Published online by Cambridge University Press: 05 December 2019
This chapter retraces the radical ‘imaginative geography’ of Pan-Africanism (and its demise) through the literature of Abrahams and Sembene. Beyond exploring the imaginative geography of the texts it also calls attention to the imaginative or discursive nature of geography itself. It is argued that the ‘imaginative geography’ of the Cold War served to circulate and sediment a particular way of ‘writing global space’ (a ‘geopolitics’), which in turn legitimised the ‘world of states’, and de-legitimised its alternatives. The Cold War and international law, it is argued, conspired to defeat Pan-Africanism’s radical project to rewrite the global.