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CFP SSPT (Volume 19)

February 27, 2011
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The next issue of Studies in Social and Political Thought will be including a special section on the theme ‘Theorising the Postcolonial, Decolonising Theory’.

Both (post)colonialism and decolonial thought have sought to problematise the universalising claims which have characterised European Western philosophy from the Enlightenment period onwards. In this sense, then, both are political projects which seek to highlight implicit or assumed epistemological hierarchies. Yet, while postcolonialism has emerged from within this framework, decolonial theorists such as Walter Mignolo have sought to theorise ‘from the borders’ of coloniality, from outside European thought. The editors would like to invite postgraduate students and early career researchers to submit articles which address either (post)colonial or decolonial theory, or the relationship between the two, within any substantive context. Themes covered might include (though need not be restricted to):

  • Theoretical Eurocentrism
  • Ideas of universality
  • Decolonial theory
  • The coloniality of power
  • The influence of (post)colonialism on mainstream social and political thought
  • History, particularly colonial histories, and its/their relationship to theory
  • Coloniality and epistemology
  • ‘Indigenizing’ theory

Articles should be 4000-5000 words in length (inclusive of footnotes).

The deadline for submission is 14th April 2011

All submissions should be complete articles ready for peer review and should include an abstract of no more than 200 words. Authors should also ensure that their name and institution are clearly stated on the submission. Guidelines on style are available here. The guest editors of the section are Emma Battell Lowman and Lucy Mayblin of the University of Warwick.

Please direct submissions and inquiries to Emma: e.j.b.lowman@warwick.ac.uk

A PDF version of the Call For Papers is here


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