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What is decolonisation in the 21st century | Decolonial Learning Session #21

After the second world war many countries gained their formal independence from their colonizers. However, we still see a reproduction of neo-colonial outcomes and practices that are reproduced within countries, nation states and the borders that were created under colonialism. This can be observed in legal, social, cultural, economic and military infrastructures, to name a few dimensions. Structures that are still heavily influenced by the European colonial powers both historically and in present time. The question then becomes; what does decolonization entail in the 21st century when we can see that ‘coloniality’ is still being reproduced? And what is the difference between anti-colonial and decolonial struggles? And in what way can we repair the colonial harm done? We will look at these questions from an (south) African perspective to analyze how eurocentrism is reproduced and ways in which we can decolonize and re-think these power structures.  

For the audio recording, click here.

About the Speaker:

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa. He is a leading decolonial theorist with over a hundred publications in the fields of African history, African politics, African development and decolonial theory. His latest major publications are Epistemic Freedom in Africa: Deprovincialization and Decolonization (Routledge, July 2018); Rethinking and Unthinking Development: Perspectives on Inequality and Poverty in South Africa and Zimbabwe (Berghahn Books, March 2019) coedited with Busani Mpofu; and Decolonization, Development and Knowledge in Africa: Turning Over A New Leaf (Routledge, May 2020).

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