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The online series 'Decolonising Europe' starts with a session exploring what 'Eurocentrism' means. How did the term emerge and why was it necessary? In this session the origins and implications of ‘Eurocentric’ views on international politics will be discussed, and possible avenues of thinking differently and what it entails to do research from non-European perspective will be explored.

Event details of Decolonising Europe #1: Decentering Europe
Date 17 June 2020
Time 16:30 -17:30

About the Speakers        

Gurminder K Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. Her research interest lie primarily in the area of postcolonial and global historical sociology, she is also interested in the intersection of the social sciences more generally with recent work in postcolonial and decolonial studies. Her current project is on epistemological justice and reparations. She has published widely on human rights, decolonial approaches to knowledge production and historical sociology.

Darshan Vigneswaran is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, where he is also the Co-Director of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies. His research lies at the intersection of international relations and political geography. He aims to understand and explain deep changes in the structure of international politics. In his work he is primarily interested in how territory has been reconfigured in response to changing patterns of human mobility and settlement. 

About the Decolonising Europe Online Lecture 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 different disciplines. This online series provides an opportunity for engaging with different 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 different institutions around the world to critically engage with our understanding of Europe, for example in international relations, political sociology and political economy. The series will give the audience the opportunity to ask questions to 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.

Series conveners: Beste İşleyen and Tasniem Anwar

Find the other sessions here 

The first part of the series consists of five session: four panels and one book launch. These sessions will have broader topics and are designed to set the stage for the second part of the series. The second part will start in September with lectures, panels and book launches. 

The sessions will be published on YouTube. 

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