For years, Emily Dickinson had been sitting alone in her room, watching the world outside through the window. Taking notes, writing beautiful lines. Words about trees and flowers, rain and the wind, death and living. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an American poet who spent most of her adult life confined to her house and it seems also for long periods staying in her bedroom. All but four of her over 1800 poems were published posthumously when they had been found by her relatives among her belongings. Who was she writing to? Why did she write?
Critique has a history, or to be more precise, many histories (Foucault, 1996), and so does journal publishing. In Foucault’s reading, critique emerged as one of the key constructs of the Enlightenment, and in particular as resistance to the ‘veritable explosion’ of the will to govern and the art of governing from the 15th century onwards (Foucault, 1996: 383).
To study ‘coloniality’ means acknowledging contemporary ways in which indirect colonial domination is perpetuated, even after the independence of colonizing countries direct administration — mainly through the cultural and economic structures imposed by global transnational organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and World Trade Organization (WTO), among others (Arango, 2015; Bhambra, 2014; Grosfoguel, 2011).