Global Decolonization Initiative

Boston University
Pardee School of Global Studies

The Global Decolonization Initiative (GloDec) at the BU Pardee School brings together undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and faculty to develop an intellectual community passionate about understanding the ongoing processes of decolonization through studying borders, borderlands, partitions, identities, race, citizenship and political violence. 

GloDec comprises three kinds of programs that predominantly relate to student and faculty research. 


GloDec's research projects include Connected Partitions Project to develop a database and a series of case studies on territorial partitions, and the Nuclear Sites Project to develop in-depth case studies on nuclear weapons, energy, and mining sites located in the world's borderlands. See the projects' pages for more information.


The seminar is open to Ph.D. students, postdocs, and junior faculty at Boston University and beyond, who are conducting innovative research on themes associated with decolonization. See seminar page for more information.


  • "Students for Decolonization" [SDECOL]
    Approved by BU's Student Activities Office (SAO), SDECOL is an independent undergraduate student group that aims to facilitate on-campus communication and research on decolonization and related subjects.

  • Decolonization Film Series
    GloDec's partnership project with SDECOL, with the involvement of M.A. students the film series showcases three films/documentaries per semester on decolonization followed by discussion led by a BU faculty member.


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