Postcolonial Hierarchies in Peace and Conflict
The network "Postcolonial Hierarchies in Peace and Conflict" is a collaborative project of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (Freiburg), the Center for Conflict Studies at the Philipps University Marburg, the University of Bayreuth, and the University of Erfurt. It is an interdisciplinary research initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The network investigates how historically formed postcolonial hierarchies manifest themselves in contemporary conflict dynamics and what implications this has for sustainable conflict transformation in the future. To do so, the network brings together historical perspectives on the contexts of conflict formation (in particular those shaped by colonialism) with postcolonial research perspectives as well as with methodologies and theories of peace and conflict research.--------------------------------------------------------
Public Lecture by Prof. Dr. Paul Basu,
who holds the Hertz Chair for the Transdiciplinary Research Area Present Pasts at the University of Bonn and who is presenting as part of the first ThinkLab within the network Postcolonial Hierarchies (BMBF):
Colonial Heritage and Knowledge Production in Conflict
In this keynote presentation Paul Basu reflects on the relationships between colonialism and conflict, and colonialism and the production of knowledge about conflict through the lens of two periods of conflict in the West African state of Sierra Leone. The first period concerns the so-called Hut Tax War and Mendi Uprising of 1898, which followed the declaration of the Sierra Leone hinterland as a British Protectorate. The second, one hundred years later, concerns the 1991-2002 Sierra Leonean civil war, which followed 30 years after Sierra Leone’s independence from British rule. Commissions were appointed in the aftermath of both periods of conflict to investigate the causes and events of the conflicts, and to make sense of the seemingly senseless violence. Basu explores these processes of meaning-making and the colonial and postcolonial hierarchies of value they reveal. What kinds of knowledge inform the work of these commissions and their reports? Whose voices and testimonies are attended to? What purpose do these narratives of conflict serve? What truths do they obscure?
The hybrid lecture will take place on Wednesday, 5th of October 2022 / 19h CET at the University of Freiburg, Lecture Hall 1098 (KG I). The language of the event is English.