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In this session, we continue our conversation on how decoloniality is related to the Eastern part of Europe. Our speakers will explore the theoretical and political filiations between dependency theory, world-systems analysis and decoloniality with a view to recentering the European East in decolonial thought, while decolonizing the category of “Eastern Europe” that the joint processes of coloniality and inter-imperiality bequeathed to the social sciences and to political-economic discourse.

Detail Summary
Date 7 April 2021
Time 16:00 -17:00

The session will discuss the genealogies of decoloniality and the awkward fit of the East of Europe in both world-systems scholarship and decolonial perspectives against the background of the geopolitics of knowledge behind the construction of Eastern Europe as one of Europe’s Others. We will discuss how a focus on regions that shifted in and out of the sphere of influence of non-Western empires while being complicit with the Western colonial enterprise can shed light on situations of coloniality and imperiality in ways that decenter our understanding of empire and transform our assumptions about “Europe”’s role in (de)coloniality. We will ask decolonial notions such as ‘creolization’ apply to our understanding of multiple and unequal Europe. What new avenues of thinking does a decolonial approach offer in order to revisit debates on postcommunism and the coloniality of power? Can we talk about the coloniality of empire?


Prof. Manuela Boatcă (University of Freiburg)

Dr.  Ovidiu Țichindeleanu (Independent Scholar)


Dr. Beste İşleyen (University of Amsterdam)

About the Series

What is Europe’s place in the world in 2020? Both societal and academic debates have brought up this question. Increasingly, scholars have turned to decolonial studies to rethink Europe’s place and to answer this important question. The call for decolonisation has opened up diverse reactions and debates from various academic disciplines. This online series provides an opportunity for engaging with scholars and academic debates in decolonialism, and to reflect and learn more about a variety of approaches and topics. During the online seminars we will address questions such as:  What does ‘decolonising Europe’ mean? Why and how did the decolonialising research agenda emerge? What new research avenues do decolonial approaches bring? In what ways does decolonial thinking make visible academic and societal issues and topics that have not received adequate attention so far? How can we work with decolonial methodologies and theories in our daily research activities?

The series will cover interventions by academics from institutions around the world to critically engage with our understanding of Europe. There is opportunity to engage with established scholars in this field, explore decolonial literature and research, and to reflect on the broader societal and political stakes of rethinking Europe’s place in the world.

See here the overview of all the lectures (link)

Series conveners: Beste İşleyen and Tasniem Anwar

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