2014, Fri, Jun 20

1989: Postcolonial criticism and after

Dipesh Chakrabarty

Dipesh Chakrabarty | Photo: Joachim Loch

Dipesh Chakrabarty | Photo: Joachim Loch

What comes after postcolonial criticism? In addressing this question, the lecture will critically assess the origins and achievements of postcolonial theory and offer some thoughts regarding its relevance to the contemporary world. Can notions of modernity, history and social science, dominated by Eurocentric thinking, still be applied to the developing world? Has the historical turn of 1989 and globalization also turned the perception of modernity rooted in European thinking around?

Dipesh Chakrabarty is Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Law School at the University of Chicago. In his works he has challenged the concept of a Eurocentric historicism from a post-colonial and subaltern studies’ perspective. In his acclaimed book “Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference" (engl. 2000; 2007; dt. 2011) he entangles limitations of Western notions of modernity, culture, class and homogenous capitalist and democratic developments. Most recently his research focuses on anthropogenic climate change and its implications for historical thinking, on the history of the idea of historical truth, and on historical genealogies of crowd-politics in India.

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