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2021: A Year of Blogging, Twittering, Writing, Crying, Hoping… Living

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As is my usual practice, I begin each year on the blog with a post that opens the year by reflecting on the activities and lessons from the past year. To that end, here’s my round up of my blogging activity of 2021, as well as news of some other academic writing and activity. My blogging frequency was down in 2021, because apart from the global pancake, I also decided to write a book. The book (still in progress at January 2022) aims to detail my thoughts on the ways in which decolonisation should and can inform teaching and researching law, focusing on the conceptual approaches that are possible, and I believe necessary, in this conversation. Watch this space for the book. Writing has gone better than expected in some ways, but there is still some more hard work to be done before publication dates and information can be announced.

To bell hooks and not being happy till we are all free

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I am writing this at the end of a tiring academic term, staving off burnout from overwork and the trepidation that comes from existing through a brutal global pandemic. There may be mistakes in this post. Please correct me with love. But today I want to write out of the grief/love so many people are expressing at the crossing over of bell hooks. A radical Black feminist teacher, thinker and writer has joined the ancestors. And our grief/love cannot be contained. I say grief/love to note how deeply felt much of the scholarship of bell hooks is, and how she helps us to understand the ways in which we may bring all of ourselves into the academy. But also to note how her work extends beyond the academy. The idea that grief is love persevering relies so much of the pedagogy of compassion that bell hooks embodies.

Reintroducing Forever Africa Conference and Events

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FACE is seeking new members to join its planning committee. The planning committee is tasked with, among other things:

  • Sharing ideas in committee planning,
  • Designing publicity material,
  • Managing the website and social medial channels,
  • Handling correspondence,
  • Ambassadorial work – telling people about FACE, through private social media channels, and
  • Building a nurturing community.

If you would like to join/know more, email us: foreverafrica@outlook.com

Losing Your Freedom of Speech

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So what does it mean to lose your freedom of speech? Let me tell you a story of what it means to me. I know that having your freedom of speech curtailed is not having people – no matter how many – disagree with you. It is risking jail, torture, death and/or disappearance each time you speak. I have lived in a dictatorship. An actual one.

Law, Race and Decolonisation: A video and essay teaching resource

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In 2020, I curated a playlist titled, ‘Law, Race and Decolonisation’, for Box of Broadcasts [BoB]. BoB is an online off-air television and radio recording service for education and research. The purpose and goal of curating this playlist is to provide a teaching resource that uses the medium of the small screen to unsettle the nexus between law, racialisation and the differing schools of what is often called ‘decolonisation’. How these three phenomena intertwine is demonstrated in both story and narrative. And so, through this resource, we begin to put flesh and materiality to analyses that often appear abstract, theoretical and intangible. A reminder that what some consider theory, is very real for many in the world. And we must never lose sight of that.

What Are Law Schools For? Teaching through the heart of an identity crisis

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I wrote an article as part of a special issue that reflects on the state of the traditional law school and legal education. The full text is open access and can be accessed here or through your local library or other institutional channels. [Alternatively, contact me.] If you would like to read the entire special issue [if you are even tangentially involved in legal education I encourage you to do so], you can find it here. In my article, my purpose was to  think through the role of law schools in local and global society, especially in teaching the world to our students.

The ‘Vaccine Apartheid’: A long history in the making

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An earlier and shorter version of this essay was initially on the University of Bristol’s Law School, Rich Law, Poor Law blog. It has been republished here with permission.

A post on the Rich Law, Poor Law blog of the Law School, University of Bristol, argues that by failing to waive the Covid vaccine patent, the Global North has failed the Global South. This argument resonates with our Rich Law, Poor Law workshops on race, in which we consider how the artificed category of ‘race’ has been used [historically and contemporarily] as the fundamental technology to abstract property out of manufactured identity traits and thus as a tool for accumulation of capital.

Racial [In]Justice in Higher Education – A tri-temporal failure

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This is an extended version of an introductory contribution that I delivered on the 28th of October 2020 at a panel event hosted by the Oxford Law Faculty. The event was titled, ‘Race Equality in Higher Education’. A recording of the full event can be found here. I was asked to give my reflections on the state of racial justice in higher education – what has gone well, what needs improvement, what hopes for the future. My thoughts on those particular points are reproduced below.

What lies lie at the convergence of law, race, and development?

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In Adebisi, Foluke, “Law, Race and Development,” an entry in the Encyclopedia of Law and Development, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021, I examine the nexus of the seemingly straightforward concepts of law, race, and development. The full text can be accessed here or through your local library or other institutional channels. [Alternatively, contact me.]