Decolonisation has become a powerful element in the social transformations that permeate much of the globe today. At the same time decolonisation points towards a distinct historical period that changed global and international relations.
The study of its decolonisation therefore attracts scholars from a wide variety of fields; their contributions could powerfully stimulate mutual insight. This is important in light of a key contradiction in global academia today, namely the embrace of global perspectives in European and American academia and the increased dissatisfaction in Africa and Asia about the incomplete ‘decolonisation’ of academia and society.
Through a variety of workshops, activities and even a podcast we aim to provide a forum for the intensive interdisciplinary study of decolonisation as a historically situated order by bringing together faculty and graduate students from different departments within Utrecht University and beyond. (A list of our core-members can be found here)
We are also developing resources for research and teaching. The Reading Lists is our project to build a decolonised syllabas. The Decolonisation Database is a collection of interviews with practionars. It will function as a database to collect the experience of people's decolonisation efforts.
The Ideological Scramble for Africa by Frank Gerits
Book launch event on the 19th April from 17h to 20h. Attend in person or online! More information here.