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Coloniality, Ontology, and the Question of the Posthuman

1st Edition

Edited by Mark Jackson


250 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book brings together emerging insights from across the humanities and social sciences to highlight how postcolonial studies are being transformed by increasingly influential and radical approaches to nature, matter, subjectivity, human agency, and politics. These include decolonial studies, political ontology, political ecology, indigeneity, and posthumanisms. The book examines how postcolonial perspectives demand of posthumanisms and their often ontological discourses that they reflexively situate their own challenges within the many long histories of decolonised practice. Just as postcolonial research needs to critically engage with radical transitions suggested by the ontological turn and its related posthumanist developments, so too do posthumanisms need to decolonise their conceptual and analytic lenses. The chapters' interdisciplinary analyses are developed through global, critical, and empirical cases that include: city spaces and urbanisms in the Global North and South; food politics and colonial land use; cultural and cosmic representation in film, theatre, and poetry; nation building; the Anthropocene; materiality; the void; pluriversality; and, indigenous world views. Theoretically and conceptually rich, the book proposes new trajectories through which postcolonial and posthuman scholarships can learn from one another and so critically advance.

Table of Contents

Introduction: a critical bridging exercise Mark Jackson

  1. For new ecologies of thought: towards decolonizing critique. Mark Jackson
  2. Anti-colonial ontologies – a dialogue. Angela Last
  3. Chronic carriers: creole pigs, postplantation politics, and disturbing agrarian ontologies in Haiti. Sophie Moore
  4. Terra plena: revisiting contemporary agrarian struggles in Central America through a "full earth" perspective. Naomi Millner
  5. Refracting colonialism in Canada: fish tales, text, and insistent public grief. Zoe Todd
  6. Unsettling the urban geographies of settler-colonial cities: aporetic encounters with the spatiotemporal dynamics of modern logic. Delacey Tedesco
  7. "Well, City Boy Rangoon, it’s time to stitch up the evening": material, meaning, and Man in the (post)colonial city. Lisa Tilley
  8. Ethno-linguistic cartographies as colonial embodiment in postcolonial Sri Lanka. Chitra Jayathilake
  9. Immanent comparisons and the perception of the post-human in the filmic sensorium of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Carlo Bonura
  10. Political ontology and international relations: politics, self-estrangement, and void universalism in a pluriverse. Hans-Martin Jaeger

About the Editor

Mark Jackson is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Geographies at the University of Bristol, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in New Postcolonialisms

The Routledge Research in New Postcolonialisms Series offers a forum for original and innovative research that explores the changing contexts, emerging potentials, and challenges to postcolonial studies. Postcolonial studies across the social sciences and humanities are in a period of transition and innovation. From the question of the environment and ecological politics, to the development of new theoretical frameworks, to attempts to innovate around the importance of political critique during expanding imperialisms, enclosures, and global violences against people and place, postcolonial studies are never more relevant and, at the same time, challenged. This series seeks to host and so draw into focus emerging inter- and transdisciplinary conversations about the changing contexts and demands of new postcolonial research. Titles within the series range from empirical investigations to theoretical engagements. Authors are scholars working in overlapping fields including human geography, politics, anthropology, literary studies, indigenous studies, development studies, sociology, political ecology, international relations, art and aesthetics, science, technology and media studies, and urban studies. The series seeks to engage with a series of key debates about how new postcolonial landscapes, and new empirical and conceptual terrains are changing the scope, remit, and responsibilities of postcolonial critique. Topics include: the Anthropocene; food studies; comparative urbanisms; mobilities; identity and new political processes; global justice and protest movements; experimental methodology; neo-liberalising governance and governmentality; the commons and new public spaces; violence and new sites of enclosure; the aesthetics, writing, and translation of alterity; territoriality, cosmopolitanism and comparative ontology; digital technologies and mediatised cultures of translation; material and scientific politics; and policy formations. This series provides, then, a forum for cutting edge research and new theoretical perspectives that reflect emerging currents being undertaken around new forms of postcolonial analysis.

This series is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, research students and academics, appealing to scholars from a range of academic fields including human geography, sociology, politics and broader interdisciplinary fields of social sciences, arts and humanities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography