18 episodes

'Undersong - Race and Conversations Other-wise' seeks to amplify space for listening to what gets too easily buried, erased, or forgotten. In listening to the uncomfortable legacies of empire and coloniality that shape the present, this podcast serves as a local and global platform to exchange critical thought around race and the making of worlds otherwise.

Undersong is alternately hosted by Katucha Bento, Nasar Meer, and Shaira Vadasaria. It is affiliated with RACE.ED and receives curatorial and technical support by Sophia Hoffinger and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

RACE.ED is a network concerned with race, racialization and decolonial studies from a multidisciplinary perspective at the University of Edinburgh.

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'Undersong - Race and Conversations Other-wise' seeks to amplify space for listening to what gets too easily buried, erased, or forgotten. In listening to the uncomfortable legacies of empire and coloniality that shape the present, this podcast serves as a local and global platform to exchange critical thought around race and the making of worlds otherwise.

Undersong is alternately hosted by Katucha Bento, Nasar Meer, and Shaira Vadasaria. It is affiliated with RACE.ED and receives curatorial and technical support by Sophia Hoffinger and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

RACE.ED is a network concerned with race, racialization and decolonial studies from a multidisciplinary perspective at the University of Edinburgh.

    Ep. 13 (Pt. 1) - On Reparations at the University of Edinburgh

    Ep. 13 (Pt. 1) - On Reparations at the University of Edinburgh

    In this episode, Shaira Vadasaria is in conversation with three members of Research and Engagement Working Group (REWG)on their work engaging with the University of Edinburgh's historical links to African enslavement and colonialism as well as their racial legacies today. Together with Dr. Nicki Frith, Zaki El-Salahi, and Dr Tommy Curry, this first of two parts introduces the project, its scope and community engagement efforts. The REWG emerged out of a collaboration between the International Network of Scholars and Activists for Afrikan Reparations (INOSAAR) and the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE).
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    The title music of this podcast is "Origin Funk" by Ketsa, provided under the Creative Commons license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

    • 57 min
    Episode 13 (Pt. 2)- On Reparations at the University of Edinburgh

    Episode 13 (Pt. 2)- On Reparations at the University of Edinburgh

    In this second episode on reparative justice claims at the University of Edinburgh, Shaira Vadasaria is in conversation with Esther Stanford Xosei and Samantha Likonde. Samantha and Esther are two community members who have been driving the work of the Research and Engagement Working Group (REWG) at the University of Edinburgh from a community level. Both have previously involved in advocacy campaigns around reparations within and beyond the university. Together with Shaira Vadasaria, they discuss the complex dynamics between community and institutional demands in addressing the legacy of chattel enslavement.

    The REWG emerged out of a collaboration between the International Network of Scholars and Activists for Afrikan Reparations (INOSAAR) and the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE).
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    The title music of this podcast is "Origin Funk" by Ketsa, provided under the Creative Commons license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

    • 55 min
    Episode 12: Black Feminism(s)

    Episode 12: Black Feminism(s)

    This episode of Undersong brings you an intimate conversation about the different projects, visions, and rhythms that shape Black Feminism(s). Over tea, Dr Katucha Bento, layla-roxanne hill, and Dr Francesca Sobande share experiences from their activism and art, and the ways in which care and presence inform their relations to Black feminism(s).
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    Guest's bios:

    layla-roxanne hill is a writer, curator and organiser, living in Scotland. Her/their work focuses on anti-colonial cultural contributions + the way our conditions move us to act. She/they is also active in the trade union movement, holding elected positions within the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Scottish TUC (STUC).

    Dr. Francesca Sobande is a senior lecturer, researcher, and writer who explores the power and politics of media and the marketplace. Her work focuses on digital remix culture, Black diaspora and archives, feminism, creative work, pop culture, branding and crises, and devolved nations.

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    The title music of this podcast is "Origin Funk" by Ketsa, provided under the Creative Commons license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

    • 53 min
    Episode 11 (Part 2): Building A Sudan Collection - Reflections on Sudan in the Archives

    Episode 11 (Part 2): Building A Sudan Collection - Reflections on Sudan in the Archives

    In this follow-up episode with the Sudanese Community in Edinburgh, Zaki El-Salahi speaks to Rachel Hosker, University of Edinburgh Archivist and Collections Manager, about their visit to the Edinburgh archives, the history of Sudan within the archives, and the colonial politics of cultural heritage ownership.

    After their conversation, Zaki reflects with two other members of the Sudanese community, who have chosen not to be named, about their visit to the University of Edinburgh's Anatomical Museum's 'collection of African skulls.' Two of the skulls on display were stolen during the Battle of Omdurman, one episode during the British colonial conquest of Sudan.

