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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Beyond the Politics of Disregard: Charting the Affective Histories of Post/Colonialism


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 3.19

This panel proposes a conceptualization of the histories of colonialism and postcolonialism as affective histories, taking affect and emotion as analytical starting points. Emotions are not irrational or solely private phenomena but social processes that can shed light on the socio-structural conditions that produce them.Colonial governance shaped people’s intimate ecologies and was underpinned by a politics of disregard. As Stoler(2009:236) has noted, “disdain, desire, and disaffection for thoughts and things native were basic to the colonial order of things”. Resentment, hate, shame, anger, and fear saturated the lived inequities of colonial relations. Simultaneously, however, these inequities produced transgressive/subversive emotional responses in the form of anger, resilience, courage, and solidarity, which form part of an alternate colonial archive or a politics of “decolonial love” (Sandoval 2000).If disregard and disavowal were integral to the edifice of colonialism, and anger, love and resilience to its dismantling, what are the dispositions and emotions characterizing the so-called ‘postcolonial’ present? We welcome presentations that investigate the silences and omissions at the heart of politics of disregard, which continues to permeate the postcolonial order, whether in policy-making and governance, cultural production and consumption, migration, or tourism encounters.Furthermore, we are interested in examinations of practices and policies that draw on the affective tradition of decolonial love and attempt to go beyond disregard, as a means of combatting coloniality and cultural dominance.We invite papers that chart the troubled emotional landscape of the postcolonial present, without dismissing colonial durabilities or contemporary instances of the neo/colonial present in Europe and beyond.


  • P 10.1
    • Dr. Oanca, Alexandra (University of Amsterdam)
    • Dr. Joffe, Daniela Franca (University of Hull)
    • Dr. Pozzi, Laura (University of Warsaw)
  • P 10.2
    • Dr. Oanca, Alexandra (University of Amsterdam)
    • Dr. Joffe, Daniela Franca (University of Hull)
    • Dr. Pozzi, Laura (University of Warsaw)

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Trajectories tell a lot of how women do activism together in a group called Mujeres Creando. Facing change and continuity in Bolivia’s contemporary political scenario, this feminist social movement forged strong alliances and weaved a fabric of solidarity among women of diverse identities, social classes, ethnic groups, and other kinds of difference. Founded in 1992 by three women, María Galind ... More
Presented by Bruna ROSSETTI MENDONÇA on 28/8/2019 at 12:45
As Tony Bennett (1995) observed, the 19th century Western museum was designed as a panopticon. Visitors could see each other and be seen at all times. These deeply colonial institutions were built as tools of civilization, not only to educate visitors about the world and its history, but also to instruct their behavior. These museums played a major role in the exploitation of colonies and their pe ... More
Presented by Dr. Csilla ARIESE
This paper stems from ethnographic fieldwork carried out in an African Caribbean Community Centre in a diverse and deindustrialising British city in 2017, before the scale of the Windrush immigration scandal was revealed and felt. It seeks to examine how post/colonial collective memory, mistrust and lived experience of sustained disregard across at least three generations influence community membe ... More
Presented by Catherine Eleanor Lucy HODGE on 28/8/2019 at 12:25
The saga of unending problems of Denotified tribes emanates from the British colonial policies that branded certain nomadic and semi- nomadic tribes as ‘born criminals’. The British were fearful of the revengeful tendencies of these inexorable communities, and tried to control them by Criminal Tribal Act (CTA) , 1871, which subjected them to severe administrative measures. They were kept in op ... More
Presented by Dr. Deepshikha AGARWAL on 28/8/2019 at 9:00
This paper analyses visitors’ emotional response to the Shanghai History Museum’s (SHM) representation of colonial past. Chinese historiography refers to the years between the First Opium War and the establishment of the People’s Republic (roughly 1839-1949) as China’s “century of humiliation” due to the country semi-colonial status. By juxtaposing images of colonial violence and the h ... More
Presented by Dr. Laura POZZI on 28/8/2019 at 10:20
This presentation analyzes the emergence of the EU’s cultural diplomacy and the growing institutionalization of a common EU cultural foreign policy starting with early 2000s. The potential of cultural diplomacy in advancing European foreign policy goals and promoting EU’s “soft power” has been advocated by a coalition of influential cultural organizations such at the European Cultural Foun ... More
Presented by Dr. Alexandra OANCA on 28/8/2019 at 11:45
Only few scholars have asked how the dominant consumer ideals of the postwar period in western Europe were entangled with the previous colonialist and fascist politicization of the commercial sphere (Lombardi-Diop 2011). The same holds true for the possible links between the meanings of postwar consumer cultures and the context of decolonization (Ross 1995). Based on a broad range of material ... More
Presented by Dr. Natalie SCHOLZ on 28/8/2019 at 9:40
A lot of researchers predicted disappearance of chiefs from the lives of the modern African countries. The chiefs, having been the instruments of colonial administration, integrated into the State apparatus were supposed to be replaced by elected politicians. At present, there is an opportunity to assess the position of the Ngoni traditional leaders due to the sociological survey’s data analy ... More
Presented by Elena VALIEVA on 28/8/2019 at 10:00
This paper explores two examples of independence movements in the West combatting the collective emotion of “shame of the colonized”, namely the Front de Libération du Québec (FLQ, 1963-1975) and the Irish Republican Army (IRA, 1969-1997). In Québec and in Northern Ireland, the independence struggles were based on and legitimized by a strong focus on their culture and how it was devalued by ... More
Presented by Lisa KOKS on 28/8/2019 at 9:20
Zimbabwe a former colony of Britain is a country with a deep history of ethnic violence. Under 38 years of Mugabe's rule, the country was plunged into a deep economic crisis. Mugabe who was ousted in 2018 through a Mnangangwa plotted a coup, foretold further injustices under the new regime. In January 2019, Mnangagagwa announced that fuel prices would go up by 300%. This resulted in a stay away ac ... More
Presented by Kudzaiishe VANYORO on 28/8/2019 at 13:05
This paper will analyze the land and water crises in South Africa through an affective lens. In particular, it is interested in how paranoia, anxiety, pain, and outrage shape discourse, policy, and protest at the local and national level. As part of my analysis, I will look closely at two organizations in particular: the radical white ""civil rights"" organization Afriforum and the radical bl ... More
Presented by Dr. Daniela Franca JOFFE
Drawing on an ethnographic research on Indian social scientists building a career in Europe, this papers discusses the case of academic lives being built in an situation of "indefinite mobility". As "international mobility" becomes a keyword in scientific policies, "young scholars" are led to a peripatetic life in the context of a dominant model of employability based on temporary contracts in dif ... More
Presented by Vinicius FERREIRA on 28/8/2019 at 12:05
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