All posts tagged: empire

Enlightenment and decolonisation

#PoTW: It takes two to tango. Rethinking enlightenment and decolonisation

‘Decolonisation’ has become a buzzword. However, few of those who deploy the term know much about its history, and perhaps more surprisingly, the same is true for ‘enlightenment’. This blissful tandem of historical ignorance is not as innocent as it appears. For many of today’s ‘postcolonial’ and ‘decolonial’ critical theorists and activists, the Enlightenment is the […]

Modern languages

Academic conferences and schools outreach: an integrated approach in modern languages

Dr Joseph Ford believes that falling admissions to modern languages (ML) programmes at UK universities and the ongoing threat of closure to some departments, makes it incumbent on academics to consider their research within the wider teaching landscape. ‘Doing so’, says the early career researcher, ‘will help promote it as a discipline that offers students […]

Crisis, what crisis? Commonwealth’s cross-racial character makes for a saner world and ensures its relevance 

As London prepares to host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, senior research fellows at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), provide a challenging range of views on how the Commonwealth which emerged out of empire can renew itself as a vibrant force for the future. In the first of a series of responses […]

Brexit, global power and vulnerability in the Commonwealth

Britain’s free-trade driven post-EU ambitions pose ‘grave consequences for medium and small Commonwealth countries,’ explains Dr Kevin Barker. ‘Caribbean and Pacific states will need to swim against the anti-integration ideological tide that secured victory for Brexit by shoring up their own regional integration movements and speaking to Britain in one voice.  

Hidden histories: Britain’s secret stash

Dr Sarah Stockwell, a senior lecturer in Imperial and Commonwealth History at King’s College London, discuss the latest in a series of decolonisation workshops organised by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. I am greatly looking forward to the upcoming workshop ‘The hidden history of decolonisation’ at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) on 20 February. […]

#PoTW – A State of Our Own: Second Independence, Federalism and the Decolonisation of the State in Africa

The lecture interrogates the intriguing features of statehood and politics in Africa. It argues that the decolonisation process in Africa is incomplete without the liberation of the state which retains its colonial cast and remains the locus and embodiment of colonisation. This process is already underway in different forms and at various stages all over […]