Sandew Hira, pen-name of Dew Baboeram, is an independent scholar and activist. He studied economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was born in 1955 in the former Dutch colony of Suriname in Latin Abya Yala (Latin America) and moved with his family to Holland in 1970. He studied economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
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In 1982 he published his first book that dealt with the history of the resistance against colonialism in Suriname from 1630-1940. Since then, he has published 25 books and numerous articles on colonial history and many other topics. His books are published by Amrit Publishers.
Hira is secretary of the Decolonial International Network Foundation (DIN). In this capacity he organizes a global network of decolonial activists, academics and institutions. More information about this work is to be found at www.din.today. He works closely with Dr. Munyaradzi Mushonga, the global academic director of DIN.
Hira is director of the International Institute for Scientific Research (IISR), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. IISR is an institute for decolonizing the mind and publishes its material on the Dutch language website www.iisr.nl.
Sandew Hira is married to Sitla Bonoo. They have a daughter, Pravini, a son, Amrit, and a granddaughter, Diya.Sandew Hira, pen-name of Dew Baboeram, is an independent scholar and activist. He studied economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 1982 he published his first book on the history of the struggle against colonialism in Suriname from 1630-1940. Since then he has published many books and numerous articles on history and race relations.
Hira is director of the International Institute for Scientific Research in The Hague. He is co-editor of the book series Decolonizing The Mind with Prof. Stephen Small (University of California-Berkeley) and visiting lecturer at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname in theories of development. Hira has contributed as guest lecturer at conferences in Holland, Belgium, Portugal, France, Spain, Curaçao, Suriname, USA, Mauritius and the UK.
His journey from Marxism to decolonial theory is recounted in an article in The Long View..