Studies in postcoloniality

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Informations clés

Human and social sciences - Sciences Humaines et sociales
Automne - Fall
Licence - Undergrade
Prérequis / Prerequisites
Advanced B1 Level of the CECRL in English
Contenu du cours / Course content
This course examines the evolution of postcolonial theory and practice in some countries that fell under colonial or imperial rule. It covers the whole trajectory of (pos)colonial discourses, starting with colonial and imperial policies of nineteenth century, through colonial rule, decolonization, postcolonialism, globalization and cultural imperialism and finally multiculturalism as we know today and the debate it aroused given the rise of radical Islam and extreme right wing movements in Europe and other parts of the Western world. We will initially focus on early postcolonial theory, starting with Edward Said’s concept of orientalism and the various criticisms it elicited from both postcolonial theorists or academics bases at institutes or centers of oriental studies. We will then move other areas, namely, race studies, subaltern studies, and ethnic studies and see how they challenged colonial/imperial cannons taking the debate away from the simple imbrication of knowledge and power as Said initially stipulated towards issues of hybridity, syncreticism and third spaces. This generation of postcolonial theorists and writers challenged the usual polarities and binary oppositions (East Versus West, Self Versus the Other or Colonized Versus Colonizer). We will draw upon insights from seminal works such as Homi Bhabha’s The Location of Culture and Cornel West’s new cultural politics of difference
Objectifs du cours / Course objectives
- Emphasize the link between post-colonial theory and political/economic science in their understanding of wider topical issues such as migration and global labor market, state governance and human rights as well as minority empowerment
- Use concepts of postcolonial theory (hybridity, interstitial space, creolization, othering, orientalization, the subaltern) in the analysis of regional and global state affairs that carry a multicultural dimension (electoral processes, immigration laws in host countries)
- Gain a historical sense of postcolonial praxis in former colonies of the British empire
- Appreciate and integrate the contribution of postcolonial literature from

Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique
Faculté de Gouvernance, Sciences Economiques et Sociales

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