Colonial Encounter, Discourse (part 2)
-Externally derived knowledge
-Africa as invention
-Otherness/abjection – core to discourse
-Silence of African voices
Material interests of Europe had consequences on the knowledge produced about
Africa. Myth of the dark continent.
o Formation of the modern world, ushering in of the Modern world,
o Expansion of Modern relations/modern socio-economic relations, about
Europe colonizing the world. Late 1800s
Mudimbe: 3 Elements of Colonizing Structure
Legitimated by discourse.
Domination: taking over space.
Reformation: of the savage mind, incapability of self-awareness forAfrican (need for
Christian salvation and Western education), logic of commerce – demands that we are
extricated from our idleness. The idle native.
Integration: reshape culture to become European. How didAfrica become integrated?
Suits the needs and desires of Europe. Local economic histories, reshaping of economic
systems and material cultures to bring them into conformity with Europe. Company
colonialism: people removed from their land, economy would be defined by a particular
need of the Europeans. Nigeria (vegetable oil), a need of the Europeans.
The project of colonialism, en