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Unsettling divides: interrogating the dualism in coloniser-colonised relations to (re)define decolonisation 
Claudia Ledderucci (University of Turin)
Laura Burke (University of Sussex)
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Stefan Millar (University of Helsinki)
Khalil Betz-Heinemann (University of Helsinki)
Brian Campbell (University of Plymouth)
Thursday 25 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

Colonial relations are presented as binary coloniser/colonised identities. Shifting attention to lived experiences that problematise coloniser/colonised binaries at the heart of decolonisation today, can point to ways beyond the divisions at the heart of colonialism.

Long Abstract:

Colonial relations are often presented in academic and political discourse as binary coloniser/colonised identities. However, closer scrutiny of historical and anthropological accounts show colonial efforts to assimilate and integrate colonial subjects. These accounts shift attention to lived experiences that problematise coloniser/colonised binaries still at the heart of decolonisation today ( Fanon 1952, Stoller 2002, Cooper & Stoller 1997, Hagerdal 2012,). We suggest these binaries downplay remnants of colonialism within post-colonial regimes (Richardson 2020, Hindmarch & Hillier 2022) and the ongoing effects of ‘divide-and-rule’ policies. Moreover, the coloniser/colonised binary obscures the adoption of colonial tactics adopted by postcolonial governments, as well as class, gender and racial solidarities that intersect the colonial/colonised binary. Perhaps most important is that these binaries reproduce a dualism at the heart of colonialism expressed in contemporary scientific, modernist, statist and capitalist projects rooted in an inability to overcome the subject-object dichotomy without denying it (D'Souza 2009). Therefore, to identify modes of decolonisation effectively, we must recognise and unsettle binary subjectivities of coloniality; Not because they do not have material and mortal consequences, but precisely because they do. Paradoxically, also recognising who and what these identities are useful for (e.g. cases of self determination) and for whom they are dangerous (e.g. political oppressions and violent conflict) (Mamdami 2002) or whether identity is even a helpful configuration of colonialism to use? What ethnographies point to ways to theorise beyond this dualism and associated identities, in ways that reconfigure the conversation and the power entailed therein?

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Session 1 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -