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Polish Post(-)colonial Nationalism

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  • Thu 15 Mar 2018 15.00 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-03-15 15:00 2018-03-15 17:00 Europe/Paris Polish Post(-)colonial Nationalism

In post-communist countries such as Poland, and more specifically in Polish-language debates over communism as a (quasi) colonial rule, we can observe features of post-colonial nationalism (cf. Forrester 2006).
The thesis which this paper seeks to defend is that some contenders in the debates hijack postcolonial theory, with their hidden nationalist agendas which can themselves be diagnosed as post-colonial, when they challenge post-colonial heuristics from a position inside a post-colonial and post-communist situation.
In my paper I endeavor to conceptualize post-colonial theory itself, or rather certain modes of appropriation of it, as either programmatic promotion or subcutaneous practice of post-colonial nationalism.
Drawing on public debates (for example, about Thompson 2000 and 2005), but also on my personal experience as a foreign student of post-colonial theory in Slavic studies communicating with domestic scholars of post-colonialism in Poland, I investigate statements about post-colonial theory as an indicator of post-colonial nationalism.
While the programmatic nationalist agenda in Ewa Thompson’s appropriation of postcolonial theory has been diagnosed (Best 2007), attacked (Golinczak 2008), and theoretically framed (Uffelmann 2013, 2016), the extent to which the “anti-Thompsonism”, inherent in Polish “post-dependence studies” (studia postzaleznosciowe) with its mononational focalization, contains structural post-colonial nationalism remains an open question.

Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati

In post-communist countries such as Poland, and more specifically in Polish-language debates over communism as a (quasi) colonial rule, we can observe features of post-colonial nationalism (cf. Forrester 2006).
The thesis which this paper seeks to defend is that some contenders in the debates hijack postcolonial theory, with their hidden nationalist agendas which can themselves be diagnosed as post-colonial, when they challenge post-colonial heuristics from a position inside a post-colonial and post-communist situation.
In my paper I endeavor to conceptualize post-colonial theory itself, or rather certain modes of appropriation of it, as either programmatic promotion or subcutaneous practice of post-colonial nationalism.
Drawing on public debates (for example, about Thompson 2000 and 2005), but also on my personal experience as a foreign student of post-colonial theory in Slavic studies communicating with domestic scholars of post-colonialism in Poland, I investigate statements about post-colonial theory as an indicator of post-colonial nationalism.
While the programmatic nationalist agenda in Ewa Thompson’s appropriation of postcolonial theory has been diagnosed (Best 2007), attacked (Golinczak 2008), and theoretically framed (Uffelmann 2013, 2016), the extent to which the “anti-Thompsonism”, inherent in Polish “post-dependence studies” (studia postzaleznosciowe) with its mononational focalization, contains structural post-colonial nationalism remains an open question.


Location:
Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Alexander Etkind (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Contact:
Fabrizio Borchi (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Dirk Uffelmann (University of Passau)
 
 

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