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You who understand the dehumanization of forced removal-relocation-reeducation-redefinition, the humiliation of having to falsify your own reality, your voice – you know. And often cannot say it.  You try and keep on trying to unsay it, for if you don’t, they will not fail to fill in the blanks on your behalf, and you will be said.
— (Trinh Minh-Ha, 1989;  80).

In South Atlantic Hauntings: Geographies of Memory, Ancestralities and Re-Memberings I move through and explore the parameters of the real as it is constituted by the epistemologies of imperial Western knowledge and its historical foundations. In this engagement the real is understood as being produced through the violent erasure of epistemological difference, the knowledge systems and othered ways of being from beyond the bounds of what constitutes the real of the dominating epistemology. I work through the idea of elision with reference to knowledges and their enunciations that are produced as marginal through processes of disavowing the legitimacy, value or presence of ways of knowing and being that are ‘othered’ as they are different from hegemonic norms. Elision, however, suggests that the subsumed is always (and regardless of its omission present) between and a part of that which is spoken, written and which is recognised as valid. I consider how this ‘reality’ is constantly encroached upon and troubled by the presence of what it elides, that is, the othered realities it would deny. I engage with the possibilities for speaking from spaces of elision through a conception of ghosts and haunting. I am preoccupied with enunciations from spaces beyond epistemic power and the crisis such epistemically disobedient articulations cause to hegemony.