Postcolonial and Decolonial Encounters
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Studiepunten (ECTS)6
CategorieBA (Bachelor)
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen; Bachelor Geografie, Planologie en Milieu;
VorigeVolgende 2
dr. O.T. Kramsch
Overige cursussen docent
C.E. Merlin Escorza
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
C.E. Merlin Escorza
Overige cursussen docent
C.E. Merlin Escorza
Overige cursussen docent
C.E. Merlin Escorza
Overige cursussen docent
2  (07-11-2022 t/m 29-01-2023)
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
In this course students will:

● Make an active exercise of critical thinking by listening and reflecting on the experiences of practitioners and academics, using a diverse set of support materials as academic and non-academic texts, videos, films and other artistic expressions.
● Collectively and individually reflect on a number of key debates about postcolonial and decolonial streams of thought.
● Critically engage with and position themselves in relation to these interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives.
● Be able to identify some key issues concerning knowledge production and scientific/academic work by discussing the implications of these theoretical debates for the analysis of social life, power, difference, inequality and social justice.
● Demonstrate a creative ability to apply postcolonial / decolonial thinking to their own field of inquiry and push the theoretical and methodological debates in their own disciplines.
● Students are able to discuss how these scientific and social debates apply to their own lives and surroundings, not only within European societies but also in relation with societies from the Global South and Global North.



This course sets a dialogue between postcolonial and decolonial thinking from various interdisciplinary angles, combining theoretical and practical reflections framed in public issues on the ground. We feel as necessary to make an effort and bridge the experiences of people working outside the academic circuits and young researchers, in order to question the dominant academic practices and theoretical elaborations in social sciences. It is most certainly our responsibility to give room for the discussion and further recognition of the colonial historicity behind the processes of scientific/academic knowledge production. A common ground to depart from is the fact that both postcolonial and decolonial thinkers have addressed the necessity for a critical conception of scientific knowledge, and its detachment from the Eurocentric academic models. It is precisely at the intersection of knowledge production, scientific practice, modern significations and colonial power relations where our dialogue could bridge these streams of thought towards the reconfiguration of European aulas as critical academic spaces. We aim to open a safe(r) space in which advanced bachelor and master students engage in contemporary debates in the social sciences by the hand of the experiences from guest practitioners situated in different geographies and articulated to different social contexts. Through a critical and collective reflection we aim to experience an encounter that helps us better understand postcolonial and decolonial arguments in relation to our own daily lives but also at a time when we are reshaping the dynamics of the (virtual/presential) aula of Radboud University.

Themes of discussion.

- Multiple Modernities versus Modernity/Coloniality.
- Geopolitics of knowledge production.
- Violence. Human/Not-Yet Human.
- Race/Gender/Sexuality.
- Border thinking and Temporalities.
- Postcolonial and Decolonial doings.

Advanced BA students and MA students
Advanced bachelor students and master students from all faculties who want to familiarise themselves with critical, postcolonial and decolonial thinking in relation to social issues in the Global South and Global North today.
Students must have completed at least two years of BA training.
This course has a limited number of places, so register in time.
Exam enrolment: 7 days before the course starts.
  • In the last weeks of the course, the students will develop a project that addresses the debates discussed throughout the sessions. This can have the form of a practice/action project, an art essay or research paper. Such project has to be presented to the class. 
  • In case the student choose to deliver a practice/action project or an art essay, it has to be supported by a short written paper explaining how the project relates to the debates discussed in class. 
  • Students are expected to attend all sessions and complete weekly assignments.
  • All guidelines for each element of the course, as well as the classroom dynamics, will be furtherly explained in the course syllabus, available at least one week before the beginning of the course.
Criteria for grading:

● Critical reflection on theories and practices. Demonstrate knowledge regarding the theoretical debates by linking concepts and theories to each other as positioning oneself vis-à-vis the relevant debates discussed in the course.
● Application of theory to the particular practices. Demonstrate knowledge of case and capacity to link it to the relevant debates discussed during the course.
● Reflection on one’s own positionality/intersectionality.
● Creativity in methods and form.
● If possible, suggestions for further research, theory development and/or direct action practice.


Verplicht materiaal
Literature will be provided weekly through Brightspace


One 2 hour meeting per week: combined lecture and discussion sessions with much interaction and student presentations. Some sessions may exist of a field trip to an organization or site.

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