The modern world has been shaped by the legacy of Western empires. Modern formats of centralized state sovereignty as well as capitalist production and exchange were globalized through the dialectical interactions between European colonialism and anti-colonial non-Western nationalisms. These legacies of empire are as resilient today in the world of ideas, as in other social spheres. The task of decolonizing intellectual history involves comprehending and overcoming the debris of empire that continue to contaminate our political, social, and economic consciousness today. It implies thinking with non-white actors – including, and especially, subaltern actors – and non-Western intellectual-cultural traditions, to respond to the world’s pressing problems. It involves reflecting about how to draw on old intellectual resources, as well as forge new pathways, to overcome global inequalities of race, class, and gender. It mandates taking nonhuman beings seriously in responding to climate change, the extinction of species, and other ecological crises that affect the earth’s denizens in the Age of the Anthropocene/Capitalocene.
Our website intends to stimulate discussions on these issues. The editorial team embodies a transdisciplinary collaboration between Intellectual History and Anthropology. In that spirit, we invite contributions that reflect on what decolonizing and diversifying intellectual production would imply, and how such efforts can be building blocks for social and political transformations. Apart from publishing written texts, we shall also host/advertise events and audio-visual recordings relevant to our focus. We hope that the website will stimulate an emergent network of scholars across disciplines, geographies, and career-stages.