Call for papers - Decolonising world history

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Dear Colleagues,

Colonialism and its impacts have long been the object of academic study that has in recent years increasingly garnered public and political interest. With a renewal of nationalist parties we have witnessed an increasing dynamism around the topic of colonialism that has been felt across all levels of society. Highly fierce debates around how we conceptualise and "celebrate" the past through street naming, statues and edificies have become increasingly common.

In academia throughout the last decade, social history and other disciplines such as archaeology and anthropology have increasingly focused on the 'history from below.' It has brought up new aspects and expanded the scope of historical research. Doing so has sought to address what Michel-Rolph Trouillot named the 'silences of the past.'

Scholars from the Global South have created new research approaches focusing on coloniality, epistemic extractivism and memory. Since the second half of the twentieth century, researchers from various academic backgrounds have developed innovative perspectives and methodologies. Examples of it are the studies derived from the concept of négritude (Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon), the de-colonial shift of Latin American academics (Aníbal Quijano, Rita Segato, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui), and post-colonial (Edward Said) and subaltern studies (Gayatri Spivak, Ranajit Guha), among others.

By reflecting on colonialism and its consequences, we can further our understanding of ourselves and current societies. This issue aims to contribute to the historiographical debates on colonisation and decolonisation, and its impacts on (post)colonial and (post)imperial territories, cultures, and mindsets.

We welcome contributions that address any of the following issues:

Suggested topics:

● Power and colonialism

● Anti-colonial resistance movements

● Colonial heritage, memories and Legacies

● Gender and colonialism

● Material culture

● 'Race' and Nation

● Decolonisation and imperialism

● Coloniality

We invite you to send us your article or review to, (deadline: March 1, 2023).

More information about formal aspects of the contribution:

Kind regards

Oliver Laband