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Created: October 13, 2001
Latest Update: October 13, 2001

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Professor Munashe Furusas of Zimbabwe

Copyright: Munashe Furusas, Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors: October 2001.
"Fair use" encouraged.

These are questions that I sent to Professor Furusas. If there are others you wish to add, Teresa Mason would like you to get them to us as soon as possible.

On Saturday, October 13, jeanne put together the folloing questions:

  1. To what extent is postcolonialism understood amongst ordinary folks in Zimbabwe?

    1. Would they know the term, or its equivalent?

    2. Is their understanding more intuitive and emotional than from academic study?

    3. Do they talk about it, or does the idea of colonialism and the harm it has done just kind of float about as something "everybody knows?"

    4. How should we seek people in Zimbabwe who would be willing to talk about the effects of empire and colonialism in the interest of our coming to understand each other?

    5. Would ordinary people be willing to discuss these issues with us, if we were to stick to Jerome Bruner's advice and discuss them in "plain English?"

    6. How should we seek people here in the States that can help us understand the Other whom we have so long avoided coming to know?

    7. Our experience with Father Peter, of Zambia, was that he had had very little opportunity to read in great detail the history, by those who have had the privilege of education, of what happened during the colonialism of the 19th and 20th Centuries. This meant that he sometimes didn't have as much information as we did on what had happened in the Congo. Pat Acone gave him her copy of Leopold's Ghost when she learned that he wanted very much to read that history of the Congo. To what extent would people in Zimbabwe have that same need, or hunger, to learn more for deeper discussions?

  2. Although we have texts on theoretical approaches and have some idea of the "official" version of current events, we are more concerned with a local understanding of ordinary folks, not "official" versions. To that end we have created this site, so that we can all learn to see each other as "real" people, caught in "real" situations, needing dignity and respect and a chance to be "heard in good faith." Is it reasonable for us to want ordinary folks in Zimbabwe to join with us in this effort, or are we failing to grasp the structural context in which this would have to happen?

  3. Would you be willing to send us some of the topics you would like to cover? That way we could perhaps anticipate more questions.

  4. I have uploaded maps of Zambia, of Zimbabwe, of Tanzania, and of Africa because each of these countries has come into our discussions. Are there any other materials I could provide our students to make our time together more effective?