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Workshop: Decoloniality and the Politics of the Urban

New Your Skyline


Hybrid Event

Hope Park Square
off Meadow Lane

MS Teams


Thu 27 October 2022

The Geneva Graduate Institute, the Reversing the Gaze Project and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) invite you to attend an upcoming workshop, exploring themes of decoloniality in relation to the politics of the urban.


What is the politics of the divide between the urban and the non-urban (semi-urban, peri-urban and the rural), in contemporary postcolonial and metropolitan contexts, as well as historical colonial contexts? The divide is fundamental to the emergence of modern states as political-economic entities – European, colonial, and developmental. It expresses a politics of concentration/scale, productivity, specialisation, and movement to be governed. Crucially, colonial histories and categories of urban and rural and their relationship to productive and unproductive labour give shape to internal hierarchies of citizenship within states. The politics of these categories manifest themselves in historic rubrics of retribalisation, and contemporary politics of internal labour migration and populist resentment. The divide is of interest as at once a material site, political framework, and historical stage for the making of colonial and postcolonial states – and potentially for the continuation of an “unfinished project of decolonisation”.


This event will be a Hybrid event. There are a limited number of places available for in person attendance. Please register through Eventbrite to secure your place.

To attend In Person - register through link below.

To join the event Virtually please email IASH (here).


More information about the workshop is available on the Reversing the Gaze Project website 


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