Colonialism

Language and Hegemony in Sri Lanka: Omissions as Ominous Signs?

In this post Stephanie Nicolle examines the histories of language in Sri Lanka and analyses the implications of the growing presence of Mandarin on public signage in the country. She explores the relationship between language and political power and provides a critique of how language omissions are symptomatic of projects that promote one language.
A signboard at the Attorney General’s (AG) […]

September 20th, 2021|Featured|0 Comments|

‘The Revenge of Plassey’: Football in the British Raj

Colonialism manifested itself in all walks of lives of the subjugated populace. In this article Abinand Lagisetti muses on the legacy of football, a sport imported from Imperial Britain to the Raj in India, and retraces its journey from an exclusive recreational activity to an avenue of resistance for non-white communities in the Indian sub-continent.

Sport is largely considered to […]

July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Coronation Park and the Forgotten Statues of the British Raj

There is a park in New Delhi that commemorates the British Raj. Dilapidated effigies of British monarchs and viceroys can be found there. An assemblage of arch-imperialists that once imposed a racist and violent order are now covered in graffiti and pigeon droppings. The British Raj sought to cast its imperial legacy in stone but the history of the […]

Violence and Peace: The Rhetoric of Death in Social Movement Discourse

This piece intends to discuss a specific rhetoric of death and killings in academic commentary on social movements, some of which emerged in popular scholarship following the publication and subsequent retraction of a controversial article by Bruce Gilly. Senior scholars have already issued reasoned critiques of the original article itself.

In October 2017, an article hailing the benefits of colonialism appeared […]

January 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment|