Consented 04 2017 Race & Empire
From the editors:
Welcome to the fourth issue of Consented magazine. For this installment Consented choose to tackle the themes of race and empire together. They are inseparable and in order to dismantle and challenge them we cannot talk about the one without the other.
The aim of this issue is to show the ways that empire and colonialism continue to dictate our everyday lives. Too often we're fooled into believing that we live in a post-racial, post-lmperial society, but the stark reality is that we couldn't be further from it. As Angela Davis argues: 'Racism is [now] a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been.' If we see racism as simply being individual acts of name-calling and physical abuse, we will never grasp its nature. In this issue, we will show how racism must be understood as institutionalized, structural and all-encompassing, and how it often exists on an axis with other forms of oppression, like gender and sexuality.
We reject the eugenicist arguments that present race as biologically prescribed. These pieces will show race as a social construct codified in the era of the ,European Enlightenment and born out of empire. In this context, the Imperial project should not be thought of something that was left in the past, but something that persists on and impacts all of our lives today. We cannot ignore the different ways that people are racialized and how heavily it is felt but we would also argue that race is something that needs to be abolished, not sustained.
The magazine has been split into three sections. We'll explore racism; empire and the body; and finally, we will look at how we can move beyond the colonial logic.
|Date Published||18th October 2017|