Seminar by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Thursday 20 April 2023 | 10:00h – 12:30h (CET)

Decolonization as method

The current resurgent and insurgent decolonization of the 21st century is a direct challenge to attempts at capturing decolonization and making it part of the masterโ€™s tool of production and reproduction of colonialism/coloniality. As a revolutionary force of change and a methodology of struggle, decolonization is confronting, diagnosing, deciphering, unmasking and revealing colonialism/coloniality hidden in the psyches/minds of modern subjects as well as systems, structures and institutions of domination. ย Consequently, deployment of decolonization as method not only re-opens basic epistemological questions but also highlights entanglements of existential and epistemological issues, while enabling re-writing, re-theorizing, rethinking, and even unthinking of all that which colonialism/coloniality imposed on the modern world. Decolonization is also proposing alternatives to colonialism/coloniality such as delinking, shifting the geography of knowledge, and moving the centre as it gestures towards a pluriversal world. This presentation deploys decolonization as method in its endeavour to delve deeper into the complex politics of knowledge, re-visiting the definition of decolonization at a moment when it is becoming a buzzword, interrogating how knowledge is colonized through analysis of the operations of the cognitive empire and its coloniality of knowledge, critiquing previous decolonization initiatives, and ending with articulation and interpretation of the tasks of the current resurgent and insurgent decolonization of the 21st century.

Prof. Sara Geenen will moderate this seminar.

Prof. Tom De Herdt will act as discussant.


โ€‹Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheniย is Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.

This seminar is part ofย the CERES PhD training.

Registration and practical information

If you plan to attend this seminar live at the University of Antwerp in Antwerp’s city centre, please register before 18 April by email toย

For livestreaming, please register through the link below.


Apr 20 2023


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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