Numero di crediti :9

Semestre : 2° semestre

Political thought for colonization and decolonization

Settore scientifico disciplinare : History of Political Thought (SPS/02)

Numero di crediti :9

Tipologia corso:corso

lingua: inglese

Data inizio corso: Monday, 19 February, 2018

Semestre : 2° semestre

Iscrizione al corso : Closed
Obiettivi formativi:
Contenuto e articolazione del corso:

During modern times Europeans colonized the entire world. Colonization did not involve just direct political control or the transfer of European techniques or science, but also a pervasive and wide diffusion of Europeans views and myths about politics and social life. During the XXth century such a “mando” (Josè Ortega y Gasset) with the different one of the “West” has been criticized, deconstructed and analyzed by postcolonial and, more recently, decolonial studies. Addressed to International Cooperation students, this course aims to: 1) analyze the main debates that characterized the self-narration that Europeans (and, since XIX century, also “Americans”) built on their hegemonic world-action after 1492; 2) critically introduce students to postcolonial and decolonial studies, focusing on the use of concepts such as civilization, colonization, sovereignty, hegemony, nationalism, barbarism, geopolitics, identity, Latin-America, Europe, West, East, etc.; 3) teach students to recognize “colonial”, “post-colonial” and “de-colonial” narrations as products of specific context(s) marked by peculiar conflicts.      

Conoscenze e competenze che saranno acquisite:
Prerequisiti ed eventuali propedeuticità:
Modalità di valutazione dell'apprendimento e prova d'esame:

Oral exam

A chi è rivolto il corso:

Graduate students

Come ottenere la tesi:
Metodi didattici:

Frontal lessons + laboratory (participatory learning).

Modalità di valutazione della frequenza:
Testi d'esame:

Textbooks :


Part A, Classics


At least one text from this group


Franz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, Grove Weidenfeld, New York, 1991


Tzvetan Todorov, The Conquest of America. The Question of the Other, Harper Perennial, New York, 1992


Anthony Pagden, Lords of All the Word. Ideologies of Empire in Spain, Britain and France c.1500-c.1800, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1995 


Edward Said, Orientalism, Penguin Books, London, 2003    


Benedict Anderson,Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism , Verso, London, 2006.


Part B, Contemporary Debate


At least one text from this group


Walter Mignolo, The idea of Latin America, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, 2005


Achille Mbembe, On the Postcolony, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2001


Serge Gruzinski, The Mestizo Mind. The intellectual dynamics of colonization and globalization, Routledge, London, 2002 


Hamid Dabashi, Can Non-Europeans Think ? Zed Books, London, 2015


Part C, Class Debate or further readings


For attending students :


A text assigned individually.


For non-attending students,at least one text between :


John M. Hobson, The Eurocentric conception of word politics: Western international Theory 1760-2010, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012


Serge Gruzinski, The Eagle and the Dragon: Globalization and European dreams of conquest in China and America in the Sixteenth century, Polity Press, London, 2014 




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