic, Tindra Thor / 12. #RhodesMustFall and the Curation of European Imperial Legacies, Rosemarie Buikema / PART 4: Intellectual Movements and Networks / 13. Strange Fruits: Queer of Color Intellectual Labor in the Netherlands in the 1980s and 1990s, Gianmaria Colpani and Wigbertson Julian Isenia / 14. Radical Equality and the Politics of the Anonym: A Counter-discourse toward Postcolonial Europe, Sudeep Dasgupta / 15. Killjoy Movements, Leila Whitley / 16. Hacking the European Refugee Crisis? Data Activism and Human Rights, Koen Leurs / Afterword: Bruce Robbins / Index / About the Contributors
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.
Sandra Ponzanesi is Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Adriano José Habed, International Institute of Social History, The Netherlands