Panel no. 24 - Post/Neo/Colonialism and the Workings of Affect


Title Dr First name Jonas Last name Bens
Institution Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin City Berlin Country DE


Title Mr First name Laibor Kalanga Last name Moko
Institution name University of Dodoma City Dodoma Country TZ


Panel title

Post/Neo/Colonialism and the Workings of Affect

Panel abstract

Anthropology and postcolonial theory are currently engaged in an intensive discussion on how to rethink colonialism, its legacies, as well as its ongoing and future manifestations by exploring affective dynamics. Anthropological inquiry, with its attention to the seemingly micro and marginal, is in a privileged position to understand how much colonialism has been and remains to be about the creation, maintenance, modulation, transformation and rejection of specific affects and emotions. This panel facilitates a dialogue on the anthropology of affect and colonialism and invites papers from all kinds of cultural and historical contexts. They can refer to one or several of the dimensions that are currently explored in the field of affect and post/neo/colonialism, such as: (1) the technologies of affective colonial governance, including the curation of specific colonial sensibilities and sentiments; (2) emotions of colonial domination and of coloniser-colonised relations; (3) how processes of colonial racialisation in neo/post/colonial societies (including phenomena such as blackness, indigeneity, mestizaje, white supremacy, nativism etc.) inscribe into the affective lives of people; (4) the role of affect and emotion for the production of belonging and (national) identity both in Europe and the post-colonies; (5) the affective workings of colonial ruinations, archives, and museums and the politics of history, remembering and nostalgia in which they are embedded; (6) how ongoing global post/neo/colonial economic inequalities inscribe into people's everyday living and feeling and are reproduced by a politics of sentiment. Papers can address one or more of these perspectives, or open up new ones.

IUAES Commission

IUAES Commission on Museums and Cultural Heritage