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Speaking of Ireland
Colin Graham

’s countenance, noble, emaciated, the nostrils quivering. (Bataille on Michelet, quoted in Barthes 1987 [1954]: 221) The role of the intellectual voice in the construction of radical identities has been central to the post-colonial critique of Ireland.2 Memmi’s amusedly affectionate dismissal of ‘venerable scholars’ sleepwalking their way through a history that is constantly passing them by is an appealing way to circumvent the interminable question ‘Can the subaltern speak?’, which shadows, in potentia, all pronouncements on the post-colonial subject and, by analogy, all

in Across the margins
Sol Plaatje and W.E.B.Du Bois
Laura Chrisman

York: New York University Press, 2000); J. Lorand Matory, ‘Surpassing “Survival”: On the Urbanity of “Traditional Religion” in the Afro-Atlantic World’, The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research, 30, 3–4 (2000), pp. 36–43; Philip Zachernuk, Colonial Subjects: An African Intelligentsia and Atlantic Ideas (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000).

in Postcolonial contraventions
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‘Ordinary’ people and immigration politics
Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, William Davies, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Emma Jackson, and Roiyah Saltus

ordinary. Similarly, the re-entry of immigration into public debate in the UK over the last twenty years has unsettled a seeming settlement about the place of ‘ethnic minorities’ in British society. The reminders of colonial processes, which led former British colonial subjects to the UK, are roused again by the arrival of new movements of populations from other parts of the globe. New kinds of resistance, identification and rejection form in

in Go home?
Michael Woolcock, Simon Szreter, and Vijayendra Rao

-modernist historians, such as those from Subaltern Studies, have taught us a great deal about issues that are at the heart of contemporary development concerns. Extending the longer tradition of ‘history from below’ exemplified by Bayly 01_Tonra 01 21/06/2011 10:15 Page 7 How and why history matters for development policy the work of E.P. Thomson, Subaltern scholars have demonstrated, among other things, that colonial subjects developed intellectual traditions and movements that often ran counter to the dominant colonial discourse (Sarkar 1983), and that this laid the foundations

in History, historians and development policy
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Crossing the seas
Bill Schwarz

. Inspired writer. 60 James, ‘The West Indian intellectual’, p. 27. 61 A recent discussion, relevant to our argument here, is Simon Gikandi, ‘The embarrassment of Victorianism: colonial subjects and the lure of Englishness’, in John Kucich

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
Crucial collaboration, hidden conflicts
Markku Hokkanen

-resourced medical department that gradually expanded its services to the African population and provided a form of public medical service to colonial subjects (before the National Health Service had been established in Britain). 6 By contrast, Charles Good’s more recent appraisal of colonial medicine in Malawi is highly critical. Notably, in discussing the reasons for this, Good highlights the colonial government

in Beyond the state
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Visions of history, visions of Britain
Stephen Howe

). 34 Tapan Raychaudhuri, Europe Reconsidered: perceptions of the West in nineteenth century Bengal (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1988); Philip Zachernuk, Colonial Subjects: an African intelligentsia and Atlantic ideas (Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 2000). 35

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
Sabine Clarke

plans were under way to allow the role of Governor to be an elected seat. 28 Political reform and radical economic policies to improve the lives of Puerto Ricans were essential if the US was to refute claims that in reality it was just another colonial power with no moral authority to pressurise Britain, for example, to commit to greater progress towards giving its colonial subjects the right to self-determination. In response to the information on PRIDCO circulated in 1944 there were discussions at the Colonial Office on the question of

in Science at the end of empire
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

between imperialism and genocide, an approach that illuminates important elements of the Nazi project, especially in relation to the killing fields of Eastern Europe, 55 but not the role of antisemitism in the conception and execution of the Holocaust. Jews were not just one of many targets but the primary focus of a movement designed to bring about their total annihilation; Jews were not just colonial subjects exploited in Eastern Europe but were transported

in Antisemitism and the left
Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa
Nicky Rousseau

as ancestral bones. Thus suggestions that mitochondrial DNA analysis could assist in identifying Sarah Baartman’s kin, and later those of the Pienaars, were vigorously opposed. Zoe Crossland, however, has pointed to more complex distinctions at work in science’s encounter with the human corpse in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. Thus, while the most marginal bodies (criminals, the poor, colonial subjects) were Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa   187 subjected to dissection, post-mortem practices were regarded as different and tended

in Human remains and identification