Once Were Internationalists? Postcolonialism, Disenchanted Solidarity and the Right to Belong in a World of Globalized Modernity



From at least the late 2000s onwards, postcolonial studies has moved into a phase of disciplinary revisionism — a wider trend towards introspection, self-reflexivity and self-transformation that in recent years has produced calls for ‘Reframing Postcolonial Studies’ (Gopal and Lazarus), for ‘Revisioning Post-colonial Studies’ (Mayer), for ‘Rerouting the Postcolonial’ (Wilson, Şandru and Welsh) and for thinking of new directions in ‘Postcolonial Studies and Beyond’ (Loomba et al.) as well as musings on ‘Postcolonial Remains’ (Young) and ‘What Is Left in Postcolonial Studies?’ (Parry). Such a flurry of revisionist activity can be taken as a sign of uneasiness, discontent or possibly even crisis within a field that can look back on an amazing institutional success story of moving from the margins of neglect into the centre of attention in a wide number of academic disciplines and discourses over the last two decades.


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