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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, 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 MenchikAssociate 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. 

 

DECOLONIZATION-IN-PROGRESS SEMINAR

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.

RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS

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

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