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Lecture | “Peace is dangerous”: How colonialism shaped European “post-fascism” | Ali Meghji

June 17 @ 15:30 - 17:00

In the spirit of our ongoing research into the afterlives of slavery and colonialism, KITLV will welcome Ali Meghji to present a lecture celebrating the end of the academic year.

Professor Ali Meghji will discuss how colonial practices shaped European policy in the inter- and post-war eras. Drawing from his work in the archives of sociologist and social theorist W.E.B. Du Bois, Meghji explores the ‘post-fascism’ policies of European nations and their allies and how these efforts at ‘peace’ often served to extend colonial practices and violence.


Professor Ali Meghji is an Associate Professor of Social Inequalities at Cambridge University. His research ‘puts critical race theory into dialogue with postcolonial sociology, in order to understand the global dynamics of racialization and racism.’ His most recent books include A secret synergy: race, decoloniality, and world crises (2023) and The racialized social system (2022). Professor Meghji is also the co-editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Sociology and Sociology Compass.


Alison Fischer is a PhD Candidate on the topic of law, race and post-colonial communities in the Netherlands. She is exploring how law has played a historical role in constructing racial identities in Dutch society and how those constructions affect the exercise of citizenship and belonging in the Netherlands

Format, venue, date & time

This seminar will be held in the new conference room of KITLV (Herta Mohr Building, Witte Singel 27A, 2311 BG Leiden) on Monday 17 June from 15.30– 17.00 PM (CET).


If you want to join this seminar, please register via: [email protected].


Dutch troops landing east of Medan during the Indonesian war of independence. Photo: Netherlands Indies Government Information Service in Batavia.

Professor Ali Meghji. Photo: Decolonize Sociology @ Cambridge.



June 17
15:30 - 17:00
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KITLV, Herta Mohr Building (Leiden University)
Witte Singel 27A
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