Decolonisation of Materialities or Materialisation of (Re-)Colonisation?: Symbolisms, Languages, Ecocriticism and (Non)Representationalism in 21st Century Africa by Artwell NhemachenaDecolonisation of Materialities or Materialisation of (Re-)Colonisation?: Symbolisms, Languages, Ecocriticism and (Non)Representationalism in 21st Century Africa by Artwell Nhemachena

Decolonisation of Materialities or Materialisation of (Re-)Colonisation?: Symbolisms, Languages…

EditorArtwell Nhemachena, Jairos Kangira, Nelson Mlambo

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Contemporary scholarly discourses about decolonising materialities are taking two noticeable trajectories, the first trajectory privileges establishing “connections”, “relationships” and “associations” between human beings and nature. The second trajectory privileges restoration, restitution, reparations for colonial dispossessions, lootings and disinheritance. While the first trajectory presupposes that colonialism was merely about “separation”, “alienation”, and “disconnections” between human beings and nature, the second trajectory stresses the colonialists’ dispossession, disinheritance and privations of Africans. Drawing on contemporary discourses about materialities in relation to semiotics, (non-)representationalism, rhetoric, ecocriticism, territorialisation, deterritorialisation and reterritorialisation, translation, animism, science and technology studies, this book teases out the intellectually rutted terrain of African materialities. It argues that in a world of increasing impoverishment, the significance of materialities cannot be overemphasised: more so for the continent of Africa where impoverishment “materialises” in the midst of resource opulence. The book is a pacesetter in no holds barred interrogation of African materialities.

Artwell Nhemachena holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and lectures in Sociology at the University of Namibia.Jairos Kangira is Professor of Rhetoric Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Namibia.Nelson Mlambo holds a PhD and currently lectures in the Department of Language and Literature...
Title:Decolonisation of Materialities or Materialisation of (Re-)Colonisation?: Symbolisms, Languages…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:338 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:November 24, 2017Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9956763942

ISBN - 13:9789956763948


Table of Contents

Chapter One: Materialities and the  Resilient Global Frontierisation of Africa:  An Introduction

Chapter Two: PPhantasia and The  Rhetoric of Inaugural Speeches:  Cases of Samora Machel (1975),  Robert Mugabe (1980), Sam Nujoma (1990),  and Nelson Mandela (1994)

Chapter Three: Materialities and  Human Rights in Contemporary African  Higher Education: the Case of the  Fees Must Fall Movements in  Southern African Universities

Chapter Four: Conjugating Materialities  and Symbols in Contemporary Africa?  The Case of the Statue of King  Nghunghunyani, South Afric

Chapter Five: Materialities and Symbols  of Zimbabwe’s Civil Religion

Chapter Six: (Un-)naming the Nameables:  An Ecocritical Perspective of Operation  MMurambatsvina in NoViolet Bulawayo’s  We Need New Names

Chapter Seven: Gendered Experiences:  Land Grabs and the De-Feminisation of  Africa’s Agrarian Future

Chapter Eight: Reconfiguring the African  Jindwi Traditional Drums in a Post- colonial  Mutare Museum Setting, Zimbabwe

Chapter Nine: A Contextual Analysis of  Small-Scale Mining: Interrogating the  question of Materialities in Namibia

Chapter Ten: A Contrastive (Re)mapping of Blacks, Land and Nature in Rhodesian  and Contemporary Zimbabwean Fiction

Chapter Eleven: Decolonising and  Democratising Pedagogical Translation  in Foreign Language Teaching:  the Role of Mediation as Strategy

Chapter Twelve: The Literary Construction  of the Metaphysical in the African Milieu