About

The Decolonisation Group at Utrecht University is an interdisciplinary gathering of researchers from the fields of history, law, economics and political science who want to understand the lasting impact of decolonisation.

During 2018 the group will be able to organise events with the support of  UGlobe, the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges.

The Decolonisation Group brings together researchers who study how colonialism and decolonisation shaped and still shapes global issues. Historical explanations as well as theories in International Relations (IR) and law are often developed based on European practices or rooted in European experiences in the imperial age, which requires us to reflect on non-Western conceptions of law and IR.

The current world order is changing fast, which urges us to rethink the categories of our knowledge. This group therefore wants to stimulate the dialogue between UU academics and non-western experts in Asia and Africa as well as intellectuals who have tried to ‘decolonise’ Western ideas.

Key in the endeavours of the Decolonisation Group is the establishment of links with universities outside of Europe. In this way, the Decolonisation Group does not only want to give more prominence to non-Western ideas, but also seeks to address a key contradiction in global academia today, namely the embrace of global perspectives in European and American academia and the increased dissatisfaction in Africa and Asia about the incomplete ‘decolonisation’ of academia.