In the settler colony, what might it look like to draw together both Black Studies and Indigenous Studies in a way that can lead to new possibilities, new emergent properties, and a new path to view the ways that settler colonialism touches bodies and touches life within its histories and within its borders? In "The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies", Tiffany Lethabo King pulls the reader towards these possibilities.
As King eloquently theorizes, the shoal is a place of juncture, a crossroads that cannot be neatly categorized. It is a metaphorical place that provokes us to dream for a world that has yet to come, even though Black and Indigenous peoples have always embodied the roots and relationalities of that world, whether that be in the stories that constitute our lives, or in the worlds that Black and Indigenous artists bring into being through the creative fortitude of their imaginations.
"The Black Shoals" offers an audacious upending of multiple conceptual maps. A dyad of questions orients Tiffany Lethabo King’s text: How might Blackness trouble our conceptualizations of conquest and genocide? How might Indigeneity trouble our conceptualizations of race, embodiment, and the formation of the African diaspora?
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