“I have no wish to be the victim of the Fraud of a black world. My life should not be devoted to drawing up the balance sheet of Negro values. There is no white world, there is no white ethic, any more than there is a white intelligence. There are in every part of the world men who search. I am not a prisoner of history. I should not seek there for the meaning of my destiny. I should constantly remind myself that the real leap consists in introducing invention into existence. In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.” (Fanon in Black Skin White Mask)

“National liberation, national renaisance, the restoration of nationhood to the people, commonwealth: whatever may be the headings used or the new formulas introduced, decolonization is always a violent phenomenon…decolonization is quite simply the replacing of a certain ‘species’ of men by another ‘species’ of men. Without any period of transition, there is a total, complete and absolute substitution…we have precisely chosen to speak of that kind of tabula rasa which characterizes at the outset all decolonization.” (Fanon in The Wretched of the Earth)

Still believing in another world in this world. Mostly trying to piece together the disparate fragments of life, speculating on abstract ideas and the banalities of contemporary culture, memory and melancholia as aesthetic resistance and hope.

fragments of postcolonial thought – ash sharma ash@fastmail.net

in the ruins of imperial culture – co-editing darkmatter  journal www.darkmatter101.org

writing the city in ruins – southern discomfort http://southerndiscomfortzine.wordpress.com/

the art of (sub)urban existence – must we burn croydon?  http://burncroydon.tumblr.com/

member of the black study group [london}

teaching media and cultural studies at the university of east london


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