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Food for Thought “Postcolonial theory in research and education”

Debates on diversity and ‘decolonization’ seem omnipresent nowadays and reflect a growing interest in how inequalities based on gender, ‘race’, religion, sexuality, class, age and ability shape our societies and also our educational spaces. Postcolonial theory offers indispensable tools to historicize, analyze and understand how such processes of differentiation are inextricably linked to the ongoing impact of imperialism and colonialism on our categories of thought, discourses, institutions and ways of relating to each other. In research and education, the interest in postcolonial theory seems to be increasing. But since postcolonial studies are poorly developed in the Belgian context, postcolonial theorists remain often unknown, are largely absent from the current curriculum and postcolonial theory itself is often misunderstood or misrepresented.


This Food For Thought aims to connect lecturers and researchers with interest and/or experience in working with postcolonial theory, to discuss how postcolonial theory is currently understood and applied, and how it can be integrated in research, education and the curriculum.


Hosted by: Elisabeth Bekers, Susan Dierickx, Benoît Henriet, Janine Hauthal, Marc Van den Bossche, Sophie Withaeckx