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  • Junius Frey, Yuk Hui

    Kosmotechnik und Kommunismus

  • Birgit Schneider

    Der Anfang einer neuen Welt. Wie wir den Klimawandel…

  • Pavillion de Arsenal, Paris

    L'Empreinte de l'habitat / Housing Footprint

  • Nicolas Dorval Bory, Guillaume Ramillien

    Visible, Invisible

  • Michael Chanan

    From Printing to Streaming. Cultural Production under…

  • Erica Borg, Amedeo Policante

    Mutant Ecologies. Manufacturing Life in the Age of Genomic…

  • Deborah Fehlmann, Astrid Staufer (Hg.)

    Wohnen im Einklang. Strategien zum Bauen im Lärm auf…

  • Stephan Trinkaus

    Ökologien des Prekären. Zu einer Theorie des Haltens

  • Edited by Moises Puente. Introduction…

    2G 86. Arquitectura-G

  • Isabell Lorey

    Democracy in the Political Present. A Queer-Feminist Theory

  • Alexandra Schauer

    Mensch ohne Welt. Eine Soziologie spätmoderner…

  • Laura Tripaldi

    Parallel Minds. Discovering the Intelligence of Materials

  • Ashley Dawson

    Aussterben. Eine radikale Geschichte

  • Evi D. Sampanikou, Jan Stasienko (ed.)

    Posthuman Studies Reader. Core Readings on Transhumanism,…

  • Mindy Seu (ed.)

    Cyberfeminism Index

  • Maria Muhle

    Mimetische Milieus. Eine Ästhetik der Reproduktion

  • Sophie Lewis

    Abolish the Family. A Manifesto for Care and Liberation

  • Nicholas Thoburn

    Brutalism as Found. Housing, Form, and Crisis at Robin Hood…

  • Andreas Schätzke

    Verzweigte Moderne. Beiträge zur Architektur des 20.…

  • Kuba Szreder

    The ABC of the projectariat

  • Judith Butler

    What World Is This? A Pandemic Phenomenology

  • Andrew M. Shanken

    The Everyday Life of Memorials

  • Doreen Massey (Eds.: David Featherstone…

    Selected Political Writings

  • Paolo Virno

    The Idea of World. Public Intellect and Use of Life

  • Gwendolyn Owens, Philip Ursprung (Eds.)

    Gordon Matta-Clark. An Archival Sourcebook

  • Wolfgang Thöner, Karoline Lemke (Hg.)

    Bauhaus. Sprachrohr der Studierenden. Organ der Kostufra.…

  • Carolin Overhoff Ferreira

    Dekoloniale Kunstgeschichte. Eine methodische Einführung

  • Das Synagogen Projekt. Zum Wiederaufbau von Synagogen in…

  • Ramon Amaro

    The Black Technical Object. On Machine Learning and the…

  • Magdalena Jadwiga Härtelova

    It Is: You Appeared Once. A Story about Potential…

  • Bénédicte Ramade

    Vers un art anthropocène

  • Brandon Labelle (Hg)

    The Listening Biennial Reader. Vol. 1: Waves of Listening

  • Judith Siegmund (Hg)

    Handbuch Kunstphilosophie

  • Gleb Albert, Brigitta Bernet, Svenja…

    Im Krieg. Ukraine, Belarus, Russland. Geschichte der…

  • Hermann Funke

    Architekturkritiken 1962-2003. Hermann Funke

  • Stephanie Herold, Harald Engler,…

    Das Kollektiv. Formen und Vorstellungen gemeinschaftlicher…

  • Achille Mbembe, Felwine Sarr (eds)

    To Write the Africa World

  • Angela McRobbie, Daniel Strutt,…

    Fashion as Creative Economy. Micro-Enterprises in London,…

  • Amit Prasad

    Science Studies Meets Colonialism

  • Guillaume Blanc

    The Invention of Green Colonialism

  • Nathaniel Marcus

    Breathing Room. A dialogue with Lakuti & Tama Sumo. Ein…

  • Jörg Schröder, Riccarda Cappeller,…

    Circular Design. Towards Regenerative Territories

  • Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago

    Against the Commons: A Radical History of Urban Planning

  • Donika Luzhnica & Jonas König (ed.)

    Prishtina in 53 Buildings

  • Elena Biserna (Ed)

    Walking from Scores

  • Tsvetelina Hristova, Brett Neilson and…

    Data Farms. Circuits, Labour, Territory

  • Lenka Veselá (Ed.)

    Synthetic Becoming

  • Stavros Stavrides, Penny Travlou (Eds)

    Housing as Commons. Housing Alternatives as Response to the…

  • Christiane Rösinger

    Was jetzt kommt. Christiane Rösinger. Ausgewählte Songtexte

  • Pier Vittorio Aureli, Martino Tattara

    Dogma. Living and Working

  • Baburov, Djumenton, Gutnov, Kharitonova…

    The Ideal Communist City

  • Briana J. Smith

    Free Berlin. Art, Urban Politics, and Everyday Life

  • Hg. Oliver Clemens, Jesko Fezer, Kim…

    An Architektur Archive

  • Andri Gerber, Martin Tschanz (Hg)

    Sprengkraft Raum. Architektur um 1970 von Esther und Rudolf…

  • Christian Dehli, Andrea Grolimund

    Kazuo Shinohara: The Umbrella House Project

  • Boris Groys

    Becoming an Artwork

  • DeForrest Brown, Jr.

