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ACES launches the second part of its online lecture series Decolonising Europe. Starting 23 September, five bi-weekly panel sessions will be organised (four on Wednesday, one on Thursday afternoon) at which broad themes on decoloniality, methodologies, and knowledge production will be discussed. Some sessions will be conceptual in character, bringing the decolonial debates to a broad academic audience. Other sessions zoom in on 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 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.

New Images

For this lecture series we have decided to change the map that was used in the imagery. The old map is still featured on the imagery enabling you to compare the two projections. Polly Pallister-Wilkins, ACES affiliates explains why:

"Critical cartography has drawn our attention to how maps produce understandings of our world in particular ways. Jeremy Crampton and John Krygier suggest that a “map is a specific set of power-knowledge claims” (2006: 4), while John Pickles argues “mapping even as it is claimed to represent the world, produces it” (2004: 93). With this in mind social scientists have critiqued mainstream projections of our world most famously epitomised by the well-known Mercator Projection. In this projection, it is argued, the challenges of rendering a three-dimensional sphere into two dimensions has led to the northern hemisphere being over-enlarged in comparison to the southern hemisphere leading to cartographic imaginations about the relative size of the continents and echoing Crampton’s assertion that “maps make space as much as they record space” (2010: 48). In the Mercator Projection therefore, Europe (and North America) appear over-proportioned in comparison to Africa, South and South East Asia and South America. With this in mind, the Decolonising Europe series is addressing the unbalanced image of Europe in the world represented by the Mercator Projection, choosing instead to use an alternative Hobo-Dyer projection in future promotional materials."


Decolonising Europe #6: Decolonising Indonesia: Extraction, property and race

Wednesday 23 September 16:00 - 17:00

Speakers:  Lisa Tilley, Lecturer in Politics, Birkbeck University London & Tamara Soukotta, PhD researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of The Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Decolonising Europe #7: Decolonising the musem & art: Collections, colonialism & curators

Thursday 8 October 16:00 - 17:00

Speakers:  Quinsy Gario, independent artist, Chiara de Cesari, Associate Professor in European Studies and Cultural Studies, University of Amsterdam & Wayne Modest, Professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies, Vrij Universitweit Amsterdam. 

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Decolonising Europe #8: Provincialising Europe: Revisiting debates on global warming and the Anthropocene

Wednesday 21 October 16:00 - 17:00 

Speaker: Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

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Decolonising Europe #9: Sovereignty and political authority: Colonial encounters and interventions

Wednesday 4 November 16:00 - 17:00 

Speakers:  Ayse Zarakol, Reader in International Relations, University of Cambridge & Xavier Mathieu, Lecturer in Politics, University of Liverpool 

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Decolonising Europe #10: Decolonising Migration

Tuesday 17 November 16:00 - 17:00

Speaker: Nadine El-Enany 

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Decolonising Europe #11: Decolonising humanitarianism

Wednesday 2 December 16:00 - 17:00

Speaker: Farhana Sultana, Associate Professor of Geography, Syracuse University

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The recordings of the first part of the series are available online on YouTube.

Find the overview here