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‘Colonialism is not satisfied merely with holding a people in its grip and emptying the native’s brain of all form and content. By a kind of perverted logic, it turns to the past of the people, and distorts, disfigures and destroys it’

-Frantz Fanon

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As we head into autumn, many of us will be returning to schools and universities, as students or teachers. From the Black Lives Matter movement, to the toppling of statues across the western world, last year showed us there is power in resistance. But there is still much to be done to bring the histories and voices of the colonised to the curriculum, while teaching staff remain overwhelmingly, painfully white, and unwilling to confront the colonial legacies of academia.

‘The ‘decolonise’ mantra has swiftly buzzed its way into acceptable institutional jargon, with university administrations seemingly open to putting it down as an action point on the managerial agenda’

Priyamvada Gopal

We hope that the books on this reading list are useful for everyone wanting to decolonise their reading. Let’s keep educating ourselves in anticolonial thought and action, and keep the power and energy of the movement alive and in our hands.

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