Postcolonial Theory, Internal Colonialism and the Markers of the Historical Subject

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC35 Conceptual and Terminological Analysis (host committee)

Language: English

The purpose of this session is to deepen the postcolonial debate from the theoretical perspectives suggested by the theory of internal colonialism. Traditionally, this theory focuses on ethnic and class conflicts present in national systems of domination in connection with transnational power structures. The moment demands revising the limits of this theory in order to deepen the debate on the forms of manifestation of the human subject. In this sense, it is important to consider the processes of construction and displacement of the subject's identity. The latter cannot be limited to narratives about memories and traditions or those related to conflicts between ethnicities and social classes. The theory of internal colonialism can offer new perspectives to explain the mechanisms of recoloniality as well as anti-colonial reactions in contemporary times provided that it incorporates a broader understanding of the idea of intergroup conflict, which implies valuing not only the political but also the cultural, psychological and emotional dimensions that constitute the human being. In order to do so, the theory of internal colonialism needs to integrate into the explanation of conflicts, alongside ethnic and class markers, others such as gender, religion, nationality, and nature. The new devices of recoloniality of contemporary life require theoretical reflections focusing more directly on both alienation and liberation. The widening of the understanding of the subject within postcolonial contexts on the basis of a plurality of markers is decisive for illuminating the devices of subjective liberation.
Session Organizer:
Paulo Henrique MARTINS, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Mariana TEIXEIRA, Unicamp (University of Campinas), Brazil
Oral Presentations
Internal Colonialism and Oligarchic Domination from Inter-Ethnic Conflicts
Paulo Henrique MARTINS, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Gender Recognition and Political Representation in the Postcolonial Debate
Irlys Alencar F. BARREIRA, Universidade Federal do Cear᠁- Brazil, Brazil
Epistemological Justice in Postcolonial Times
Gurminder BHAMBRA, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
The Post-Colonial and Decolonial Perspectives in the Production of Knowledge on Latin America in Brazil
Flavia BARROS, ELA / University of Brasília, Brazil; Lilia TAVOLARO, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Distributed Papers