Securitising Monstrous Bottoms in the Age of Posthuman Carnivalesque?
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Placing security studies in the context of contemporary discourses about the “colonial comeback” and posthumanism, this book postulates the notion of staticide which avers that the effacement of African state sovereignty is crucial for the security of the oncoming empire. Understood in the light of posthumanism, antihumanism, animism, postanthropocentrism and transhumanism; African human security has evidently been put on a recession course together with African state security. Much as African states are demonised as so failed, defective, corrupt, weak and rogue to require recolonisation; transhumanism also assumes that human bodies are so corrupt, imperfect, defective, failed, rogue and weak to require not only enhancements or augmentation but also to beckon recolonisation. Also, deemed to be ecologies, human bodies are set to be liberalised and democratised in the interest of nonhuman viruses, nanobots, microchips, bacteria, fungi and other pathogens living within the bodies.
The book critically examines the security implications of theorising human bodies as ecologies for nonhuman entities. Reading staticide together with transhumanism, this book foresees transhumanist new eugenics that are accompanying the new empire in a supposedly Anthropocene world that serves to justify the sacrifice and disposability of some surplus humans living in the recesses and nether regions of the empire. Paying attention to the “colonial comeback”, the book urges African scholars not to mistake imperial transformation for decolonisation. The book is invaluable for scholars and activists in African studies, anthropology, decoloniality, sociology, politics, development studies, security studies, sociology and anthropology of science and technology studies, and environmental studies.



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Securitising Monstrous Bottoms in the Age of Posthuman Carnivalesque?
Securitising Monstrous Bottoms in the Age of Posthuman Carnivalesque? Decolonising the Environment, Human Beings and African Heritages E DITED BY ARTWELL NHEMACHENA & MUNYARADZI MAWERE
Securitising Monstrous Bottoms in the Age of Posthuman Carnivalesque? Decolonising the Environment, Human Beings & African Heritages Edited by Artwell Nhemachena & Munyaradzi Mawere Langaa Research & Publishing CIG Mankon, Bamenda
Publisher:LangaaRPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective
ISBN-10: 9956-551-04-x
ISBN-13: 978-9956-551-04-0
©Artwell Nhemachena & Munyaradzi Mawere 2020 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying and recording, or be stored in any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher
About the Authors Artwell Nhemachenaholds a PhD in Social Anthropology; MSc in Sociology and Social Anthropology, BSc Honours Degree in Sociology. In addition to having a good mix of social science and law courses in his undergraduate studies, he also has a Certificate in Law and a Diploma in Education. He has lectured in Zimbabwe before pursuing his PhD studies in South Africa. His current areas of research interest are knowledge studies; development studies; environment; resilience; food security and food sovereignty; industrial sociology; agnotology, sociology and social anthropology of conflict and peace; transformation; sociology and social anthropology of science and technology studies, democracy and governance; relational ontologies; decoloniality and anthropological/ sociological jurisprudence. He has published over 80 book chapters and journal articles in accredited and peer-reviewed platforms. He has also published over eighteen books in accredited and peer reviewed platforms. At the University of Namibia, he chairs the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Seminar Series on Researching, Writing and Publishing. Artwell Nhemachena is also a Research Fellow in the College of Humanities of the University of South Africa. Munyaradzi Mawereis a Professor and Research Chair in the Simon Muzenda School of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies at Great Zimbabwe University, in Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa; three Masters Degrees namely: Master of Arts Degree in Social Anthropology; Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy; Master of Arts Degree in Development Studies; a BA (Hons) Degree in Philosophy, and a number of certificates across disciplines. He is an author of more than 70 books and over 300 book chapters and peer-reviewed academic journals with a focus on Africa straddling the following areas: poverty and development, African philosophy, society and culture, democracy, human rights, politics of food production, humanitarianism and civil society organisations, indigenous knowledge systems, urban anthropology, existential anthropology,
cultural philosophy, environmental anthropology, society and politics, decoloniality and African studies. Professor Mawere’s research acumen has earned him prestigious international honours such as the Wenner-Gren Research Fellowship (2011-2014) and recently (2017), the much-coveted Association of African Studies (ASA) Presidential Fellowship Award. He is a Senior Editorial Board Member and peer-reviewer for a number of publishing houses and journals, and has been involved in several research projects across disciplines. Some of his recently published (authored and edited/co-edited) books include: Humans, Other Beings and the Environment: Harurwa (Edible stinkbugs) and Environmental Conservation in South-eastern Zimbabwe;Theory, Knowledge, Development and Politics: What Role for the Academy in the Sustainability of Africa?;Democracy, Good Governance and Development in Africa: A Search for Sustainable Democracy and Development;Culture, Indigenous Knowledge and Development in Africa: Reviving Interconnections for Sustainable Development;Myths of Peace and Democracy? Towards Building Pillars of Hope, Unity and Transformation in Africa;Harnessing Cultural Capital for Sustainability: A Pan Africanist Perspective;Divining the Future of Africa: Healing the