Postcolonial/Decolonial: A Roundtable

FEB 14, 2020 | 4:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


4406: English Student Lounge


February 14, 2020: 4:00 PM




In “Delinking: The Rhetoric of Modernity, the Logic of Coloniality, and the Grammar of Decoloniality,” Walter D. Mignolo describes decolonial thought as marking a shift away from the post-structuralist inflections of postcolonial theorists such as Edward Said, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Homi Bhabha. Decolonial critique, Mignolo argues, offers “a project of de-linking” derived from principles of knowledge and praxis beyond the colonial rhetoric of modernity, while postcolonial criticism denotes “a project of scholarly transformation within the academy.” Nevertheless, the resulting decolonial “turn,” building on scholars including Mignolo, Aníbal Quijano, and María Lugones, has reshaped the academic study of settler coloniality, Indigenous resistance, migration, modern epistemologies of race and gender, as well as anticolonial and antiracist politics. But has decoloniality completely displaced the postcolonial? Panelists Shoumik Bhattacharya, Lou Cornum, and Mikey Rumore and respondent Peter Hitchcock will consider this question and discuss debates, tensions, and opportunities for crosstalk between “postcolonial” and “decolonial” perspectives.