Conference: Colonialism, Decolonization, and Global Justice
September 13, 2019—September 14, 2019 · 301 Marx
University Center for Human Values
Decolonization, in many ways, remains unfinished. While formal sovereignty has been attained by many (but not all) colonized peoples in the 20th century, deepening economic and cultural globalization under a neoliberal political economy have continued to fuel critiques of neo-colonialism and imperialism today.
This conference, which brings together political theorists and historians of political thought working in different methodological traditions, proposes to explore the implications of colonialism and decolonization on contemporary issues of global justice. Questions to be reflected on include: How might colonial injustice, past and present, inform debates on global inequality, trade and investment, collective self-determination, territorial rights, and so on? To what extent, if at all, do international law and global governance instantiate new forms of colonialism and imperialism? What are the normative requirements of a genuine political, economic, and cultural decolonization?
How might re-centering anti-colonial and postcolonial thought in contemporary political theory productively inform the demands of global justice?