Postcolonial Justice


Postcolonial Justice addresses a major issue in current postcolonial theory and beyond, namely, the question of how to reconcile an ethics grounded in the reciprocal acknowledgment of diversity and difference with the normative, if not universal thrust that appears to energize any notion of justice. The concept of postcolonial justice shared by the essays in this volume carries an unwavering commitment to difference within and beyond Europe, while equally rejecting radical cultural essentialisms, which refuse to engage in “utopian ideals” of convivial exchange across a plurality of subject positions. Such utopian ideals can no longer claim universal validity, as in the tradition of the European enlightenment; instead they are bound to local frames of speaking from which they project world.

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Anke Bartels is senior lecturer in English at the University of Potsdam; Lars Eckstein is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures outside of GB and the US at the University of Potsdam; Nicole Waller is Professor of American Studies at the University of Potsdam; Dirk Wiemann is Professor of English Literature at the University of Potsdam.

"As a whole, this volume, which broaches the topic of postcolonial justice from a wide variety of angles, constitutes a valuable contribution to scholarship, although further steps will obviously need to be taken, on a global scale, to counter the countless injustices caused by colonialism, past or present."
- Marie Herbillon, Université de Liège, Belgium in Recherche littéraire, literary research Vol. 34, Summer 2018 pp. 153-158

“The essays in this collection display greatly stimulating modes of theorizing postcolonial justice. They do not merely provide a theoretical framework for understanding this concept, but also provoke an emotional reaction to enduring injustices rooted in colonialism. The volume strikes a fine balance between global and local forms of justice, inviting the reader to attend to the wide range of intellectual forces within the community of postcolonial scholars.”
- Svetlana Stefanov, International University of la Rioja, Spain in Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter, Vol. 24.1 2020 pp. 36-38
Postcolonial Justice: An Introduction
Anke Bartels, Lars Eckstein, Nicole Waller, Dirk Wiemann

Decolonising Regimes of Knowledge
Postcolonial Injustice: Rationality, Knowledge and Law in the Face of Multiple Epistemologies and Ontologies: A Spatial Performative Approach – David Turnbull
Epistemic Injustice: African Knowledge and Scholarship in the Global Context – James Odhiambo Ogone
Shakespeare in Dantewada: Rescuing Postcolonialism through Pedagogic Reformulations and Academic Activism – Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha and Saswat Samay Das
Postcolonial Orientalism: A Study of the Anti-Imperialist Rhetoric of Middle Eastern Intellectuals in Diaspora – Mahmoud Arghavan

Literary Trials of Justice
Poetic Justice? Christopher Okigbo, Dedan Kimathi and Robert Mugabe on Literary Trial – Frank Schulze-Engler
A New Reading of Wulf Sachs’ Black Hamlet (1937) – Lotte Kößler
The Poetics of Justice in Salman Rushdie’s Joseph Anton: A Memoir: Narrative Construction and Reader Response – Kirsten Sandrock
HeLa and The Help: Justice and African American Women in White Women’s Narratives – Christine Vogt-William

Re/Visions of Gendered Violence
A Darker Shade of Justice: Violence, Liberation, and Afrofuturist Fantasy in Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death – Julia Hoydis
An Endless Game: Neocolonial Injustice in Zadie Smith’s The Embassy of Cambodia – Beatriz Pérez Zapata
Slavery and Resilience in Caryl Phillips’s Novel Cambridge – Karin Ikas

(Post)Imperial Orders of Travel and Space
Justice and the Company: Economic Imperatives in The Journal of Jan van Riebeeck (1652-1662) – Lianne van Kralingen
The Speed of Decolonisation: Travel, Modernisation and the 1955 Bandung Conference – Prudence Black
De-cloaking Invisibility: Remembering Colonial South-West Africa – Monica van der Haagen-Wulff

Justice within and without the Law
‘It’s All about the Children’: Child Asylum Seekers and the Politics of Innocence in Australia – Carly McLaughlin
Aspirin or Amplifier? Reconciliation, Justice, and the Performance of National Identity in Canada –Hanna Teichler
‘So It Happens that We are Relegated to the Condition of the Aborigines of the American Continent’: Disavowing and Reclaiming Sovereignty in Liliuokalani’s Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen and the Congressional Morgan Report – Jens Temmen

Notes on Contributors
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