Unsettling Knowledge Podcast

From the Dutch ‘rijsttafel’ to contested street names, from the Eurovision Song Contest to sports and racism, the new "Unsettling Knowledge" podcast reflects on how empire and colonization have shaped contemporary society and culture. 

 

Together, hosts Dr Rachel Gillett and Dr Matthijs Kuipers, speak with scholars, community members, and experts, to uncover traces of empire in the present and confront controversial topics head on with those involved. 

Episode 5 - Behind the Book: ‘Visions of African Unity’
 

In this episode, host Dr. Rachel Gillett discusses the new publication titled “Visions of African Unity” with editors Dr. Frank Gerits, Dr. Matteo Grilli, and chapter contributor Dr. Onianwa Oluchukwu Ignatus. The edited volume sheds light on the long history of African unification. Chapters written by scholars from a range of disciplines show how ideas of African unity shaped Cold War and African liberation struggles. Our conversation in this episode reflects on the process of the book’s development, delving into concepts of ‘Pan-Africanism,’ and ‘Afro-Optimism.’ We discuss the experience of accessing important archives and weigh in on whether African Unity is possible.

Visions of African Unity: New Perspectives on the History of Pan-Africanism and African Unification Projects is out now! https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030529109

Dr. Frank Gerits is Assistant Professor in the History of International Relations at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on the diplomatic history of territories that were formerly colonised. He previously held postdoctoral positions at New York University, USA, and the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

 

Dr. Matteo Grilli is a postdoctoral fellow in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He specializes in decolonization and Pan-Africanism and is also working on the history of European migrations in Africa. He is the author of Nkrumaism and African Nationalism: Ghana’s Pan-African Foreign Policy in the Age of Decolonization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

 

Dr. Onianwa Oluchukwu Ignatus is an independent researcher and member of the Research Team Routledge Encyclopaedia of African Studies. Graduate of the University of Ibadan, his research focuses on Diplomatic History, War and Peace, Military History, and the Nigerian Civil War. He is author of Chapter 8 in Visions of African Unity titled ‘In Between the Cold War Politics: The OAU Consultative Committee and Anglo-American Diplomacy in the Nigerian Civil War, 1967–1970.’

ABOUT
Brought to you by the UGlobe Decolonisation Group
Hosted by Rachel Gillett
Music by CarlosCarty (CC-BY-3.0)
Production assistance from Edan Simpson and Malina Yallanki
Special thanks to our guests Dr. Frank Gerits, Dr. Matteo Grilli, and Dr. Onianwa Oluchuckwu Ignatus. 

Episode 4 - The History of Racism: Teaching during the #BLM Movement

 

In 2020, the murder of George Floyd by a police officer evoked a mass public response in the U.S. and beyond. It sparked global protests against police brutality and against racist violence. Local anti-racist movements and campaigns throughout Europe called on their communities, gathered support and worked in solidarity with #BLM groups in a wave of protests and actions. One result was to expose the invisibility of discussions of racism and racialisation in national education systems and call for educators to address these topics and conversations in the European context.

In this episode Rachel and Matthijs reflect on the experience of teaching a course on the history of racism, during the peak of 2020's #BLM protests. They do so in conversation with student guest Stuart Duncan, and with contributions from other students in that class.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Why is teaching about the history of racism so important? How do we give space to current social injustices surrounding race within the classroom? How do students feel about their educational experience of learning about racism?

BONUS
Check out our additional episode to hear more voices from our students about their experience studying the history of racism during the Black Lives Matter movement.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Charleston Syllabus: A diverse reading resource for teachers and students to learn more about the history of racial violence with insight into global white supremacy, black resistance, and racial identities. https://www.aaihs.org/resources/charlestonsyllabus/

  • The Black Curriculum: A social enterprise that aims to deliver Black history by providing a curriculum and free licensable resources for schools. https://theblackcurriculum.com/

 

ABOUT
Brought to you by the UGlobe Decolonisation Group
Hosted by Rachel Gillett and Matthijs Kuipers
Sound by Stephan Venmans
Music by CarlosCarty (CC-BY-3.0)
Production assistance from Edan Simpson and Malina Yallanki
Special thanks to our student guests especially Stuart Duncan, Ruben Vogel, Jonas Schiffer, and Niamh Munglani.


Episode 3 - Anticolonialism and Pandemics


Pandemics are often thought to be 'great levellers', but as the current coronavirus shows us, they don't hit people equally. In this episode, we explore two historical cases where pandemics, and the fight against them, were intertwined with colonial and anticolonial politics. Rachel brings forward the case of Te Puea, a Maori leader who became a nationwide beloved figure in New Zealand during the outbreak of Spanish Flu in 1918/1919. Matthijs recounts the story of Indonesian nationalist and anticolonial leader Tjipto Mangoenkoesoemo, who was employed as a 'native doctor' during the 1910 plague in Java.



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ABOUT
Brought to you by the UGlobe Decolonisation Group
Hosted by Rachel Gillett and Matthijs Kuipers
Sound by Stephan Venmans
Music by CarlosCarty (CC-BY-3.0)

Episode 2 - Racism in Football 


Why is racism so rampant in football? Why did recent cases spark more reactions than usual? And what's wrong with the monkeys in an Italian anti-racism campagin? We discuss these questions with guests John Oliveira and Irene Blum.

 

MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

ABOUT
Brought to you by the UGlobe Decolonisation Group
Hosted by Rachel Gillett and Matthijs Kuipers
Sound by Stephan Venmans
Music by CarlosCarty (CC-BY-3.0)

Episode 1 - INDO-DUTCH CUISINE  

 

What is the difference between the Indonesian and Indo-Dutch restaurants you see in The Netherlands? What role does food play in the Indo-Dutch community? And what has colonial history to do with it? We discuss these questions with guests Jeff Keasberry and Josina Heuvelsland.


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ABOUT
Brought to you by the UGlobe Decolonisation Group: www.decolonisationgroup.com/
Hosted by Rachel Gillett and Matthijs Kuipers
Sound by Stephan Venmans
Music by CarlosCarty (CC-BY-3.0)

Organising DecolGroup Members

  • Matthijs Kuipers, Urecht University

  • Rachel Gillett, Utrecht University