An examination of the relationship between coloniality, raciality, and
global capital through a black feminist
poethical framework, inspired by Octavia E. Butler's
(first volume in the On the
Unpayable Debt examines the relationship between coloniality,
raciality, and global capital through a black feminist poethical
framework. Inspired by Octavia E. Butler's 1979 sci-fi novel Kindred,
in which an African American writer is transported back in time to the
antebellum South to save her owner-ancestor, Unpayable Debt
relates the notion of value to coloniality—both economic and ethical.
Focusing on the philosophy behind value, Denise Ferreira da Silva exposes
capital as the juridical architecture and ethical grammar of the world.
Here, raciality—a symbol of coloniality—justifies deployments of total
violence to enable expropriation and land extraction.
First volume in the On the Antipolitical
series, edited by Ana
Teixeira Pinto, devoted to the historical study of the depoliticization
process, situating it within the neocolonial
continuum that animates the digital frontier as the new locus of settler
Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva's academic writings and artistic practice
address the ethical questions of the global present and target the
metaphysical and ontoepistemological dimensions of modern thought.
Currently, she is a Professor and Director of The Social Justice Institute
(the Institute for Gender
Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice) at the University of British