Postcolonial Governmentality Workshop
Theory, Sites and Practices
25-26th September 2014, University of Bristol
This workshop was inspired by the need for further collaboration between academics to understand how both governmentality and postcolonial approaches are key to understanding contemporary governance.
Drawing on Michel Foucault’s writings, governmentality offers a conceptual framework to analyse how contemporary governance functions not solely through states but through multiple tactics and means that regulate the conduct of individuals and institutions by setting up standards of behaviour according to neoliberal rationalities. A postcolonial approach to governmentality exposes the (post)colonial logics that reproduce neoliberalism, the role of postcolonial sites and practices in shaping neoliberal governance, and the inequalities embedded within it insofar as its standards of conduct determine which subjects are privileged and excluded. In particular, postcolonial perspectives show how neoliberal governance can be both productive and repressive, functioning to impose a fixed code of conduct and to objectify (gendered, racialized, sexualized) ‘others’ as part of its project of improvement.
The theme ‘Postcolonial Governmentality: Theory, Sites and Practices’ examines how the concept of governmentality adds to our understanding of postcolonialism. In turn, it will look at how governmentality in postcolonial sites contributes to our understanding of global governance. This workshop includes papers from academics and doctoral students whose research illustrates how postcolonial approaches and sites are valuable to understanding the practices of global governance. Papers take a context-driven approach that considers how various practices function as technologies of neoliberal governance, based on articulations within global and local interpretations. Of particular interest are subjects, practices and relations of inclusion and exclusion that are ‘secured’ through the workings of postcolonial governmentality, which may include but are not restricted to those found in tourism, the media, government and social movements. We intend to publish an edited volume/special issue of selected papers from the workshop.
The keynote speech will be delivered by Vivienne Jabri (King’s College London) and the workshop will conclude with a roundtable, with panelists that include Robbie Shilliam (QMUL), Carl Death (University of Manchester), Stephen Legg (University of Nottingham), Louiza Odysseos (University of Sussex), and Paul Bowman (Cardiff University).
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This workshop is sponsored by the University of Bristol’s Alumni Foundation Award, Gender Research Centre and Global Insecurities Centre, Cardiff University’s Department of Politics and International Relations, as well as the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
The deadline for registration has now closed but there are still spaces available if you would like to attend the keynote speech. Do let us know as soon as possible as spaces are limited.
If you have any questions please email Terri-Anne Teo and Elisa Wynne-Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org and WynneHughesE@cardiff.ac.uk.