Post-Colonial Welcome?

Tanisha Jowsey*

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What's hot in anthropological multimedia spaces right now? In this inaugural multimedia review column we take a look at the Australian podcast series called Welcome? ( Welcome? offers nine podcast episodes that explore postcolonial relationality in three case study locations: Australia, Kenya and Papua New Guinea. The podcast emerged from the Beyond Recognition: Postcolonial Relationality Across Difference project, led by Yin Paradies and funded by the Australian Research Council.

I started with Nubian Nostalgia (parts one and two). Instantly, I was whirled away into a nostalgic space of traditional anthropology storytelling and meaning making. These pods are beautifully woven audio of anthropologist Sam Balaton-Chrimes as she visits Kibra in Nairobi and speaks with Nubian locals who explain their perspectives on how colonial history has shaped their various senses of selfhood. Several storytelling techniques bring to life the complexities of Nubian positionality. For example, Sam summarises key messages and culturally significant issues at play, and her voice is then followed by the voices of Nubian people describing their particular experience or view. Voices fade in and out, sometimes overlayed with one another as interpreters work. Nubians describe how colonial legacies inform their sense of relationality as—or in contrast to—Kenyans. Hearing people's voices and the soundscapes in which they live offers a depth and intimacy to the podcasts that cannot be easily captured in more traditional scholarly pieces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-139
Number of pages2
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


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