“White is not a color” – Grada Kilomba

An interview with author and psychoanalyst Grada Kilomba – By Stefanie Hirsbrunner

‘White is not a color’, Interview with The African Times

Grada Kilomba is a writer and psychologist, lecturing Frantz Fanon, Colonialism, Psychoanalysis and Decolonization at the Free University of Berlin. She is the Co-Editor of the book Mythen, Masken und Subjekte.


Grada Kilomba
Plantation Memories
Episodes of Everyday Racism
In englischer Sprache
Unrast, 152 Seiten, 16.00 Euro
edition-asssemblage Bestellnr.: U 485

Plantation Memories explores everyday racism. It is a compilation of episodes approaching racism as a psychological reality. Everyday racism, argues Grada Kilomba, is experienced as a violent shock which suddenly places the Black subject in a colonial scene – depriving one’s link with society. Unexpectedly, the past comes to coincide with the present and the present is experienced as if one were in that agonizing past, as the title Plantation Memories announces. Linking postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis and poetic narrative, she provides a new and inspiring interpretation of everyday racism, memory, trauma and decolonization in the form of short stories. From the question “Where do you come from?” to the N-Word or Hair politics, the book is essential to anyone studying African studies, postcolonialism, critical whiteness and psychoanalysis.

Grada Kilomba is a writer and psychologist, lecturing Frantz Fanon, Colonialism, Psychoanalysis and Decolonization at the Free University of Berlin. She is the Co-Editor of the book Mythen, Masken und Subjekte.
„In der stimmgewaltigen Dokumentation „Plantation Memories. Episodes of Everyday Racism“, beschreibt Grada Kilomba die Lebensrealitäten Schwarzer Frauen in der deutschsprachigen Diaspora. (…) Konsequenterweise geht es im vorliegenden Buch auch nicht nur um die reine Dokumentation rassistischer und sexistischer Vorkommnisse, auch nicht um die Aufklärung der weißen Mehrheitsbevölkerung, sondern um Empowerment und Dekolonisierung von marginalisierten Positionen.“ Das Schweigen brechen – Vom Objekt zum Subjekt werden. Von Belinda Kazeem. In: Hinterland.

Zum Thema siehe auch die Literaturliste “Weißsein“. Diese Titel können bei der edition assemblage bestellt und bezogen werden.

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