Revolutionary Papers

Revolutionary Papers is a transnational research collaboration exploring 20th century periodicals of Leftanti-imperial and anti-colonial critical production. Read More

Teaching Tools

The Revolutionary Papers Teaching Tools highlight methods of research to bring out relevant insights about periodicals and the politics and pedagogies they were steeped in at the time and since then. They are designed for both educational and organising settings and can be used to focus on certain features of research into the periodical. Learn more.

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Revolutionary Papers Conference ’22: Counter-Institutions, -Politics and -Culture in Periodicals of the Global South

Presented by

Sara Kazmi Ben Verghese Phokeng Setai
21 April 2023

The Revolutionary Papers Conference was held at Community House in Cape Town between April 28-30, 2022. The conference looked at how periodicals—including newspapers, magazines, cultural journals, and newsletters—played a key role in establishing new counter publics, social and cultural movements, institutions, political vocabularies, and art practices. Bringing together scholars, activists, and artists, the workshop traced […]

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Adelante: Blackness and Anti-Racism in Cuba

Presented by

Jorge Daniel Vásquez
12 October 2022

Between 1935 and 1938, the monthly newspaper Adelante functioned as an expression of the anti-racist struggle in Cuba, denouncing the persistence of racial inequality and racism. Adelante debated the problem of Afro-Cubans, and, in the same phase, economic reparation was demanded in response to the political participation of black people in the Cuban nation. This […]

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Mapping the Social Lives of The Namibian Review

Presented by

Koni Benson Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja Asher Gamedze
27 April 2022

The Namibian Review: A Journal of Contemporary South West African Affairs was published between 1976-1987. Initially it was produced by the Namibian Review Group (later known as the Swedish Namibian Association) and 14 editions were printed by Namibian political exiles in Sweden between 1976-1978. In 1979 the journal was translocated from Stockholm to Windhoek where […]

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The Workers’ Herald: The Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union of Africa (ICU) and International Socialism

Presented by

David Johnson
25 April 2022

The Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union of Africa (ICU) and its charismatic leader, Clements Kadalie, dominated the Southern African political landscape of the 1920s. At its peak in 1927, the ICU had 100-1500,000, eclipsing by some distance the African National Congress (ANC) and the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA). The ICU’s message of international […]

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Dawn: sites of struggle, contested historical narratives and the making of the disciplined cadre

Presented by

Sam Longford
24 April 2022

This teaching tool focuses on Dawn, the official organ of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), or ‘Spear of the Nation’, which was the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP). Founded after the banning of organisations associated with the Congress Alliance and the ‘turn to armed struggle’ in […]

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Voice of the Children

Presented by

Mishca Peters
24 April 2022

Izwi Labantwana, Die Kinderstem, Voice of the Children is the official newsletter of the southern African organisation the Children’s Movement, which had been produced between 1986 and 2017. The newsletter released issues annually in the early 90s, increasing up to five issues per annum in the later years. The production team largely consisted of child […]

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Sawt al-Thawra

Presented by

Marral Shamshiri-Fard
21 April 2022

Sawt al-Thawra (Voice of the Revolution) was a weekly bulletin published by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Oman and the Arabian Gulf (PFLOAG), or Jabha al-Shaʻbīya li-Taḥrīr ʻUmān wa-al-Khalīj al-ʻArabī in Arabic, from 1972. The PFLOAG was a Marxist-Leninist organisation engaged in armed revolutionary struggle in Dhofar, Oman, against a counterinsurgency commanded by […]

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Early South African Black Press: Abantu-Batho and Umteteli wa Bantu

Presented by

Sisanda Nkoala
21 April 2022

The Early South African Black Press texts are a category of newspapers and magazines published between 1836 – 1960 aimed at Black, Coloured and Indian South Africans. Because this category of publications was designated retrospectively by scholars who have sought to understand these texts, the designation of which publications fall in this group can seem […]

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Youth

Presented by

Idriss Jebari
27 February 2022

The Perspectives Tunisiennes movement was intimately linked to youth throughout its history. Founded in 1963 by Tunisian university students in Paris, it presented itself in opposition to the gerontocratic regime of the Parti Destourien Socialiste of Habib Bourguiba. In turn, it espoused the concerns of the country’s youth, which came to represent an open future […]

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An Archive of Literary Reconstruction in al-Jadid

Presented by

Hana Morgenstern
21 February 2022

What can a textual artifact such as a journal’s table of contents tell us about a particular literary culture?  Quite a lot, it turns out, when one begins to excavate the political and cultural networks and practices of a period that are revealed therein. In this tool we will take a closer look at a […]

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Mazdoor Kissan Party Circular

Presented by

Sara Kazmi
21 October 2021

This teaching tool provides insight into the cultural politics of the Mazdoor Kissan Party (MKP) in Punjab, Pakistan. A brief introduction to the party’s formation, trajectory, historical context, and key intellectuals like, Ali Arshad Mir, Ishaque Muhammad and Sibtul Hassan Zaigham will be provided. However, the focus is on the party’s synthesis of regional histories […]

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Jabal, The Voice of Balochistan

Presented by

Mahvish Ahmad Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
21 October 2021

Between 1973 and 1977, the Balochistan People’s Liberation Front or BPLF (earlier the Parari) launched an insurgency against the central Pakistani government. They were protesting the dismissal of a democratically-elected provincial government in the country’s southern, marginalised province of Balochistan; subsequent arrests and conspiracy trials of socialist, Baloch political leaders and workers; and a military […]

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Al-Fatah and the Struggle for Press Freedom

Presented by

Munema Zahid Niha Nazar Shiza Vaqas
10 May 2023

  Al-Fatah (“The Victory” in Arabic) was a weekly Urdu-language socialist periodical published out of Karachi, Pakistan, from May 1970 till approximately July 1990. It published a wide variety of content, although there was a distinct proclivity towards political topics. Al-Fatah‘s socialist leanings informed many stances that it took during its run. It was decidedly pro-China […]

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Tulu

Presented by

Noor us Sahar Maryam Irfan Abdul Haleem
10 May 2023

Tulu was a Soviet state-sponsored publication in Pakistan that was in print from 1967-1991, and stopped production after the fall of the Soviet Union. Headquartered in the Soviet Union, it had Russian and Pakistani co-editors who wrote in Urdu, and later in English as well. The magazine was a part of the cultural war between […]

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‘Critical Realisms’ in Savera: Mapping an Evolution of Urdu Literary Writing in Post-Partition India

Presented by

Areej Akhtar Sana Farrukh Javaria Ahmad
8 May 2023

“Radical changes are taking place in Indian society…We believe that the new literature of India must deal with the basic problems of our existence to-day– the problems of hunger and poverty, social backwardness, and political subjection. All that drags us down to passivity, inaction and un-reason we reject as reactionary. All that arouses in us […]

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Lail-o-Nihar | لیل و نہار

Presented by

Ahmad Hasan Cheema Ayan S. Raja
27 April 2023

In 1957, Mian Iftikharuddin’s publishing house, Progressive Papers Limited, began to produce a weekly magazine called Lail-o-Nihar. One of the magazine’s first editors was the renowned writer Syed Sibte Hassan while author Faiz Ahmed Faiz was its Chief Editor. Both individuals and the founder belonged to the left-wing intellectual group in Pakistan, commonly known as […]