BANDUNG2 is a global movement of individuals committed to replacing all man-made forms of supremacy with a system of justice based on The Qur'an. The dominant contemporary form of man-made supremacy is the globally operating system of Racism (White Supremacy).
Now consider the following extract from Philip N. Howard’s Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up (2015).
States once stocked up on gold to show off their stability. Now bond markets, currency speculators, and security analysts judge a government’s stability by its ability to keep electrical power flowing and its devices connected to the internet. (p.55)
History is a shifting, problematic discourse, ostensibly about an aspect of the world, the past, that is produced by a group of present-minded workers (overwhelmingly in our culture salaried historians) who go about their work in mutually recognisable ways that are epistemologically, methodologically, ideologically and practically positioned and whose products, once in circulation, are subject to a series of uses and abuses that are logically infinite but which in actuality generally correspond to a range of power bases that exist at any given moment and which structure and distribute the meanings of histories along a dominant-marginal spectrum. (pp.31-32)
Extract taken from Re-thinking History by Keith Jenkins (London: Routledge, 2003).
Consider the following ‘biting’ critique of the ‘ontological turn’ within contemporary European / Eurocentric thought:
Extract taken from Jackson, Z.I. (2015) Outer Worlds: The Persistence of Race in Movement ‘Beyond The Human’. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 21 (2-3): Queer Inhumanisms. Edited by Mel Y. Chen and Dana Luciano, pp.215-218.
The ‘algorithmic turn’ is a historical phase (‘iteration’) within an arguably algorithmic project – White Supremacy (Racism) under colonial modernity – and we need to understand the history of the present, the ‘now’ (Latin modus as in ‘modernity’) in order to be able to chart / forge Islamic future(s).
In the face of neoliberal commodification and a digital-individual informational Singularity, we can fire up the radical science App of our choice—Siri replaced by a composite of Comte, Marx, and Foucault, perhaps—use the hacker ethic to crowdsource some new code for Cousin’s (1853) interior observation, hook ourselves up to the neuromarketers’ MRIs, and create a new kind of data trail for the universe of self-replicating code in the planetary networks of outrage and hope. Or we can just disconnect. Or we can just think about disconnecting. Think different [emphasis added]. (p.686)
Extract taken from Wyly, E. (2014) Automated (post)positivism. Urban Geography 35(5): 669–690.
‘Disconnect’ – de-link, make takfeer (reject), practice ijtinaab (shunning, abandonment) – from the modern/colonial logics of Big Data / Transhumanism / Posthumanism?
Such is the universalism of history that, to this day, within the walls of academia, the only word that names that which opposes the benign and salvific rule of history (and the imperatives to “contextualize” and “historicize”) is an unequivocal term of opprobrium: essentialism. This is not to suggest (as if one could) that we should not study history, or indeed, that we study it enough, much less that we do so well. Only to remark that the recurring appeal to history as some form of scholarly panacea is itself entangled in a history that conceives ot itself as soteriological, as the critical blessing that heals the curse of ahistorical existence.
Extract taken from Anidjar, Gil. (2015) History of Race, the Race of History. The Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. 105, No. 4: 515-521.