Episode 1: Decolonisation


  • colonisation vs. colonialism
  • Haitian revolution
  • empire to nation-state
  • neo-colonialism
  • political, epistemological, economic decolonisation

Patricia Pinky Ndlovu

Concept & Content Development
Thando Tilmann and Tamar Sarkissian

Film Team
Dr. Johanna Ickert, René Arnold and Andrew Berry


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Chigudu, Simukai. “’Colonialism Had Never Really Ended’: My Life in the Shadow of Cecil Rhodes.” The Guardian, 2021. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/jan/14/rhodes-must-fall-oxford-colonialism-zimbabwe-simukai-chigudu.

“Decolonising Knowledge: What Is Decolonisation? | Rolando Vázquez Melken.” Video, 40:26. Youtube. Posted by Studium Generale Delft, 2021. https://youtu.be/1CUKW2h4Dtg.

Falola, Toyin, and Adam Paddock. The Women’s War of 1929: A History of Anti-Colonial Resistance in Eastern Nigeria. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2011.

Gott, Richard. Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt. London; New York: Verso, 2011.

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Hyam, Ronald. Britain’s Declining Empire: The Road to Decolonisation, 1918-1968. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511802898.

Iliffe, John. “The Organization of the Maji Maji Rebellion.” The Journal of African History 8, no. 3 (1967): 495–512. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0021853700007982.

Jenner, Greg, Marlene Daut, and Athena Kugblenu. “The Haitian Revolution.” Episode. You’re Dead To Me. BBC Radio 4, September 18, 2021. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08nf7t2.

Knight, David. “’There Was Injustice’ Skulls of Colonial Victims Returned to Namibia.” Der Spiegel, 2011. https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/there-was-injustice-skulls-of-colonial-victims-returned-to-namibia-a-788601.html.

Knight, Franklin W. “The Haitian Revolution.” The American Historical Review 105, no. 1 (2000): 103–15. https://doi.org/10.2307/2652438.

Mignolo, Walter D. “What Does It Mean to Decolonize?” Essay. In On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics and Praxis, edited by Walter D. Mignolo and Catherine E. Walsh, 105–34. On Decoloniality. Duke University Press, 2018.

Nkrumah, Kwame. Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism. London: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd.,1965.

Oltermann, Philip. “Germany Agrees to Pay Namibia €1.1bn over Historical Herero-Nama Genocide.” The Guardian, 2021. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/28/germany-agrees-to-pay-namibia-11bn-over-historical-herero-nama-genocide.

Onishi, Norimitsu, and Melissa Eddy. “A Forgotten Genocide: What Germany Did in Namibia, and What It’s Saying Now.” The New York Times, May 28, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/world/europe/germany-namibia-genocide.html.

Opoku, Kwame. “Return of Stolen Skulls by Germany to Namibia: Closure of a Horrible Chapter?” Africavenir, 2014. https://www.africavenir.org/nc/news-details/article/kwame-opoku-return-of-stolen-skulls-by-germany-to-namibia-closure-of-a-horrible-chapter/print.html.

Porter, Catherine, Selam Gebrekidan, Matt Apuzzo, and Constant Méheut. “The Root of Haiti’s Misery: Reparations to Enslavers.” The New York Times, May 20, 2022. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/20/world/americas/haiti-history-colonized-france.html.

van Wyk, Bayron. “Apology and Reparations? Reflections on the Genocide Reparations Agreement between Germany and Namibia.” Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, September 21, 2021. https://www.rosalux.de/en/news/id/45028/apology-and-reparations.

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Wilson, Tracy, and Holly Frey. “Women’s War of 1929.” Episode. Stuff You Missed in History Class. iHeartPodcasts, September 9, 2020. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/stuff-you-missed-in-history-cl-21124503/episode/womens-war-of-1929-71232386/.

Woldeyes, Yirga Gelaw. “The Battle of Adwa: an Ethiopian Victory That Ran against the Current of Colonialism.” The Conversation, 2020. https://theconversation.com/the-battle-of-adwa-an-ethiopian-victory-that-ran-against-the-current-of-colonialism-132360.