Global Decolonization Initiative
Pardee School of Global Studies
The Global Decolonization Initiative (GloDec) at the BU Pardee School is a research endeavor that brings together undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty across campus to form an intellectual community passionate about understanding the ongoing processes of decolonization through studying borders, borderlands, migration, identities, race, citizenship, and violence.
GloDec's Affiliated Faculty at Boston University, 2021-22
Robert Hefner, Professor of Anthropology
Timothy Longman, Professor of Political Science
Noora Lori, Assistant Professor of International Relations
Jeremy Menchik, Associate Professor of International Relations
Benjamin Siegel, Associate Professor of History
Michael Woldermariam, Associate Professor of International Relations
GloDec comprises three kinds of programs that relate to student and faculty research.
The seminar hosts Ph.D. students and postdocs who are conducting innovative research on themes associated with decolonization. The seminar also hosts book talks by first-time authors. See seminar page for more information.
GloDec's research projects include Nuclear Sites Project to develop in-depth case studies on nuclear weapons, energy, and mining sites, and Connected Partitions Project to develop a database and a series of case studies on territorial partitions since 1900 to the present. See the projects' pages for more information.
GLODEC DOCTORAL FELLOWS, 2021-22
GloDec is pleased to announce its 2021-22 cohort of doctoral fellows, who will workshop sections from their dissertation research in March 2022 in the Decolonization-in-Progress seminar. Their research reflects the 2021-22 theme of territoriality/spatiality.
Hafsa Arain (PhD candidate, BU Anthropology), Boy Cuts: Queer Hair in the Gender-Segregated Parlors of Karachi, Pakistan, March 1, 2022
Michael Borsk (PhD candidate, Queens University, History), A Measure of Recognition: Surveyors, Indigenous Nations, and Property in the Great Lakes Region,
March 15, 2022
Alyssa Kreikemeier (PhD candidate, BU American Studies), Aerial Enclosures: From Commons to Conflict in the American West, March 28, 2022