Chanelle Adams

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We have decided that the key notion emerging from this collection of texts should be political usefulness. Much more than convincing a liberal audience of the urgency of the political struggles showcased throughout these pages, our number one ambition consists in producing something useful, if not operative, for those who are fighting “on the ground.” This is why we tested this notion of usefulness by inviting twenty regular readers (many of whom are also contributors) of The Funambulist to pick one text in our first 22 issues that appears to them as being particularly politically useful, and to explain it ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2017
This conversation with Chanelle Adams starts by addressing colonial and decolonial methodologies of knowledge production. It then proceeds to describe the history of Madagascar, as well as debunk the (neo)colonial idea of the island being a “terra nullius” as described by Western environmentalist activists. The core of this discussion consists in Chanelle describing her research about the cultural, traditional, social, and political dimensions of medicinal plants in Madagascar, that she calls “pharmacy-gasy.” “Because health is intimately linked to our social lives, I believe it is the ideal intersection to examine power, knowledge, and materials,” she writes. Chanelle Adams approaches her research ...

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