This collection of essays brings post-colonial and nationalist studies into dialogue with black diaspora and critical empire studies. Recent anti-globalisation and reparations movements are creating transnational alliances based on an understanding of the global interpenetration of capitalism, colonialism and racism. This issue brings academic practice more in line with these current social movements. Topics include the decolonisation of Palestine and South Africa; the state and antiquities in Egyptian nationalism; white constructions of black athletes; the racialisation of the Internet; the transnational links of black America and revolutionary Cuba; the meaning of Africa for Martin Delany, 19th century black American nationalist; the micro-politics of contemporary black American intellectuals. The issue also features an interview with Gayatri Spivak.