What is Postcolonial Europe?
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The following cluster proposes to evaluate the concepts of Europe and Europeanness in the light of past legacies of empire and new global interactions constituted by migration, technological developments and religious revival.
By going beyond the historical overview of the concept of ‘Europe’, the cluster critically addresses the extent to which both colonial legacies and new forms of colonialism are relevant for the current redrawing of the boundaries of the European Union and for the understanding of emerging forms of new racisms and religious fundamentalism.
What is Postcolonial Europe aims at testing the applicability of postcolonial methods and approaches to contemporary Europe. It accounts for postcolonial criticism in its theoretical but also political inflection pertaining to issues such as racism, cosmopolitanism, urbanisation, and human rights and by showing how these principles have been transformed.
Postcolonial critique needs to keep the pace and to offer a viable analysis and response to global transformations but also to account for localised and comparative manifestations within Europe, pointing to the intersection between local and global factors without making Europe once more the central marker, but rather a transitional signifier that unearths the phantoms of the past.