A postcolonial international relations?

Darby, Phillip and Goonewardene, Devika and Ng, Edgar and Obendorf, Simon (2003) A postcolonial international relations? Other. Institute of Postcolonial Studies, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

Almost a decade ago it was said that international relations and postcolonialism “pass like ships
in the night”.1 Each knowledge formation steered its own course and neither acknowledged the other.
Despite occasional attempts by a few scholars to promote dialogue, the two discourses continued on their
separate ways, to all intents and purposes each unaware of the other. Suddenly the position is changing.
Over the past couple of years, there have been calls at the margin of international relations for an
engagement with postcolonialism. These have been coupled with indictments of the discipline for its
complicity in the maintenance of a neo-imperial order, for its racism, and for its erasure of colonial
violence and dispossession. It can thus be said that a postcolonial international relations is now on the
agenda.

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Additional Information:Almost a decade ago it was said that international relations and postcolonialism “pass like ships in the night”.1 Each knowledge formation steered its own course and neither acknowledged the other. Despite occasional attempts by a few scholars to promote dialogue, the two discourses continued on their separate ways, to all intents and purposes each unaware of the other. Suddenly the position is changing. Over the past couple of years, there have been calls at the margin of international relations for an engagement with postcolonialism. These have been coupled with indictments of the discipline for its complicity in the maintenance of a neo-imperial order, for its racism, and for its erasure of colonial violence and dispossession. It can thus be said that a postcolonial international relations is now on the agenda.
Keywords:international relations, postcolonialism
Subjects:L Social studies > L250 International Relations
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:1314
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:09 Oct 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:26

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