February – May 2018


Week 1 7/2/18 — Postcolonial Critique (room 204, Pavillon Parade)

Edward Said (1978) Orientalism. (Introduction, chapter 1 and conclusion)


Week 2  14/2/18 — Subaltern Studies

Chakrabarty, D. (2000) ‘A Small History of Subaltern Studies’ in Shwarz, H. and Ray, S., eds., A Companion to Postcolonial Studies, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 467–85.

Gayatri C. Spivak (1988) ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’

Gayatri C. Spivak (1987) ‘Postmarked Calcutta, India’


Week 3 21/2/18 — Bhabha in conversation with Fanon

Frantz Fanon The Wretched of the Earth  (chapter to be chosen)

Bhabha, H. K. (2004) ‘Foreword: Framing Fanon’ in Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, New York: Grove Press, vii-xii.

Bhabha, H. K. (1994) The Location of Culture: Critical Theory and the Postcolonial Perspective, London: Routledge. Chapters 3 & 4


Week 4 28/2/18 — Debating ‘the postcolonial”

Ella Shohat (2000) ‘Notes on “the Postcolonial”’

Stuart Hall (1996) ‘When Was ‘the Post-Colonial’? Thinking at the Limit’

Timothy Brennan (2014) ‘Subaltern Stakes’


Week 5 7/3/18 — Decolonial thought

Walter Mignolo (2000) – Many faces of Cosmo-polis: Border Thinking and Critical Cosmopolitanism

Anibal Quijano (2007) Coloniality and Modernity/Rationality


Week 6 14/3/18 — Questions of Modernity

Timothy Mitchell (2000) ‘The Stage of Modernity’ in Mitchell, T., ed., Questions of Modernity, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1–34.

Sylvia Wynter – Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom: Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation – An Argument


Week 7 21/3/18 — Post/de-colonial Historiography (room 204, Pavillon Parade)

Chakrabarty, D. (2007) Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Enrique Dussel (1995) – The Invention of the Americas (except tbc)

OR Arif Dirlik (1999). “Is There History after Eurocentrism?: Globalism, Postcolonialism, and the Disavowal of History”. Cultural Critique: 1–34.

Arif Dirlik 2002). “History without a Center? Reflexions on Eurocentrism”. in E. Fuchs et al.(eds.), Across Cultural Borders: historiography in global perspective. Lanham MD: Rowman & Lttlefield.


Week 8 18/4/18 — Political Economy and (neo)colonialism

Gurminder Bhambra and John Holmwood (2017) – colonialism, postcolonialism, and the liberal welfare state (2017)

Arturo Escobar (1995) – Encountering Development (chapter tbc)


Week 9 25/4/18 — Gender, Sexuality and Western Interventionism

Jasbir K Puar (2007) Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times. London: Duke University Press. Chapter to be chosen.


Lila Abu-Lughod (2002) “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?”

Maybe: Joseph Massad (2007) “Re-Orienting Desire: The Gay International and the Arab World” in Desiring Arabs. University of Chicago Press.


Week 10 2/5/18 — Gender and colonialism

Maria Lugones – Heterosexualism and the Colonial/Modern Gender System

Rosalba Icaza and Rolando Vasquez – The Coloniality of Gender as a Radical Critique of Developmentalism


Week 11 9/5/18 — Design, Precedence and the Anthropocene

Rolando Vasquez (2017) – Precedence, Earth and the Anthropocene: Decolonizing Design

Mignolo & Vasquez. Decolonial AstheSis



Week 12 16/5/18 — Workshop (room G5, Grand Parade)



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