GE3V17048/GE3V17039 The Postcolonial World/De Postkoloniale wereld
The decolonisation of large swats of Asia and Africa after the Second World War significantly altered the international system. Decolonisation gained international significance because of the Third World Project, an idea that centred on remaking global affairs along different racial and economic lines. New nationalist leaders worked to position themselves within the Cold War conflict while also seeking to build solidarity movements that went beyond the nation state, such as Pan-Africanism and Pan-Asianism. Additionally new conceptions of postcolonial culture and even of a new man were developed within solidarity movements such as Négritude and Ujamaa. Key moments in the development of the rise and decline of the Third World are the different Afro-Asian conferences: the Bandung Conference of 1955, the Pan-African Conferences, the Non-Aligned Conference of 1961 and the ‘failed’ Afro-Asian Conference of 1964.
In the first part of this course students will acquire insights in the different conceptions of the Third World. In the second part of the course students will conduct research into a clearly defined topic related to the 20th century history of decolonisation and the postcolonial world. Students will provide peer-review via ‘feedback fruits’, an online environment for students where they can upload their papers and other students can provide peer-review.
Meet Your Instructor
Frank Gerits, Lecturer in the History of International Relations
Minor: Transatlantic Studies
Time and location:
Class 1: The Origins of the Cultural Cold War and Fake News
Mo 20 April 2020: 11-12:45
Propaganda is of all ages, but took off during the Cold War. Wat is propaganda? What is public diplomacy and what are the origins of this U.S. policy? How do we explain the shift from informal cultural diplomacy as it was conducted by NGOs to state-run propaganda, something many U.S. officials were uncomfortable with.
Assignment & Readings
Discussion with team member