Postcolonial Hierarchies

Genealogies of African Studies in Germany: An intersectional critique and ways forward

Of late, there is a lot of discomfort, irritation and unease in African Studies, incidentally just when it opens itself up to the business of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DIE). This affective state seems to mirror the overall ethos within academia in the North Atlantic that the African American intellectual Hortense Spiller describes as being […]

Rethinking the coloniality and violence of famines in the Global South [video]

“I am interested in the methodological and conceptual (un)doing of violence, in the study of famines or hunger deaths from a postcolonial perspective” Swati Parashar About this lecture: Postcolonial scholars contend that we are still doing body counts of colonialism’s violence, hence, epistemic and discursive categories may not account for the materiality of violence and […]

Undoing Hierarchies: Post- and decolonial Knowledge and Practice (8.-9. November 2023)

Building on the first and second ThinkLab, we aim to move beyond the theoretical and conceptual investigations and explore novel approaches to research methodologies with a postcolonial/decolonial sensibility. The integration of knowledge and action (theory and practice) has been a core feature of the concept of ‘praxis’, however, it is not limited to that. Freire […]

Decolonizing the Third Space

This lecture introduced the notion of the ‘Third Space,’ which Karina Bidaseca conceives of as a meeting space for artists situated in the different contexts of enunciation that are commonly thought of as the South. The lecture relies on the synecdoche as a means to claim a narrative memory for the Palestinian, Vietnamese, Afro-indigenous becomings […]

Researching „hierarchies“ (7. June 2023)

Building upon the first Think Lab, the Second Virtual Think Lab, hosted by Philipps Universität Marburg, focused on an in-depth engagement with the Network´s key concept of “hierarchies”. The Virtual Think Lab examined the concept of “postcolonial hierarchies” in relation to the individual research projects of the Network´s members. based on two articles which help […]

Daniela Sauer

Daniela Sauer is a B.A. student in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Freiburg. Her thesis focuses on sustainability as a performative act of social distinction. She also engages with decolonial approaches to knowledge and science communication. Daniela is a student assistant for the knowledge(s) in dialogue component of the Postcolonial Hierarchies network at the […]

Yaas Bahmani Yaas Bahmani is a student assistant at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. She is currently in the process of finishing her master’s degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Mannheim. Her interests in Conflict Studies revolve mainly around Iran and Afghanistan.

Harry Parfitt

Harry Parfitt is a M.A. student of the Global Studies Programme (GSP) in Freiburg. He is conducting ethnographic research with migrant workers in the platform economy for his M.A. thesis. As a student assistant, Harry is helping to develop the Virtual Encyclopaedia in the Postcolonial Hierarchies network at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute (ABI) Freiburg.

Miriam Bartelmann

Miriam Bartelmann is a PhD researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute (ABI) Freiburg. Her research focuses on environmental and territorial conflicts that arise on the ground of or reproduce postcolonial hierarchies. Her interests are in decolonial perspectives and transformative practices. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Islamic studies from the University of Freiburg. During her M.A. […]

Conceptualizing „postcolonial hierarchies“ (5.-6. October 2022)

The Postcolonial Hierarchies in Peace & Conflict Network’s first Think Lab took place at one of its participating institutions, the Arnold Bergstraesser Institut (ABI) in Freiburg at the University of Freiburg. During the Think Lab, the Network addressed its defining notion: “postcolonial hierarchies”. The main goal of the Think Lab was to articulate a shared […]