We kept the imperialists at bay, but it wasn’t enough. By Mastewal Taddese Like many African countries that were colonised by the British, Ethiopia’s educational system strongly privileges the English language. I learnt this first hand going through school in the capital Addis Ababa. Along with my classmates across the vast country, I was taught in my … Continue reading Ethiopia was colonised!
Epistemic oppression results from epistemic injustice built into the global knowledge production project. An aspect of this injustice is ‘hermeneutical injustice’ – the situation where a significant aspect of an individual’s social experience is obscured due to “prejudicial flaws in shared resources for social interpretation.” The obscurity of ‘other’ experiences often results from gate-keeping tendencies … Continue reading Epistemic Oppression and Academic Dependency
A simple dictionary definition of ‘freedom’ shows that it implies the power to think, act, and speak as one deems fit without any hindrance. It also denotes the power of ‘being’ or ‘doing’. When many countries in Africa gained independence in the 1950s and beyond, this notion of freedom was what they all aspired to. … Continue reading The Impossible: Development with the Colonial Intellectual Roots.