Τρίτη 17 Νοεμβρίου 2015

Culture and Imperialism

Εποχή δύσκολη... εποχή μεγάλων αναταράξεων, ραγδαίων αλλαγών...

Δύσκολο να καταλάβει κανείς πόσα και πώς συνετέλεσαν και συνεχίζουν να συντελούν σε αυτό.

Ο Edward Said, αν ζούσε, ίσως κατάφερνε να μας δώσει κάποια κλειδιά...

Από το βιβλίο του "Culture and Imperialism" (Vintage 1994):

"Appeals to the past are among the commonest of strategies in interpretations of the present. What animates such appeals is not only disagreement about what happened in the past and what the past was, but uncertainty about whether the past really is past, over and concluded, or whether it continues, albeit in different forms, perhaps. This problem animates all sorts of discussions - about influence, about blame and jugdment, about present actualities and future priorities." (p. 1)

"Neither imperialism nor colonialism is a simple act of accumulation and acquisition. Both are supported and perhaps even impelled by impressive ideological formations that include notions that certain territories and people require and beseech domination, as well as forms of knowledge affiliated with domination: the vocabulary of classic nineteenth-century imperial culture is plentiful with such words and concepts as 'inferior' or 'subject races', subordinate peoples', 'dependency', 'expansion', and 'authority'." (p. 8)

Σημερινές οι φωτογραφίες. Το πλούσιο κίτρινο φως μου φάνηκε κυριολεκτικά σαν αχτίδα ελπίδας μέσα στην απελπισία που νοιώθει κανείς για τις ζωές που χάνονται τόσο εύκολα...

Henryk Mikolaj Górecki, Symphony no. 3 - "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"

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