The Newsletter 59 Spring 2012

Postcolonial dialogues

Michiel Baas

In November 2011 IIAS hosted a two-day roundtable, tentatively titled The Postcolonial Dialogues. The idea was simple, yet we were well aware of the complexities that came with this so-called simplicity. In terms of the colonial experience and postcolonial realities, our task at hand was to explore what has been left unsaid, untouched upon, undocumented, unexplored or maybe even purposely ignored. What, in short, should our agenda be the coming years when speaking of ‘postcolonialism’? We were, however, all in agreement of one thing from the start: much has already been said. Another thing we firmly agreed on is that this does not mean there are no more issues to be dealt with.

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