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Postcolonial and Decolonial Transformations Study Group Meeting

7 September 2022 (2-5pm)
Birmingham, UK

About the Event

After two years of online activities, the Postcolonial and Decolonial Transformations Study Group invites participants to join an in-person half-day workshop in Birmingham. This will be an informal opportunity to discuss our understandings of postcolonial and decolonial transformations of sociology and to meet colleagues interested in exploring similar questions. The event will be largely informal with much of the time given over to discussion and debate, rather than longer papers.

The workshop starts with an intention to explore the ways in which the contemporary world has been shaped by the historical processes of colonialism, enslavement, and indenture. We aim to better understand these processes as a central aspect of the sociological project. We further seek to examine their political, economic, social, and epistemological consequences in the present, alongside possibilities for intervention and liberation.

The afternoon will be broadly structured around two main topics of conversation:

  • First, a discussion of why it’s important to acknowledge the colonial past in the shaping of the present. This will be facilitated by Gurminder K Bhambra around the theme of how colonial taxes have contributed to the establishment and development of the national welfare state in Britain.
  • Second, a discussion of colonial memory and postcolonial representations will be facilitated by Meghan Tinsley. This session will centre on imperial nostalgia, the cultural artefacts of the British Empire, and the possibility of a decolonial memory.

The event will end with a discussion of the ways in which we use the terms postcolonial, decolonial, anticolonial, facilitated by Saskia Papadakis and Ali Meghji.

We will also have time for discussion of the future activities of the study group and its organisation.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, 7 September from 2-5pm, and will be held in central Birmingham. Further details will be available in due course.


  • BSA members: £10
  • Non-members: £15

Registration fees cover the cost of renting the room and the provision of tea/coffee/biscuits.