Hadiya Sewer is a PhD candidate in the Africana Studies Department at Brown University and a part-time professor at the University of the Virgin Islands. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College.
Her research interests include Africana feminism, Caribbean philosophy, and radical political thought. She co-organized the “Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject: Black and Indigenous Women’s Self Making Under Empire” symposium at Brown University and serves as the Vice President of Program Development and Outreach at the Virgin Islands Youth Advocacy Coalition.
On April 13, Hadiya Sewer gave a presentation at the gallery called Unsettling the Coloniality of American Power in the U.S. Virgin Islands
This moment can be classified as a crossroads in the VI political imaginary. Are we going to continue with the political status quo, i.e.the territorial status? Or are we going to choose something else?
One of the things I’m starting to see emerge from the data is that a lot of people have a discrepancy between what they would like to see in terms of the territory’s political status and what they think is pragmatic and practical. A lot of people are somewhat romantic and nostalgic for the idea of independence and freedom. People like the notion of “autonomy”. But there’s a real question about whether or not they feel like a small, predominately black population in the Caribbean is capable of being autonomous in this prevailing world order.
Located at Mongoose Junction on St. John, Bajo el Sol is a gallery and events space dedicated to featuring the best in Virgin Islands fine arts and cultural expression. Established in 1993, Bajo el Sol is a 5 minute walk from the Cruz Bay ferry dock.
3:25 Pricilla Hintz: Bajo el Sol Gallery information
5:50 Introduction to Hadiya Sewer
6:23 Clip 1
7:36 Clip 2
10:50 Clip 3
14:06 Clip 4
Listen to the entire talk by Hadiya Sewer (Archive.ORG) here:
We Must Learn to Sit Together and Talk About a Little Culture: Decolonizing Essays 1967-1984 by Sylvia Wynter
Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis by Katherine McKittrick
Caribbean Reasonings: After Man, Towards the Human: Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter by Anthony Bogues
Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire
Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
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