Locusts and Power: Environmental Phenomena, Colonial Injustices and Vernacular Discourse in Early Colonial Zimbabwe, 1895-1935

  • Admire Mseba, Black Studies, and History, University of Missouri-Columbia
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Monday, February 24, 5-6:30 pm
    in the series
    Environment, Power and Justice in Southern Africa
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  • This talk will think with locusts and droughts about vernacular discourses of power and colonial injustices. Indigenous inhabitants of early colonial Zimbabwe explained the appearance of locust swarms and droughts by reference to the actions of youth, farming men and women, chiefs, spirit mediums, European traders and colonial officials. Finding expression in the statements of religious figures such as spirit mediums and messengers of the Mwari shrine, these discourses produced swift and repressive responses from the colonial state. Vernacular discourse vested power in local behavior, not just in the colonial government. That is, power was understood to derive from cosmology and was often articulated through locally intelligible ideas of social transgression, gender and generation.
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February 24th, 2020 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
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Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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