Postcolonial Hierarchies

by Susanne Buckley-Zistel & Teresa Koloma Beck



In recent years, the presence of the colonial and imperial past has become an ever more important subject of public debates in Germany. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that the topic also gains in importance in peace and conflict studies, an area of research, whose focus is frequently on conflicts that take place outside of or at the peripheries of Europe, but are closely intertwined with European history. Against this backdrop, this forum sheds light on some current debates which address challenges of the postcolonial present, especially in the German context. The collection of articles is committed to an interdisciplinary understanding of peace and conflict studies, social sciences analyses are present alongside contributions from history and law. The title of the forum – Decolonize! – is deliberately provocative. It does not intend to deny what has already been achieved, but rather serves as a reminder that developments in the present continuously call for reflections on the colonial past.


Buckley-Zistel, S., & Koloma Beck, T. (2022). Einleitung: Dekolonisiert Euch! Kritische Betrachtungen der Friedens- und Konfliktforschung. Zeitschrift für Friedens-und Konfliktforschung, 11(2).