Beyond analogy: bare life in the West Bank

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Postcolonial Studies, Volume 16, p.374–387 (2013)



This interview and photo essay provides a critical update on the ongoing situation in Palestine regarding the separation barrier being built by the Israeli government, more popularly referred to by its opponents as the apartheid wall. Jamal Juma’ is a Palestinian activist who helped establish the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, also known as the Stop the Wall Campaign, in 2002. This interview is biographical in scope and pedagogical in intention, providing insight into his activism and that of others in the West Bank.

African Futures

As major transformations unfold, our understanding of Africa, its past, its future and its relation to the world seems to be caught between two contending paradigms. The first is shaped by the discourse of crisis and disaster, emergency and survival. The second is future-oriented. It is preoccupied with Africa’s shifting position within the global economy and its apparent rise, the material and virtual flows and the infrastructures that connect Africa to its diasporas and the broader world, and to the social and aesthetic experiences of its inhabitants. This project will take stock of the contending discourses on African futures. It aims at drawing together in robust conversation a broad range of parallel debates currently going on in areas as diverse as literature, science-fiction, music and digital technologies, economics, futures markets, demography and public health, environmental studies, arts, design and fashion. It will also tease out the theoretical and practical implications of these discourses and the extent to which Afro-futurism could be read against similar trends elsewhere, in China, India, Russia and Brazil in particular.

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