Beyond the Post(-)colonial?

  • Ed Naylor (Organiser)
  • Majumdar, M. (Organiser)
  • Natalya Vince (Presented paper)
  • Olivia Rutazibwa (Presented paper)
  • Burkett, J. (Presented paper)
  • Fabienne Chamelot (Presented paper)
  • Sharif Gemie (Presented paper)
  • Andrew Smith (Presented paper)
  • Debra Kelly (Presented paper)
  • Charles Bonn (Presented paper)
  • Oualid Benkhaled (Presented paper)
  • Itay Lotem (Presented paper)
  • Mohammed Saad (Presented paper)

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More than fifty years have passed since decolonisation was achieved in most of the former colonies of the European colonial powers. During that time, a substantial body of critical work has been produced under the rubric of ‘postcolonial theory’, which has in turn been the subject of extensive debate and critique. The reception and influence of this postcolonial ‘turn’ has also varied widely between academic disciplines and between countries, with France often viewed as an outlier in comparison to developments in the United States and Britain. The current conjuncture of political and social upheaval seems an appropriate moment to take stock and to ask a series of questions. Does the postcolonial framework of analysis still provide a useful set of concepts for the understanding of the modern world? Or have the flaws in this theoretical corpus now definitively outweighed the insights it facilitated? Has history now moved on in different directions requiring radically new interpretative approaches (e.g. global, decolonial)? How will European colonial imperialism and its demise be viewed in a longer historical perspective? How do these questions impinge on the understanding, not just of the European past in its relations with the rest of the world, but also of potential future(s) for Europe?
Period12 Sept 2017
Event typeWorkshop
Conference number20569
LocationPortsmouth, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • decolonisation
  • postcolonialism
  • France