CALL FOR PAPERS – After the Prelude: Decolonisation, Revolution and Evolution? 9th to 11th July, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS – After the Prelude: Decolonisation, Revolution and Evolution? 9th to 11th July, 2018


An Interdisciplinary Conference, 9th July – 11th July, 2018

Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study, 1 Tolip Street, Westdene 2092

Following the success of ‘The Prelude to Decolonisation: the turning of the tide’ at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study, 2017, the organisers and the Director of JIAS, Professor Peter Vale, have planned follow-up events to extend the initial theme. There will be no conference fee, and we envisage providing accommodation for the duration of the conference (with the possibility of contributing towards the travel costs of presenters).

This conference is envisaged to be a comparative analysis of the process and aftermath of decolonisation from historical and philosophical perspectives. Was decolonisation a success, or a myth beyond which colonial relations of subservience were perpetuated by different means under different guises? Was, for example, Ho Chi Minh’s emphasis on collectivism, or Fanon’s on individualism, the most promising strategies. The project is at once designed to articulate clearly the circumstances of and justifications for decolonisation, and the extent to which it constituted revolutionary ruptures, or evolutionary developments. To what extent were the voices and aspirations of indigenous peoples heard and realised?

The conference is organised by Professor David Boucher (Cardiff and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg), and Dr Ayesha Omar (University of Witwatersrand) and is sponsored by the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study (JIAS), and the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg .

We welcome expressions of interest of a high quality from specialists in a wide variety of disciplines. Please send your abstracts to Ayesha and me ( by 31 December, 2017.


P O Box 524, Auckland Park 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tel +27 11 559 7530 / 7542




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