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. 

At GloDec, we consider decolonization to be an ongoing process and not a moment frozen in time. We are committed to interrogating that process collectively as an intellectual community with ethics, compassion, and empathy. 

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


The seminar hosts Ph.D. students, postdocs, and junior faculty, who are conducting innovative research on themes associated with decolonization. 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.


  • "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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