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New Podcast Series of the Affect and Colonialism Web Lab

Intense conversations provide insights into the relationship between affect and colonialism.

Oct 06, 2021

A snapshot of the podcast recording with Arjunraj (l.) and Jonas Bens (r.).

A snapshot of the podcast recording with Arjunraj (l.) and Jonas Bens (r.).
Image Credit: Affect and Colonialism Web Lab

In the course of the publication of the new platform "Affect and Colonialism Web Lab", a corresponding podcast has also been launched. The series offers insights into various aspects of the relationship between affect and colonialism in the form of in-depth conversations with scholars, artists, and activists. 

The first four episodes have already gone online. The first episode is about the affective politics of the media in Bolsonaro's Brazil. In conversation with communication scholar Débora Medeiros, it becomes clear how and why political discourse remains essentially divided along colonial lines.

The second episode revolves around the practices and affects of decolonial filmmaking, which they discuss with filmmaker Arjunraj. Since their inception as an art form, films have been structured by a colonial way of seeing, but recently more and more visual artists are exploring alternative aesthetics that resist the colonial gaze.

In the third episode, anthropologist Laibor Kalanga Moko talks about the affects of colonial collections. Over many years, Europeans have taken cultural artifacts from the colonies to European museums. Recently, many passionately struggle to give these objects back to their former owners. What is at stake here is how to decolonize property and knowledge production itself.

And the latest episode of the podcast is about visual politics of affect in suicide attacks, discussed by the art historian Verena Straub. More recently, suicide attacks are increasingly embedded in the elaborate production of images, including video testimonies in which the attackers present themselves as martyrs and explain their political goals.

These and all future episodes of the podcast can be found on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. The platform also features numerous individual video contributions from network members.