The Postcolonial World Seminars

Week 1: 20-26 April 2020

Readings for the seminar

  • Source: Willi Münzenberg, ‘Die Gründung der Liga gegen Imperialismus und für nationale Unabhängigkeit’ in: Das Flammenzeichen vom Palais Egmont. Offizielles Protokoll des Kongresses gegen koloniale Unterdrückung und Imperialismus, Brüssel, 10-15 Februar 1927 (Berlin: Neuer Deutscher Verlag 1927) 215-224

  • Reading: Vitalis, Robert. “The Midnight Ride of Kwame Nkrumah and Other Fables of Bandung (Ban-Doong).” Humanity 4, no. 2 (2003): 261–88.

 

We will discuss three questions from the Literature

1. What are the main aims you can discern from the League against Imperialism protocol? What does this tell you about how its participants conceived of the liberation struggle?

2. Does Vitalis have a realist interpretation of the Third World? Yes/No explain.

3. Is  myth making about the Third World project, about the aims and methods of anticolonial politics problematic? Yes/No explain

 

 Hand in via Blackboard under Collaboration ‘Discussion Board’. (‘inspanningsverplichting’, not handing in of assignment can lead to exclusion) at 23:00h on the day before the seminar.

 

 

Paper Assignment: Identify a Collection

Search the different online archives that are listed in this syllabus. Identify what you might want to use for your paper. Identify a collection or a problem, a development or an event in the Third World in the 20th century. Avoid topics that are simply colonial (most of the time pré 1945, pré independence depending on the specific independence day of certain countries). Characterize the institution where you found the collection, describe the collection, describe what the collection can contribute to the research of the postcolonial world and – lastly and most importantly – develop a research question.

 

There is an opportunity to ask urgent questions about the paper during the seminar. Feedback will mainly be provided in written from via blackboard, under Assignments.

 

☞ Work individually

þ Hand in via Blackboard under Collaboration ‘Discussion Board’ (‘inspanningsverplichting’, not handing in of assignment can lead to exclusion) on Friday 9h

☞ peer-review partner does peer-review (‘inspanningsverplichting’, not handing in of assignment can lead to exclusion) on Monday 12h, noon next week

 

 

 

Week 2: 27 April-3 May 2020

 Readings for the seminar

  • Chatterjee, Partha. “Colonialism, Nationalism, and Colonialized Women: The Contest in India.” American Ethnologist 16, no. 4 (November 1, 1989): 622–33.

  • Connelly, Matthew. “Rethinking the Cold War and Decolonization: The Grand Strategy of the Algerian War for Independence.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 33, no. 2 (2001): 221–45.

 

We will discuss three questions

1. What argument does Chatterjee make about the role of women in postcolonial societies? Compare this with Prashad’s take on feminism.

2. What was the Algerian strategy? What does this tell us about France “giving” Algeria its independence.

3. What is the role of symbolic struggle and symbolism in decolonization?

 

þ Hand in via Blackboard under Collaboration ‘Discussion Board’. One answer per group. (‘inspanningsverplichting’, not handing in of assignment can lead to exclusion) at 23:00h on the day before the seminar.

 

 

Paper Assignment: Research Plan

Write a research plan with a research question, a historical problem, a justification for research, a topic and time frame and a clearly identified an archival collection.

☞ Work individually

þ Hand in via Blackboard under Collaboration ‘Discussion Board’ (‘inspanningsverplichting’, not handing in of assignment can lead to exclusion) on Friday 9h

☞ peer-review partner does peer-review. (‘inspanningsverplichting’, not handing in of assignment can lead to exclusion) on Monday 12h, noon next week

 

 

Week 3: 4-10 May 2020

 

Seminar NO CLASS (Liberation Day)

☞ you can already prepare for next week

 

 

Paper Assignment: Research Plan

þ Hand in via Blackboard under Collaboration ‘Discussion Board’ (‘inspanningsverplichting’, not handing in of assignment can lead to exclusion)  on Friday 9h

☞ peer-review partner does peer-review. (‘inspanningsverplichting’, not handing in of assignment can lead to exclusion) on Monday 12h, noon next week

 

Week 4: 11-17 May 2020

Readings for the seminar

  • Reading: Alex Thompson, ‘Coercion: Military intervention in African politics’ in: Idem, An introduction to African politics. (2e druk; London en New York: Routledge 2004) 129- 148

  • Reading: Bradley, Mark Philip. “Decolonization, the Global South and the Cold War, 1919-1962.” In The Cambridge History of the Cold War, edited by Melvyn P. Leffler and Odd Arne Westad, 1:464–85. Cambridge MA, New York NY et. al: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

  • Reading: Gilman, Nils. “The New International Economic Order: A Reintroduction.” Humanity 6, no. 1 (2015): 1–16.

 

We will discuss three questions

1. Why does Africa have so many military regimes? Do you think Alex Thompson’s argument is convincing? How does he reach his conclusions?

2. What agency does Bradley assign to Third World actors?

3. Did the NIEO fail according to Gilman? Yes/no discuss.

 

þ Hand in via Blackboard under Collaboration ‘Discussion Board’. (‘inspanningsverplichting’, not handing in of assignment can lead to exclusion) at 23:00h on the day before the seminar.

 

Assignment & Readings
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