From 1834 to the end of the WWI, Britain had transported about 2 million Indian indentured workers to 19 colonies including Fiji, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Guyana, Malaysia and South Africa. The system of indentured labour was officially abolished by the British government in 1917, however the effects of colonisation endure in the psychologies of the descendants of enslaved and indentured peoples till today.
This research project takes a transdisciplinary approach and will focus on understanding the impact of British coloniality on racism and marginalisation in South Africa and Malaysia.
This project has three strands that will be woven together.
(1) Recording psychological impacts of coloniality in South Africa and Malaysia and translating these insights for academic audiences
(2) Fostering long-term solidarities between communities in South Africa and Malaysia(3) Contributing to the development of sustainable solutions that redress inequalities and inequities within a vision of decoloniality