Bringing Postcoloniality ‘Home’? The Erasure of the Inside/Outside Boundary in the Construction of the Domestic Other
9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Sicily, September 2015
Post-colonial approaches to the construction of identities in the discipline of International Relations have often been reluctant to import their findings and methods ‘home’. In doing so, they have usually reinforced the strict division between inside/outside informing IR, creating problematic assumptions and associations between an inside civilisation (the ‘home’ of the citizen-subject) and an outside barbarity (the ‘shelter’ of the colonial other). But colonial logics also produced renderings of the uncivil, unfit and disordered at ‘home’ (McClintock, 1995; Hall and Rose 2000) and had to account for and explain away the presence of civility in ‘foreign’ lands. These interconnections show how metropolitan states were ordered in the same way as colonial territories were. Through these multifaceted acts of ‘othering’ and the reproduction of the ‘uncivilised’, ‘unfit’ and ‘dangerous’ the inside/outside boundary is blurred. These practices also help undermine the classic self/other binaries designed to silence ambiguities and re-establish a certain and linear identity. This panel will explore the circulation of these knowledges, practices and violent decisions involved in constituting problematic subjects, both inside and outside the state. We welcome papers engaging with these topics across different historical time frames and in multiple empirical cases.
This panel will be submitted to Section 63 “Worlds of Colonial Violence”