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Talking Out Loud: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach on Postcolonial and Decolonial Thoughts

Friday 28 February 2020
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden


As veritable tools against the colonial discourses and methodologies postcolonial and decolonial thoughts play an important role in academic debates. With the emergence of postcolonial and decolonial thoughts, researchers from various disciplines propose to look at the world differently through a critical perspective, by rejecting the dominant theories and methodologies.

This one-day interdisciplinary symposium aims to discuss Caribbean responses to the global debates on decolonization of academic research. The symposium will explore the concepts of ‘postcoloniality’ and ‘decoloniality’ in the context of research in the social sciences and humanities. Through keynote lectures, presentations, and panel group discussions, participants are invited to explore current perspectives and approaches related to this topic in Caribbean research contexts. The symposium will discuss practices in heritage studies, political science, sociology, archaeology and history and will aim to develop decolonial research perspectives that can be useful on a global scale.

Organizers: Tibisay Sankatsing Nava (PhD candidate, KITLV/Leiden University) and Joseph Sony Jean (Post-doctoral Researcher, KITLV/Leiden University)


10:00: Walk in & coffee

10:25: Welcome by Tibisay Sankatsing Nava and Dr. Joseph Sony Jean

10:30 – 11:00: Dr. Francio Guadeloupe (Researcher at KITLV/University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) + Questions

11:00 – 11:30: Dr. Beatriz Marin-Aguilera (Postdoctoral Fellow at McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, UK) + Questions

11:30 – 12:00: Discussion

12:00 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30- 14:00: Dr. Malcom Ferdinand (Researcher at CNRS/University Paris Dauphine, France)+ Questions

14:00 – 14:30: Dr. Rosalba Icaza Garza (Associate Professor at International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands) + Questions

14:30 – 15:00: Coffee break

15:00 – 15:45: Keynote lecture by Prof. Claire Smith (Professor at College of  Humanities, Arts and Science, Flinders University, Australia) + Questions

15:45 - 16:45 Panel discussion: Prof. dr. Claire Smith, Dr. Rosalba Icaza Garza, Dr. Malcom Ferdinand, Dr. Beatriz Marin-Aguilera, Dr. Francio Guadeloupe. Moderator: Dr. Andrzej Antczak (Leiden University/KITLV)

16:45: Closing remarks & Symposium drinks


Registration is  required. Please register via the following form

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