Migration and the Need to Decolonize (Hegemonic Thought)

‘decolonization has different implications in practice. Rather than a grand new theory, it ought to be approached as an option[7], a set of strategies explicitly aimed at a radical shift in the distribution and use of power at the service of equity. Addressing the structural power inequality embedded in our knowledge production practices is then a necessary, even though not sufficient part of the struggle towards decoloniality.’

// Olivia U. Rutazibwa

(This short piece was written in the Summer of 2016 for the Global Dialogues publication of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg, Germany during my visiting Fellowship there. You find the full publication here.)

Looking at the world from and in Europe today, the old continent seems to be grappling with its waning capacity to control its interaction with the rest of the planet. Bodies, ideas, capital, violence and a climate on the move, forcefully knock on the Fortress’ walls from the outside and within.

How are we to understand this beyond the fear-mongering tropes engulfing our public debates? Panta rhei[1]: everything flows. Yet, sub sole nihil novum [2]: there is nothing new under the sun. In all their simplicity and complexity, these two seemingly contradictory insights attributed respectively to Greek and Judeo-Christian – dixit European – traditions, probably best capture how…

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