Decolonial Subversions
Our Contributors

In addition to publishing written, acoustic and visual Decolonial Subversions, we aim to be a platform where like-minded people from all walks of life and subject areas can connect, forge friendships and initiate collaborations. Below is a list of the Contributors of Decolonial Subversions, with their short bios. If you wish to get in touch with any of them, either contact them directly or, where their email is missing, contact us via our contact form [link] with a request to be connected.

Suyash Barve

Suyash Barve studied film direction and screenwriting in India, after which he worked as an associate producer and media consultant, before switching to academics to concentrate on his long-term interest of working in participatory media for social development.

His cinematic and written work explores the technological mediation of everyday existence in urban spaces, and the cultural politics of resistance in digital leisure activities.

Currently, Suyash is working on an independent research project focused on social media engagement and political mobilisation of urban youth from low-income communities in Mumbai. Suyash can be reached at:

Elisée Byelongo

Dr Byelongo Elisée Isheloke is a PhD holder in Management Sciences specialising in Business Administration from the Durban University of Technology. Amongst other things, he obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration, qualifications in Pedagogy and language teaching. With over 14 years of experience as an educator, Elisée works at the University of Cape Town as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Minerals to Metals Initiative) and he recently was added to the UCT linguistics group.

He used to also work as a sworn interpreter, a translator at the Alliance Française and at the Durban Magistrate Court.

His proficiency in English, French, Swahili, Esperanto and African languages (i.e Ebembe) gave impetus to him publishing in academic journals and other fora. He worked as a web journalist for the Mining IR during the Mining Indaba the outcome of which gave birth to +- 10 articles. Elisée has two books under his name and a variety of publications.

He now looks forward to decolonising research by all means. Elisée can be reached at:

Márton Demeter

Márton Demeter is an associate professor at the National University of Public Service in Budapest, Hungary. Márton studies global academic inequalities, transnational knowledge production and the uneven accumulation of global symbolic and academic capital.

In his studies he mainly focuses on social sciences in general and on communication and media studies in particular as the latter is one of the most biased discipline in terms of both educational networks and international publication patterns. Márton also analyses journalism practices beyond the Western world in general, and in the Central and Eastern European region in particular.

His research has been widely published in leading periodicals of the field such as Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, International Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Practice or Publishing Research Quarterly. Márton can be reached at

Monika Hirmer

Monika Hirmer is a PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London, in the Department of Religions and Philosophies. She is also a Teaching Assistant in the course ‘The Margins of Philosophy’: Postcolonial, Gender and Queer Epistemologies.

Trained as an anthropologist at the University of Hyderabad, India, from where she obtained her MPhil, her research is at the intersection of ethnography and philosophy, to which she applies a decolonial perspective.

Her research interests lie in South Asia, Anthropology, Decolonial Studies, Tantra and Śrīvidyā, Goddess Traditions, Ontology and Gender. Monika can be reached at

Romina Istratii

Dr Romina Istratii is an Honorary Research Associate at SOAS and has previously co-edited The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research.

She is an active member of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group and a firm advocate of epistemological decolonisation. Romina can be reached at

Giridhar Rao

At Azim Premji University, India, A. Giridhar Rao teaches courses on language policy, language pedagogy, linguistic human rights, Esperanto and linguistic democracy, and science fiction.

He blogs on these themes (in English) at and (in Esperanto) at Giridhar can be reached at

Alena Rettová

Professor Alena Rettová is Professor of African and Comparative Philosophy at SOAS, University of London. Her research focuses on philosophical expression in African languages.

Her book Afrophone Philosophies: Reality and Challenge (2007) examined texts in six African languages. Chanter l'existence: La poésie de Sando Marteau et ses horizons philosophiques (2013) analysed sung poetry in the Congolese variety of Swahili from the region of Lubumbashi (DRC). She is currently working on a monograph on the conceptualisations of non-human reality in Swahili scholarship.

From April 2020, Alena will lead a team of seven researchers, funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant entitled ‘Philosophy and Genre: Creating A Textual Basis for African Philosophy’ and hosted by the University of Bayreuth in Germany. Alena's team will interrogate the role of textual genre in the communication of philosophical meanings, with case studies drawing on eight languages (Ciluba, Swahili, Shona, Lingala, Kinyarwanda, Wolof, French, and English) and several textual genres (the essay, the novel, digital texts such as blogs and social media, scenario planning narratives, and multiple genres of poetry).

Lavinya Stennett

Lavinya is a recent graduate from SOAS, writer and CEO of The Black Curriculum. Her interests around Black history began whilst studying her degree in Development and African Studies.

During her year abroad in Aotearoa, she began researching and writing about place and identity in Black and indigenous histories.

She was recently awarded the Walter Rodney prize and holds the position as #2 UK Future Leader, by Powerful Media. Lavinya can be reached at