Wounds, Restoring Dignity and Fostering Development;African Cultures, Memory and Space: Living the Past Presence in Zimbabwean Heritage;Violence, Politics and Conflict Management in Africa: Envisioning Transformation, Peace and Unity in the Twenty-First Century; African Philosophy and Thought Systems: A Search for a Culture and Philosophy of Belonging;Africa at the Crossroads: Theorising Fundamentalisms in the 21st Century;Colonial Heritage, Memory and Sustainability in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects;Underdevelopment, Development and the Future of Africa;Theorising Development in Africa: Towards Building an African Framework of Development; andHuman Trafficking and Trauma in the Digital Era: The Ongoing Tragedy of the Trade in Refugees from Eritrea. Takavafira Masarira Zhou holds a DPhil and he is an environmental historian, a Lemba, trade unionist, and Human Rights defender. He is a holder of B.A. General, B.A. Special Honours in History, Masters in African History, Graduate Certificate in Education, and DPhil in Environmental History from the University of Zimbabwe. He was a Teaching Assistant in the History Department at the University of Zimbabwe (1991-1995), a History Lecturer at Mutare Teachers’ College (2002-2004), and a part-time
History Lecturer at Africa University (2002-2004). As a History Lecturer at Great Zimbabwe (2004-2008) he helped to transform the history subject area into the Department of History and Development Studies. He was a technical advisor (researcher) in Zimbabwe Constitution Select Committee (2010-2011) that produced Zimbabwe’s new Constitution in 2013. He was also a member of the National Education Advisory Board (2009-2013) that among other things helped the then Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture in strategic planning, resource mobilisation and policy formulation during the period of Inclusive Government. Currently he is the president of the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, and treasurer of the Non-Aligned Teachers’ Unions of Southern Africa (ANTUSA). He has presented various papers at conferences in Zimbabwe, Africa, Europe and Asia. He has also published on African agriculture; White settler farming; environmental impact of mining in Zimbabwe; peace and security in Africa; history curricula changes in Zimbabwe; post-2016 Africa’s development; teacher education; poverty, natural resources and underdevelopment in Africa; poverty, conflict and vulnerability in st Africa; climate and environment in 21 century Africa; and general history and politics of Zimbabwe to the present so called ‘New Dispensation’. Nancy Mazurua lecturer in the Department of History, is Archaeology and Development Studies at Great Zimbabwe University. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Development Studies from Women's University in Africa. Currently, she is a Development Studies PhD candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Crispinah Machingura is a lecturer in the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at the Great Zimbabwe University. She has published four co-authored and one single authored article/s in the area of music and performance. She also has interest in popular and contemporary music and gender studies, indigenous and church music.
Aaron Rwodziholds a PhD and is a lecturer in the Department of History (Faculty of Humanities and Social Science) at the Catholic University of Zimbabwe (CUZ). He chairs the CUZ Research Board. His areas of research interest include, but are not limited to, political and social history, democracy, ethnicity, race and culture. Aaron has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) (General) Degree in History and African Politics from the University of South Africa (UNISA), Special Honours Degree in History from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and Master of Arts (MA) Degree in African History (UZ). He holds a Certificate in Education (CE), after training as a secondary school teacher at Hillside Teachers’ College in Bulawayo.Beatrice Lanternis a senior lecturer in the Department of African Languages and Culture at Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo in Zimbabwe. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in African Languages and Culture from Midlands State University. Currently, she is studying for a PhD with the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her research interests are in language planning, onomastics, translation studies and indigenous knowledge systems. Robert Matikitia lecturer in Systematic Theology at Christ is College of Zimbabwe. He is a holder of an Honours Degree in Religious Studies (1990), Masters Degree in Systematic Theology (1992), Graduate Certificate in Education (1994) all with the University of Zimbabwe, and a National Diploma in Computer Studies with Masvingo Polytechnic. He is also a holder of a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of Zimbabwe. The title of his PhD thesis isChristian Theological Perspectives on Political Violence in Zimbabwe: The Case of The United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe.His PhD thesis addresses the challenges of political violence in Zimbabwe. The thesis’ interests hone in on political dimensions affecting humanity. He previously taught Political Theology and African Theology at Masvingo State University, Zimbabwe Open University and University of Zimbabwe for many years. He is the author of a number of articles and the recent bookChristian Faith and Cultural Justice and Theology and Political Violence: The Church at The Devil’s Throne in Zimbabwe?Matikiti’s research interests include transitional justice, ecology, human rights and social development. He is a board member
