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School of Politics and International Relations

Where to now? Postcolonial Politics and International Relations in the 21st Century

26 April 2018

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Venue: Arts One Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London

All welcome to attend.

A roundtable to mark the launch of the Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics edited by Olivia U. Rutazibwa and Robbie Shilliam.


Engagements with the postcolonial world by International Relations scholars have grown significantly in recent years. The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics provides a solid reference point for understanding and analyzing global politics from a perspective sensitive to the multiple legacies of colonial and imperial rule.

The Handbook introduces and develops cutting-edge analytical frameworks that draw on Black, decolonial, feminist, indigenous, Marxist and postcolonial thought as well as a multitude of intellectual traditions from across the globe. Alongside empirical issue areas that remain crucial to assessing the impact of European and Western colonialism on global politics, the book introduces new issue areas that have arisen due to the mutating structures of colonial and imperial rule.

This vital resource is split into five thematic sections, each featuring a brief, orienting introduction:

Points of Departure
Popular Postcolonial Imaginaries
Struggles over the Postcolonial State
Struggles over Land
Alternative Global Imaginaries
Providing both a consolidated understanding of the field as it is, and setting an expansive and dynamic research agenda for the future, this Handbook is essential reading for students and scholars of International Relations alike.

Table of Contents:
1. Postcolonial Politics: An Introduction - Olivia U. Rutazibwa and Robbie Shilliam

Section 1: Points of Departure
3. Waiwai (Abundance) and Indigenous Futures - Mary Tuti Baker; 4. European Integration as a Colonial Project- Peo Hansen and Stefan Jonsson 5. Securing the Postcolonial- Pinar Bilgin ; 6. Social Struggles and the Coloniality of Gender- Rosalba Icaza; 7. Racism and ‘Blackism’ in a World Scale- Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Section 2: Popular Postcolonial Imaginaries
9. The Imperial Sociology of the ‘Tribe’- Nivi Manchanda; 10. Terrorism and the Postcolonial ‘State’- Swati Parashar; 11. The Colonial Mediterranean, Anonymity and Migration Control - Emilio Distretti;12. Violence, Hermeneutics and Postcolonial Diplomacy- Deep Kisor Datta-Ray;13. Arab Feminism: Between Secular and Islamic Models - Soumaya Mestiri;14. The Everyday Practices of Development- Althea Rivas 15. LGBTIQ Rights, Development Aid and Queer Resistance - Christine M. Klapeer;

Section 3: Struggles over the Postcolonial State
17. The State: Postcolonial Histories of the Concept - Gurminder K. Bhambra; 18. Race, Ethnicity and the State: Contemporary Quilombos in a Historical Perspective - Desiree Poets; 19. The Revolution of Smiling Women: Stateless Democracy and Power in Rojava - Dilar Dirik; 20. The Postcolonial Complex in Okinawa - Eiichi Hoshino; 21.‘Too Simple and Sometimes Naïve’: Hong Kong, between China and the West- Xin Liu;

Section 4: Struggles over Land
23. 'Old wine in new bottles’: Enclosure, Neoliberal Capitalism and Postcolonial Politics- A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi; 24. Saltwater Archives: Native Knowledge in a Time of Rising Tides- Joy Lehuanani Enomoto and D. Kealiʻi MacKenzie; 25. Global Environmental Harm, Internal Frontiers, and Indigenous Protective Ontologies - Ajay Parasram and Lisa Tilley; 26. No Migration, Repatriation: Spiritual Visionings and Political Limitations of Rastafari Repatriation to Ethiopia - Ijahnya Christian; 27. Is a Decolonised University Possible in a Colonial Society?- Andile Mngxitama;

Section 5: Alternative Global Imaginaries
29. Wanda’s Dream: Daoist World Politics in Five Acts - L.H.M. Lhm Ling; 30. Civilizing Process or Civilizing Mission? Toward a Post-Western Understanding of Human Security - Giorgio Shani; 31. Dialogical International Relations: Gandhi, Tagore and Self-Transformation - Aparna Devare; 32. ‘Telling a Tale’: Gender, Knowledge and the Subject in Nepal - Rahel Kunz and Archana Thapa; 33. Du Bois, Ghana, and Cairo Jazz: The Geo-Politics of Malcolm X - Hisham Aidi; 34. Blesi Doub. Heridas Dobles. Dual Wounds. Re-writing the Island - Alanna Lockward; 35. African Violet: Hybrid of Circumstance - Denize LeDeatte

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