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Postcolonialism LT WEEK 9 2020 DR YUNA HAN
What is ‘postcolonialis m’? “Body of scholarship loosely catergorised as postcolonial theory is to foreground the history and politics of colonialism in making sense of our present day reality.” (Biswas 2013, 221)
What is postcolonialism Borrows from literary and cultural studies E.g. Edward Said, Orientalism 1978
What is postcolonialism? Colonialism: conquest, domination, subjugation, and exploitation of (predominantly non-Western, non-European) peoples by European powers Historically, traced back to 15 th century conquest of the Americas by the Spanish and Portuguese (Think: MT topic on empire; last week’s lecture on ‘imperial hierarchies’)
What is postcolonialism? Post-colonialism vs postcolonialism Period after the ‘end’ of formal colonisation and empire? ”The ‘post’ in postcolonial theory does not signify the period or era ‘after’ colo nialism came to an end, but rather signifies the entire historical period after the beginnings of colonialism.” (Seth 2013, 2)
What is postcoloniali sm in IR Postcolonialism as an epistemological orientation: Epistemology as a philosophical inquiry into the nature, origins, and limits of human knowledge. (what underlies what we consider to be ‘true’? How do we know what we know?) Implication: not a history of national independence movements, not simply a view of the world from the ‘third world,’ ‘developing nations,’ etc. Postcolonial IR theory casts a critical eye on all essentializing concepts that IR may hold as

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