Airport Pickups, Translation and Other Unfair Burdens

African researchers often serve as indispensable gatekeepers to the communities where Northern academics proudly build their careers—but this burden comes at a high cost to locals and exacerbates the inherent coloniality that underlies North-South collaboration.
 
2 white Northern academics working in Africa—who also occasionally function as gatekeepers—delved into this problematic nature of “scholars, graduate students, study abroad programmes, all treating the lived realities of 1.2 billion individuals as part of their personal and career development.” 

From airport pickups to social capital spent arranging meetings for colleagues—it smacks of coloniality.  

 
How can visiting researchers avoid this dynamic? The authors offer 10 concrete suggestions.
 
Journal of African Cultural Studies

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