    Assembling a Black Counter Culture

  • The Beach Machine. Making and Operating the Mediterranean…

  • Yuma Shinohara, Andreas Ruby (Hg.)

    Make Do With Now: New directions in Japanese Architecture

  • Zara Pfeifer

    ICC Berlin

  • Florian Heilmeyer, Sandra Hofmeister (…

    Berlin. Urbane Architektur und Alltag seit 2009

  • CuratorLab (Ed.)

    Assuming Asymmetries. Conversations on Curating Public Art…

  • Michael Rawson

    The Nature of Tomorrow. A History of the Environmental…

  • András Szántó

    Imagining the Future Museum. 21 Dialogues with Architects

  • Hiuwai Chu, Meagan Down, Nkule Mabaso,…

    CLIMATE: Our Right to Breathe

  • Patricia Ribault

    Design, Gestaltung, Formatività

  • Martina Baum, Markus Vogl (Hg.)

    Täglich. Warum wir Öffentlichkeit, öffentlichen Raum und…

  • Stuart Hyatt, Janneane Blevins &…

    Stations.  Listening to the Deep Earth

  • Anne Davidian, Laurent Jeanpierre (Eds.)

    What Makes an Assembly? Stories, Experiments, and Inquiries

  • Ingo Offermanns (Ed.) Dokho Shin &…

    Graphic Design Is (...) Not Innocent: Scrutinizing Visual…

  • Silke Langenberg (Hg.)

    Upgrade: Making Things Better

  • Christiane Sauer, Mareike Stoll, Ebba…

    Architectures of Weaving

  • Wilfried Wang (Hg.)

    On the Duty and Power of Architectural Criticism

  • Christian Sander

    Claude Parent, Paul Virilio - Architecture Principe. Formen…

  • Marie-France Rafael

    Passing Images

  • Mohsen Mostafavi (ed)

    Manfredo Tafuri. Modern Architecture in Japan

  • Material Cultures

    Material Cultures: Material Reform. Building for a Post-…

  • Leonhard Laupichler & Sophia…

    New Aesthetic 3. A Collection of Experimental and…

  • Sven Lütticken

    Art and Autonomy. A Critical Reader

  • Christian Brox (Brox+1)

    BERLIN POSSIBILITY. Rave in Ruinen. Clubkultur 1990 bis…

  • Florian Strob (Hg.)

    Architect of Letters. Reading Hilberseimer

  • Wolfgang Thöner, Florian Strob, Andreas…

    Linke Waffe Kunst. Die Kommunistische Studentenfraktion am…

  • bell hooks

    Dazugehören. Über eine Kultur der Verortung

  • Florian Idenburg, LeeAnn Suen,…

    The Office of Good Intentions. Human(s) Work

  • Peter Kiefer, Michael Zwenzner (Hg.)

    Exhibiting SoundArt

  • Jesko Fezer

    Umstrittene Methoden. Architekturdiskurse der…

  • Angelika Juppien, Richard Zemp,…

    Atlas des Dazwischenwohnens. Wohnbedürfnisse jenseits der…

  • Joerg Franzbecker, Naomi Hennig,…

    X Properties. Berliner Hefte zu Geschichte und Gegenwart…

  • Lauren Berlant

    On the Inconvenience of Other People

  • Pierre Charbonnier

    Überfluss und Freiheit. Eine ökologische Geschichte der…

  • Stefano Harney, Fred Moten

    Allseits unvollkommen. Plantokratie und schwarzes Studium

  • Lucius Burckhardt

    Gerade noch gutgegangen. Fünf Jahrzehnte Planungskritik

  • Vittoria Pavesi (Hg)

    The Missing Planet. Visions and Re-Visions of Soviet Times

  • Charles L. Davis II

    Building Character.The Racial Politics of Modern…

  • Teddy Cruz, Fonna Forman

    Spatializing Justice. Building Blocks

  • Jacopo Galimberti

    Images of Class. Operaismo, Autonomia and the Visual Arts (…

  • Frida Grahn (Hg.)

    Denise Scott Brown. In Other Eyes. Portraits of an Architect

  • Dagmar Pelger

    Spatial Commons. Zur Vergemeinschaftung urbaner Räume

cover The Invention of Green Colonialism

The Invention of Green Colonialism

The story begins with a dream – the dream of Africa.  Virgin forests, majestic mountains surrounded by savannas, vast plains punctuated with the rhythms of animal life where lions, elephants and giraffes reign as lords of nature, far from civilization – all of us carry such images in our heads, imagining Africa as a timeless Eden untouched by the ravages of modernity. 

But this Africa has never existed. The more we destroy nature here, the more we fantasize about it in Africa. Along with UNESCO, the WWF and other organizations, we convince ourselves that the African national parks are protecting the last vestiges of a world once untouched and wild. In reality, argues Guillaume Blanc, these organizations are responsible for naturalizing large tracts of the African continent, turning territories into parks and forcibly evicting thousands of people from the lands where they have lived for centuries. Making use of archives and oral histories, Blanc investigates this battle for a phantom Africa and the contradictory claims of nations who destroy nature at home while believing that they are protecting the natural world abroad. In so doing, they enact a new type of colonialism: green colonialism.


Guillaume Blanc
The Invention of Green Colonialism
Polity Press, 2022, 978-1-5095-5089-0