Rowman and Littlefield International

Postcolonial Europe

Comparative Reflections after the Empires

Edited by Lars Jensen, Julia Suárez-Krabbe, Christian Groes, and Zoran Lee Pecic

Publication Date: Nov 2017

Pages 256

Hardback 9781786603043
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How has European identity been shaped through its colonial empires? Does this history of imperialism influence the conceptualisation of Europe in the contemporary globalised world? How has coloniality shaped geopolitical differences within Europe? What does this mean for the future of Europe?

Postcolonial Europe: Comparative Reflections after the Empires brings together scholars from across disciplines to rethink European colonialism in the light of its vanishing empires and the rise of new global power structures. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the postcolonial European legacy the book argues that the commonly used nation-centric approach does not effectively capture the overlap between different colonial and postcolonial experiences across Europe.
Lars Jensen, Julia Suárez-Krabbe, Christian Groes, and Zoran Pecic / 1. Uneven Whiteness. Images of Blackness and Whiteness in contemporary (postcolonial) Italy (2010-2012), Gaia Giuliani / 2. Challenging the Domestic Colonial Archive: Notes on the Racialization of the Italian Mezzogiorno, Carmine Conelli / 3. ‘El Moro’ – Discovering the hidden coloniality of the contemporary Spanish/Catalan society and its colonial subjects, Martin Lundsteen / 4. The Coloniality of Power and the Disempowerment of the Roma, Sabrina Marks and Miye Nadya Tom / 5. Claiming Greyness: Dutch Coloniality Against Polarisation, Patricia Schor and Egbert Alejandro Martina / 6. How to Draw a Haunted Nation: Colonial Ghosts and Specters in Conceição Lima’s Poems, Inês Nascimento Rodrigues / 7. Who Speaks the Postcolonial Community? Reflections on Language, Community, and Imperial Nostalgia within the European Continent, Elena Brugioni / 8. ‘Translation as a Place of Loss’: A Study of the Translations of Fanon’s Peau Noire, Masques Blancs (1952) and their Role in Anglophone Postcolonial Studies, Sarah Scales / 9. Between Imperial Anxieties and Post-Colonial Discourses, Alice Brown / 10. Possible Greenland – Impossible Denmark? Rigsfællesskabet and the Postcolony, Lars Jensen / 11. From Mobutu to Molenbeek: Belgium and Postcolonialism, Sarah Arens / 12. Comparative Posts Going Political – the Postcolonial Backlash in Poland, Dorota Ko┼éodziejczyk / 13. Between East and West: Queerness in Zhang Yuan’s East Palace, West Palace, Zoran Pecic / Postcolonial Europe: Afterword, Gurminder Bhambra / References / About the Authors / Index

This compelling volume demonstrates that decolonization is an ongoing process affecting all Europeans now. Its authors invite us to reassess the intellectual and cultural geography of European colonialism and reflect on its racial and dehumanizing legacies. At the crossroads between postcolonial and decolonial studies, this book argues that colonial tropes and rhetoric still underpin contemporary narratives of nationhood and otherhood.
Pierre-Philippe Fraiture, Head of French Studies at the University of Warwick, UK
Lars Jensen is Associate Professor of Cultural Encounters in the Department of Culture and Identity at Roskilde University, Denmark.

Julia Suárez-Krabbe is Associate Professor of Culture and Identity at Roskilde University, Denmark, and Associate Researcher at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Christian Groes is an Associate Professor of Culture and Identity at Roskilde University, Denmark.

Zoran Lee Pecic is an Part-time Lecturer at the Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University, Denmark.

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