In our globalized world, writers and scholars from the Global South increasingly engage with one another through their mutual relationship to the West. This obscures South-South relationships, both past and present. Cultures of the Global South — which includes the Third World and minority groups in the West — have a great deal to learn from one another by engaging in direct relationships and establishing direct lines of cultural and intellectual communication. The goal of the Global South Cultural Dialogue Project, initiated by scholars of color at Cornell University together with writers and scholars based in the Third World, is to facilitate conversation among writers and scholars from Africa, Latin America, and Asia as well as minority groups in the West. Through such a dialogue, we can learn how our different societies have responded to questions of language, identity, and the role of culture in the work of decolonization. This project seeks to encourage an honest discussion about the ties that bind the South to the South and to help imagine and create a more democratic and egalitarian global culture.
Contributors to the GSP forums write essays in response to a theme chosen by the Global South Project that in turn appear in different media in different parts of the world. GSP essays have appeared or will appear in the following media: World Literature Today, Frontline, Sunday Nation, National Mirror, Wasafiri, Journal of Contemporary Thought; Kwani?, Africa Review, St. Petersburg Review, Pambazuka News, Chimurenga, China Review International (for more information see participating journals and magazines).
For more background on the GSP, please see Ezra Magazine’s “Enthusiasm for professor’s ideas sparks new organization” and the introduction to the first forum, “Rethinking the Global South.”