Race/Ethnicity and the Question of Postcolonial Citizenship in the Black Diaspora

Symposium held as part of the Partnerships for Innovative Research in Africa (PIRA) Global African Diaspora Grants sponsored by the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) at MSU

The question of postcolonial citizenship—or the conundrums posed by the judicial rights, forms of belonging, and identity concerns of persons in nation-states that were subjected to modern colonial rule—is arguably the central issue faced by these states today. Colonial rule reduced vast areas of the world to a governable singularity, in which the forms of knowledge produced about colonized persons, cultures, and societies traveled the world inaugurating both within the sphere of European empires (and across them) specific understandings of subjecthood and forms of colonial governmentality. The desire to arrest and transform the exploitation and diminution of colonized persons lives by colonialism became the central mission of global anticolonialism, which resulted in the transformation of the world in the aftermath of the Second World War. However, the birth of the postcolonial state threw into sharp relief the complex difficulties that colonialism left in its wake—including questions of internal class oppression, the intricacy of racial/ethnic rivalries in the new nation, and the perpetuation of neocolonial forms of societal organization and relations with a capitalist world order.

October 20-21, 2022

The Kellogg Center, Michigan State University





The full program is now available here.

Any questions, contact Dr. Kelly at kellymo5@msu.edu

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