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2014

International and Area Studies

Selected Works

Shiera S el-Malik

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Interruptive Discourses: Léopold Senghor, African Emotion And The Poetry Of Politics, Shiera S. El-Malik Dec 2013

Interruptive Discourses: Léopold Senghor, African Emotion And The Poetry Of Politics, Shiera S. El-Malik

Shiera S el-Malik

This paper suggests that Senghor’s political and poetic work can be understood as connected to his position as a sophisticated critical thinker. In order to move past a hasty rejection of his work, one might analyse Senghor’s work as part of the more serious anti- colonial, epistemological activism that emerges in the mid-twentieth century. I argue that, for Senghor, politics is an art of interrupting discursive closures. I characterize Senghor’s thinking as focused on epistemological questions, a recognition of the embeddedness of these questions in everyday political decision-making, and an awareness of the way his own thinking ...


Against Epistemic Totalitarianism: The Insurrectional Politics Of Bessie Head, Shiera S. Malik Dec 2013

Against Epistemic Totalitarianism: The Insurrectional Politics Of Bessie Head, Shiera S. Malik

Shiera S el-Malik

This paper argues that South African writer, Bessie Head, crafted art that refuses discursive closure, or epistemic totalitarianism. The essay demonstrates this by examining Head’s commitment to analysing power in the context of people’s daily lives and her attention to the insurrectionary role of imagination in intervening in established dynamics of power. The first section draws connections between Head’s practice of writing about ordinary people to her own experience and observations of living under South African apartheid. The second section focuses on the analytical links that Head makes between poverty, white privilege and institutional economic structures in ...