From the European South

a transdisciplinary journal of postcolonial humanities

14 (2024)

On the beat: Owning/reclaiming time against white chronocentrism

One of the most pervasive and still relatively understudied effects of European colonialism is the way in which it has used time as a tool of oppression and racialization. Colonial historiography and anthropology have indeed produced epistemologies that ensnared the West’s ‘Other’ into a temporal stasis, denying BIPOC a place in modernity and, consequently, a possible future. At the same time, the power structures that proceeded from these epistemologies have not only manifested in the creation of racial hierarchies still in place today, but they have also imposed unequal experiences of time upon subordinate subjects, delaying or hindering their access to resources, political power, and knowledge. FES 14 monographic issue collects contributions, ranging from literary studies to sociology and digital humanities, that investigate the different ways in which these submerged temporalities interact, clash, and intersect with European timeframes, rethinking modernity and its rhythms, challenging their dominance, and opening them up to non-Western, non-white (hi)stories and times.

Table of Contents


  • Julius B. Fleming Jr.’s Black Patience: Unveiling the transformative potential of theater during the Civil Rights Movement

    [pp. 161-165]

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