Global Decolonization Initiative

Boston University
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, identities, race, citizenship, and political violence. 

GloDec comprises two kinds of programs that predominantly 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.

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