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    The Sudanese Community in Edinburgh can be contacted via: www.facebook.com/TSCIE
    www.sudanesedinburgh.org
    Instagram: @sdcomedi

    Zaki El Salahi can be followed on:
    Twitter: @zakielsalahi
    www.researchgate.net/profile/Zaki-El-Salahi
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/zaki-el-salahi-5595381b7

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    The title music of this podcast is "Origin Funk" by Ketsa, provided under the Creative Commons license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

    • 39 min
    Ep. 11 Building Community in the Diaspora: The Sudanese Community in Edinburgh

    Ep. 11 Building Community in the Diaspora: The Sudanese Community in Edinburgh

    In this first of two parts, Undersong enters into conversation with two members of the Sudanese Community in Edinburgh: Zaki El-Salahi and Ahmed Musa. Together, they reflect on what it takes and what it means to build community in the diaspora and offer insights into their political and artistic interventions in the spaces and events (such as two Sudanese revolutions) that connect Scotland and Sudan.
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    The Sudanese Community in Edinburgh can be contacted via: https://www.facebook.com/TSCIE
    www.sudanesedinburgh.org
    Instagram: @sdcomedi

    Ahmad Musa aka Ahmelody's music can be found:
    Spotify: Ahmelody
    Instagram: @ahmelody249

    Zaki El Salahi can be followed on:
    Twitter: @zakielsalahi
    www.researchgate.net/profile/Zaki-El-Salahi
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zaki-el-salahi-5595381b7

    Zaki El-Salahi's poem 'The X in the Saltir' presented at the end of this episode, can be listened to again here:
    https://soundcloud.com/user-336255488/the-x-in-the-saltire?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

    *** Disclaimer: language used in this episode might be offensive to some***

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    The title music of this podcast is "Origin Funk" by Ketsa, provided under the Creative Commons license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

    • 56 min
    Ep. 10 - The 'D'-Word: Dialogues on Decolonization

    Ep. 10 - The 'D'-Word: Dialogues on Decolonization

    This episode of Undersong emerges from a recorded roundtable discussion on the trajectory of the term 'decolonisation', as a political and historical term. The four speakers are in conversation about what forms the term takes on today, as they trace its passing through different people, languages, locations, and institutions.
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    Speakers' bios:

    Dr Katucha Bento is Associate Director of RACE.ED, and Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She is a political sociologist focussing on topics around Black diaspora, affective economy, Brazilian institutions, nation, and intersectional oppressions. Her research and teachings are interdisciplinary, exploring Black Feminism, Critical Race Studies, Decolonial Studies, Queer Studies, Critical Rhetorical Analysis and Education.

    Jason Arday is Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Glasgow, School of Education, College of Social Sciences. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a Visiting Professor at Durham University in the Department of Sociology. Jason holds other Visiting Professorships at Coventry University, London Metropolitan University and Nelson Mandela University. He is a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading Race Equality Thinktank and the British Sociological Association (BSA).

    Dr. Shaira Vadasaria is Associate Director of RACE.ED and a Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research and teaching draws on interdisciplinary thought attentive to race, law and social regulation in the broader context of settler colonial nation building. Her work is anchored in methodologically driven questions concerning circuits of race and racial violence as they travel geographically and epistemically, the persistence of racial violence and freedom under settler colonial life, and the forms of world-making established on the carceral peripheries of empire’s claim to sovereign power. Her working monograph, Temporalities of Return: Race, Redress and Refusal in Palestine, considers what Palestinian return – as enunciated through land-based movements and aesthetic and sensory practice – reveals about the politics of race, redress and refusal at the intersection of humanitarianism and settler colonialism in Palestine.

    Dr Ali Kassem is an IASH-Alwaleed postdoctoral research fellow associated with the Institute Project on Decoloniality (IPD ’24). During 2020-2021, Ali was postdoctoral research fellow with the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and the Carnegie Corporation of New York with an affiliation to the Beirut Urban Lab at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Ali received his PhD in 2020 from the School of Law, Politics, and Sociology at the University of Sussex and held teaching appointments at Sussex between 2018-2021. His main interests are in Post-, anti-, and decolonial work, ethnic and racial studies, inequalities, Islam and Knowledge making.
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    Mentioned literature and people:

    Tuck, E. & K. Wayne Yang. (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor. In: Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society. Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 1-40

    Franz Fanon
    Toni Morisson
    Achille Mbembe
    Walter D Mignolo
    Shirley Tate
    Léila Gonzalez
    Beatriz Nascimento
    Sylva Wynter
    Sylvia Rivera Cusicanqui
    bell hooks
    Angela Davis
    Shirley Anne Tate
    Palestinian Unity Intifada 2021
    Saidiya Hartmann
    Chisomo Kalinga

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    The title music of this podcast is "Origin Funk" by Ketsa, provided under the Creative Commons license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-

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