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Decolonizing Space and the Self

A Postcolonial Reading of Activism on Statues

Isabella D’Angelo    Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Italia    

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This article discusses recent activism on public statues from a post-colonial perspective. First, it outlines a post-colonial concern with the notion of subaltern space, focusing on the relation of space-making to subjectivation. Then, it analyses distinct theoretical insights coming from post-colonial literature that deal with the theme of political space and resistance, addressing in particular the thought of Mbembe, hooks, and Ahmed. Finally, it discusses activism over colonial statues in light of this theoretical approach, interpreting activism on statues as a decolonial intervention that directly addresses questions of representation and democracy.

Published
Dec. 1, 2023
Accepted
May 25, 2023
Submitted
Nov. 24, 2022
Language
EN

Keywords: SubalternityStatuesPostcolonial studiesDecolonizationPolitical space

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