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ACES launches a new online lecture series: Decolonising Europe in International Politics. Starting 17 June 2020, four weekly panel sessions and one book presentation will be organised on Wednesday afternoons. During the sessions broad themes on decoloniality, methodologies, and knowledge production will be discussed. Some of the sessions are more conceptual bringing the decolonial debates to a broad academic audience, and other sessions are narrowed down to specific topics that serve as thematic discussions of decolonising and decentering knowledge and research in a European context. The series is convened by Beste İşleyen and Tasniem Anwar, UvA Department of Political Science.

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.

Decolonising Europe #1: Decentering Europe: How to rethink Europe’s place in the world and in academia?

Available Online 

With Gurminder Bhambra (University of Sussex) and Darshan Vigneswaran (University of Amsterdam)

Decolonising Europe #2: Who gets to speak? The exclusion of voices in academia and society. 

Available Online 

With: Robbie Shilliam (Johns Hopkins University) and Nivi Manchanda (Queen Mary University of London).

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Decolonising Europe #3: Rethinking European-Ottoman Encounters through Islam, democracy and capitalism

Available Online

With Senem Aydın-Düzgit (Sabancı University) and Cemal Burak Tansel (Sheffield University).

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Decolonising Europe #4: Europe and Colonial ‘Lives’ in North Africa.

Wednesday 8 Jylu 15:00 - 16:00

With Sara Salem

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Decolonising Europe #5: Decolonising the curriculum

Wednesday 15 July 15:00 - 16:00

With Rosalba Icaza and Michael Onyebuchi Eze

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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. 

If you want to be updated on the series please subscribe to the Series Newsletter. In the newsletter we will share the confirmed dates, speakers, YouTube links and collect a reading lists for each lecture. 

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