We Can Never Tell the Entire Story of Slavery: In Conversation with M. NourbeSe Philip


M. NourbeSe Philip is an Afrosporic Caribbean writer/poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist known for her dedication to social justice, as well as for her experiments with literary form, particularly her well known 1989 text, She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks. In all of her work she examines themes of gender, race, colonialism, and the effects of language, playing with words with...

Colonial India for a post-colonial world: A review of the ROM’s latest photography exhibition


The scores of photographs in the newest exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) are all the more revealing because we know what happened in the century after they were captured. Between Princely India & the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal records nineteenth-century colonial India but tells a story that continues long after Victoria’s imperial rule. Raja Deen Dayal was born...

TRB Podcast: Stefan Bird-Pollan on the Oedipus complex and the problem of colonial father figures


On September 18, the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto invited Professor Stefan Bird-Pollan to deliver a lecture, titled “Fanon, Freud and the Intersubjective Sources of Colonial Psychopathology.” In his abstract, Bird-Pollan writes that his talk uses Freud’s theory of the Oedipus complex to illuminate Fanon’s diagnosis of the widespread breakdown...