of the Zimbabwe Combined Residents and Rate Payers Association (ZICORRA). Mbanje Bowden Bolt Chengetaiis a lecturer, at Bindura University of Science Education, in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Department of Peace and Governance. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. His research is on participatory development with special focus on a comparative analysis of the way in which participatory approaches are used by indigenous trusts and mainstream development NGOs in Zimbabwe. He holds a Master of Science in International Relations Degree (University of Zimbabwe); Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Political Science (University of Zimbabwe); Bachelor’s Degree in Technology: Education Management (Technikon, Pretoria); Diploma in Classroom Text and Discourse (University College of Distance Education – University of Zimbabwe) and a Certificate of Education (University of Zimbabwe). His Research interests are international relations, political science, development studies with a bias towards participatory development, strategic studies, security sector reforms, civil military relations, nuclear proliferation, western political philosophy and African political ideas. He also contributed various articles on Zimbabwean politics, Pan-Africanism, international politics, diplomacy, liberation movements and liberalism in the Zimbabwean public media,The Herald.Mahuku Darlington Ngoniis a lecturer at Bindura University of Science Education; Faculty of Social Sciences in the Department of Peace and Governance. He is a holder of a Doctorate Degree (PhD), Master of Arts Degree and Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also a holder of a Bachelor of Arts General Degree (History and Economic History) from the University of Zimbabwe. His research interests are international relations and political science with a bias towards civil military relations, diplomacy, political philosophy and African political ideas, Pan Africanism, international politics, nuclear proliferation and liberation movements. He also contributed various articles on Zimbabwean politics, Pan-Africanism, international
politics, diplomacy, liberation movements and liberalism in the Zimbabwean public media,The Herald. Chikanga Joshuais the Dean designate, Faculty of Social Studies at the Zimbabwe National Defence University. He joined the Zimbabwe liberation struggle in early 1978 and received military training in 1979 at Mavhonde before moving to Dzapasi Assembly point in December 1979. He received further military training in Nigeria as a cadet officer and was integrated into the Zimbabwe National Army in August 1981, promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant and rose through the ranks to Brigadier General. He is a holder of a Certificate in Defence Management from the University of Witwatersrand; a Diploma in War and Strategic Studies; Bachelor of Arts in War and Strategic Studies; Master of Science in International Relations all from the University of Zimbabwe; and a PhD in Ethics from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN). He was awarded membership to the Golden Key International Society on completion of his PhD studies at UKZN, for being among the top 15% performers. His thesis is titled'Conflict Resolution and Peace-building Initiatives: Ethical Quandaries to Post-colonial Southern Africa'.He has a passion to provide inimitable guidance in academic work and research. With his current position, he is poised to build and deliver growth to the institution and to promote extensive links with other academic institutions throughout the world in order to enhance teaching, research and innovation.Praise Zinhukuholds a Masters in Music Degree and is currently a music lecturer and Doctoral student with Great Zimbabwe University. She is the lead vocalist for Feelafrica an Afro- Jazz outfit which basically champions indigenous African music and dance. During the past 12 years the author has been involved in music teaching and performing. Furthermore, she has a desire to have experience and knowledge in indigenous dance cultural heritage. Renias Ngaraa PhD in Music (Ethnomusicology) from the holds University of Pretoria, South Africa. The thesis, which focused on the installation of Shangwe chiefs, proposes a theory with a practical model that may be adopted and implemented to preserve, manage and
sustain tangible and intangible indigenous musical arts heritage for posterity and promoting rural development. He is a lecturer of ethnomusicology at Great Zimbabwe University. Renias has published more than five articles in reputable peer reviewed journals. He also single authored and co-authored book chapters that were accepted for publication with the University of KwaZulu Natal Book Publishers of South Africa. Panganai Kahunijoined the Zimbabwe liberation struggle in October 1976. He did his initial training at Chimoio which was a training and administration base. He briefly operated in Manicaland Province in 1977 between February and March. He was then sent to Tanzania where he trained at Nachingweya and subsequently was selected as an instructor. He was part of the training team for two intakes of recruit groups and also trained two intakes that specialised in communication.In 1979 he went to Foxtrot Assembly point in Buhera where he was later selected to be part of the pioneer group that formed the ZNA in March 1980. In 1981 he was again a pioneer trainee on the first Regular officer Cadet Course. He rose through ranks to the current rank of Colonel. He participated in the Mozambiquean and DRC campaigns. In 1994-95 he was sent to Rwanda as a military observer and was part of the UN Mission in Rwanda (UNMIR).He holds two Diplomas; one in Defence and Security Studies and the other in General Management. He is a holder of a Masters in Business Administration from Midlands State University. He completed his PhD studies with the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. His thesis title was:The Security Sector Reform Debate in Post-Colonial Africa South of the Sahara: A Critical Ethical Investigation using the Concepts of Sovereignty and Anarchy.He is presently employed as the Deputy Commandant SADC Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre (RPTC) headquartered in Harare. His research interest is in security sector reform, African politics, terrorism, peace building, conflict prevention and conflict management. His research in these areas is guided by the ethical need for Africa to institute home grown strategies for sustainable human security.