This essay stages a forensic archaeology of the heterogeneous and layered more-than-human multiplicities that are either forgotten or suppressed in the practices of diasporic subject constitution and historiographical memorialisation. My point of departure for this analysis is a family photograph that I proceed to situate within the extra-individual forces of empire and settler colonialism, precisely in order to realise the practice of a decolonising migrant historiography, as a practice that refuses uncritically to reproduce the racialised and asymmetrical relations of power that inscribe diasporic subjects within settler-colonial formations. Simultaneously, my concern is to unsettle the hegemonic order of anthropocentrism. In my desire to disrupt the strictures of this anthropocentric frame, I will mobilise two plants – the agave (Agave americana) and prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) – as the key agents that will enable me to materialise both a decolonising and what I term a de-anthropocentricising migrant historiography.
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- transnational identities
- migrant historiography
- migrant visual culture