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Symposium | Talking out loud: Towards an interdisciplinary approach on postcolonial and decolonial thoughts

28/02/2020 @ 10:00 - 17:45

Organizers: Tibisay Sankatsing Nava (PhD candidate, KITLV/Leiden University) and dr. Joseph Sony Jean (Post-doctoral Researcher, KITLV/Leiden University).

As veritable tools against the colonial discourses and methodologies postcolonial and decolonial thoughts play an important role in academic debates. With the emergence of postcolonial and decolonial thoughts, researchers from various disciplines propose to look at the world differently through a critical perspective, by rejecting the dominant theories and methodologies.

This one-day interdisciplinary symposium aims to discuss Caribbean responses to the global debates on decolonization of academic research. The symposium will explore the concepts of ‘postcoloniality’ and ‘decoloniality’ in the context of research in the social sciences and humanities. Through keynote lectures, presentations, and panel group discussions, participants are invited to explore current perspectives and approaches related to this topic in Caribbean research contexts. The symposium will discuss practices in heritage studies, political science, sociology, archaeology and history and will aim to develop decolonial research perspectives that can be useful on a global scale.

10:00: Walk in & coffee

10:25: Welcome by Tibisay Sankatsing Nava and Dr. Joseph Sony Jean

10:30: ‘Acknowledging the non-ordinary dimensions of decoloniality: The case of the Kingdom of the Netherlands’, by Dr. Francio Guadeloupe (Researcher at KITLV/University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

11:00: ‘Recolonisation and decolonial woes: A perspective from Antigua and Barbuda’, by Dr. Beatriz Marín-Aguilera (Renfrew Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, UK)

11:30: Discussion

12:00: Lunch

13:30: ‘The double fracture: Colonization and environment’, by Dr. Malcom Ferdinand (Researcher at CNRS/University Paris Dauphine, France)

14:00: ‘Notes on feminist decolonial positionality(ies)’, by Dr. Rosalba Icaza Garza (Associate Professor at International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

14:30: Coffee break

15:00: Keynote lecture ‘Can decolonisation facilitate sustainable development? Challenges, opportunities, and a pathway’, by Prof. dr. Claire Smith (Professor at College of  Humanities, Arts and Science, Flinders University, Australia)

15:45: Panel discussion – Prof. dr. Claire Smith, Dr. Rosalba Icaza Garza, Dr. Malcom Ferdinand, Dr. Beatriz Marin-Aguilera, Dr. Francio Guadeloupe. Moderator: Dr. Andrzej Antczak (Leiden University/KITLV).

16:45: Closing remarks & Symposium drinks

Registration is  required. Please register via the following form.


10:00 - 17:45
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Van Steenis Building, Room F1.04, Leiden University