This week’s third monologue resulting from the December 2016 Race after the Postracial conference features Maboula Soumahoro, associate professor in the English department at the Université François-Rabelais, Tours, France. In conversation with Olivia Rutazibwa, Ms Soumahoro recounts her upbringing and her personal journey as a French woman of Ivorian decent, her experiences in school going and her academic career. In the US she studied and taught about black nationalism, arriving at key questions of academic legitimacy and objectivity. Turning her insights back on French society, she reflects on how her own sense of national identity has developed, and how anti-racist discourses and myths existing in public memory have obscured the real everyday racist bias and discrimination that persists. Click on the link for Maboula Soumahoro’s full monologue. For more on these and other topics, check out @o_rutazibwa and #maboulasoumahoro on Twitter.com.
In the second of Olivia Rutazibwa’s four interviews appearing this week on the December 2016 Race after the Postracial conference, the speaker is Ghassan Hage. Mr Ghassan Hage is the Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. In the monologue below he explores how the terminology used by the Austrialian government in her dealings with the refugee crisis links to our framing of ecological problems. Hage argues that ‘the classifications and the practices that constitute colonial racism and the practices that have generated the destruction of the natural environment are mutually self-reinforcing’. Find Professor Hage’s full monologue here.