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Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS)

Dr. Olivia U. Rutazibwa, Senior Lecturer, European and International Studies, University of Portsmouth, April 2 - On the Ruins of Epistemicide: Decolonising International Solidarity through Blackness

Mar 29, 2019

A Research in Progress Seminar Talk 2019

Who: Dr. Olivia U. Rutazibwa
Where: L. R. Wilson (LRW) 1003, Wilson Community Room
When: Tuesday, April 2, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

On the Ruins of Epistemicide: Decolonising International Solidarity through Blackness

Rutazibwa investigates the epistemic implications of taking decoloniality seriously in the study of international interventions. Which research agenda would emerge if we were to de-centre the European experience? The study turns to epistemic Blackness, i.e. taking insights and experiences of peoples of African descent as the starting point from which to theorise and conceptualise solidarity. The methodological insights of decoloniality are engaged in a conversation with empirical (field)research in three sites of ‘Blackness’: (1) Autonomous recovery in Somaliland; (2) Black Power thought and practices; (3) Agaciro (‘dignity’), a home-grown state-building philosophy and public policy in post-genocide Rwanda.

Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa is a Belgian/Rwandan political scientist and senior lecturer in European and International Development Studies at the University of Portsmouth in the UK. She has published in various academic journals (Postcolonial Studies, Ethical Perspectives, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Journal of Contemporary European Studies). She is co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics (2018) and Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning (2018), associate editor of International Feminist Journal of Politics, former Africa desk editor, journalist, and columnist at the Brussels-based MO* Magazine, and author of The End of the White World: A Decolonial Manifesto (in Dutch, EPO, 2019).