1st Edition

Remembering Colonialism in Zimbabwe

Edited By Ivan Marowa, Ushehwedu Kufakurinani Copyright 2024

    This book examines the various ways in which colonialism in Zimbabwe is remembered, looking both at how people analyse, perceive, and interpret the past, and how they rewrite that past, elevating some players and their historical agency. Inspired by the ongoing movement on decoloniality, this book examines the ways in which generations of today question and challenge colonialism’s legacies and their role in Zimbabwe’s collective memories and history. The book analyses the memorialising of both Mugabe and Mnangagwa in their speeches and during the political transition, before going on to trace the continuing impact of colonialism across areas as diverse as dress code, place-naming, agriculture, religion, gender, and in marginalised communities such as the BaKalanga. Drawing on the expertise of Zimbabwean scholars, this book will appeal to researchers of decolonisation, and of African history and memory.

    1. Introduction: Remembering Colonialism in Zimbabwe

    Ivan Marowa and Ushehwedu Kufakurinani


    2. ‘We Cannot Run Away from Our Shadow’: Memories of Colonialism in Zimbabwe, 2000-2018

    Ivan Marowa


    3. Discursive entanglement? Concealed discourses of colonial memory in President Mnangagwa’s Heroes’ Acre speeches

    Jairos Kudakwashe Bhowa and Noah Kupeta


    4. ‘The Past haunting the Present’: State Machinery and reuse of Colonial Legislations in Zimbabwe’s Political Transitioning

    Nicholas Govo, Benice Farai Nkomo and Owen Mangiza


    5. Culture and Dressing in Zimbabwe: When Zimbabwe’s Colonial Dress Culture is African

    Fananidzo Muchemwa


    6. Toponymy, Power, and Colonial Urban Legacies: The Case of Harare, Zimbabwe

    Zvinashe Mamvura and Ivan Marowa


    7. Remembering Droughts and Irrigation: Government and Food Security in Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1953

    Bernard Kusena


    8. The Church, Missionaries, and the Construction of Black Masculinities in Eastern Zimbabwe, in the first half of the 20th Century

    Adrian Magaya


    9. AmaDinga alahlelwa emaguswini: BaKalanga Narratives on evictions from Matobo Hills, 1926-2000

    Simon Bvurire


    10. Feminist Housewives in a Colonial Space: National Housewives Register in Zimbabwe’s History, 1970s to 1980s

    Precious Mutibvu and Ushehwedu Kufakurinani


    Ivan Marowa is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Heritage and Knowledge Systems, University of Zimbabwe.

    Ushehwedu Kufakurinani is a Research Fellow, School of History, University of St. Andrews, Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Johannesburg and in the Department of History, Archaeology and Development Studies at Great Zimbabwe University.