Connections through Podcasts


Connections — exploring colonialism and dystopia through podcasts

Created by Mandy Irwin


“Can the experience of colonialism on indigenous cultures and the society they had to live and try to survive in be described as dystopian? Dystopian describes an imaginary/ real society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible. The definition of dehumanize is to deprive (someone or something) of human qualities, personality, or dignity: such as to subject (someone, such as a prisoner) to conditions or treatment that are inhuman or degrading. This social setting is one in which social injustice and abuse of power permeates all aspects of that society including government institutions.

This module will look at the question “Can we argue that colonialism and its impact on indigenous cultures created a dystopian society where social injustice dominated?” We should also think about the impact of colonialism on the indigenous culture’s perception of themselves and the colonists (the following generations). The texts we will be exploring and examining have all been written/directed from the perspective of the indigenous culture and their experiences under colonialism and post colonialism.