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Decolonizing the Classics

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Jimi O. Adesina, University of South Africa, South Africa

Zaid Ahmad, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Manuela Boatcă, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany

Maya Boutaghou, University of Virginia, USA

Darién Davis, Middlebury College, USA

Arturo Escobar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Universidad del Valle, Colombia

Gustavo Esteva, Universidad de la Tierra, Mexico 

William Luis, Vanderbilt University, USA

Ulrich Oslender, Florida International University, USA

Aram Ziai, University of Kassel, Germany

The critique of colonialism and post-colonialism has by now been broadly disseminated and understood. The logical next step in moving beyond colonialism in thought, research, and academic practice is to engage in decolonization efforts. This is currently occurring. However, most of these efforts are still based on the critique of Western centrism and its universalist claims. 

Instead of adding another layer of critique to Western and northern intellectual domination and epistemological hegemony, Decolonizing the Classics actively inserts non-Western voices from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific into the canon of classic and seminal works currently taught around the globe.

Forthcoming titles:

Colonial Slavery: An Abridged Translation

Jacob Gorender's 1978 book, O Escravismo Colonial, comes alive for English speaking readers thanks to Bernd Reiter and Sabrina Gledhill’s brilliant translation and presentation. A must-read for researchers, teachers and students of history, sociology, economics, politics, as well as militants of the black movement and popular movements and trade unionists, in general, committed to the true abolition of all the forms of exploitation.

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