Colonialism is a systematic negation of a nation and a
furious determination to deny the people of a nation all attributes of humanity.
Colonialism is political domination of one nation over another that is institutionalized
in direct political administration by the colonial power.
Colonialism controls all economic relationships and a
systematically attempts to transform the culture of the subject nation. Colonialism
usually involves extensive immigration from the colonial power into the colony and the
immigrants taking on roles as landowners, business people and professionals.
Colonialism is a form of imperialism.
Though colonialism is often used interchangeably with imperialism, the latter is often
used more broadly as it covers control exercised informally as well as formally.
Despite the decolonization in the 1960s-70s, former
colonies still are today for the most part under strong Western influence. Critics of this
continued Western influence talk of neocolonialism.
The main difference between neocolonialism and internal
colonialism is the source of exploitation. In the former, the control comes from outside
the nation-state, while in the latter it comes from within.
The MA in
Culture and Colonialism is a multi-disciplinary taught Masters of Arts programme. It
is designed for graduates from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It was
established to further an understanding of the meanings of colonialism,
'imperialism,' post-colonialism, and neo-colonialism across a
range of disciplines. We encourage students to view colonialism in the widest possible
contexts, in both historical and contemporary forms.
SOCIOLOGY OF COLONIALISM Sociology Dept,
Binghamton University, Nigel Westmaas
Course Description: This course analyzes the colonial experience on several continents,
focusing on the dimensions and cases of colonialism through its historical, sociological,
and ideological contexts.
Colonialism has transformed customs, traditions, and social organizations, introduced new
boundaries between peoples and erased others through the institutionalization of racism
and the creation of new ethnicities.
The history, theory, and practice of colonialism and neocolonialism are presented through
social-science material, historical documents, literature, and film. We will explore the
long-term economic, psychological, and cultural effects of colonialism on the
Colonial History: the very beginning colonialism and ways of knowing
Readings: (1) Ronald J. Horvath A Definition of Colonialism: (JSTOR)
(II)Doctrines of Colonialism: Assesses various definitions of colonialism and imperialism
Colonialism and the Rise of Capitalism European
colonization of the Americas
Reading: Jeffrey Stone, Imperialism, colonialism & Cartography (Reading on
Colonialism and the Rise of capitalism European colonization of the Americas.
Colonialism and the Rise of Racism: Misappropriation of knowledge
Reading: Judith Carney African Rice in the Columbian Exchange (ERES)
Colonialism and the Rise of Racism
Reading: Inventing Aborogines (ERES)
Dynamics of Capitalism and Colonialism: A Social History of Soap
Dynamics of Capitalism and Colonialism:
Reading: (I) Brenda Yeoh. Colonial Names in Colonial Singapore Geographical
(II) Decolonization of concepts (ERES)
Colonialism and Movies
Colonialism and Gender
Colonialism in Asia : Japanese Representations of Colonialism
Colonialism in Asia : Indonesia
Reading: Indonesia - Colonial Crime (Blackboard)
Reading: Colonialism in India (Chap II ) in Shibani Chaube, Colonialism
Freedom Struggle & Nationalism in India (ERES)
Colonialism in Africa (I)
Reading: John L. Comaroff, Images of Empire, Contests of Conscience: Models of
Colonial Domination in South Africa American Ethnologist, Vol. 16, No. 4. (Nov.,
Colonialism in Africa(II)The Scramble and Rearrangement of Africa
Reading: Reserve text (Havinden ) chapter to be announced
Colonialism & Dress Cultures
Readings: (I) Phyllis Martin, Contesting clothes in Colonial Brazzaville
Colonialism and African Resistance (1)
Reading: Gary Fowler, Italian Colonization of Tripolitania (JSTOR)
Colonialism and African Resistance(II)
Colonialism and African Resistance: Mau-Mau Rebellion
Reading: Imperial Reckoning Chap 5 The Birth of Britains Gulag
Reading: Julius Nyrere interview (Blackboard)
Colonialism & the Passport
Reading: Radhika Mongia, Race, Nationality, mobility: A History of the
Passport pp. 196-214 in After the Imperial Turn (Desk Reserve)
Non-European Perspectives on Colonialism: Indigenous conceptions of
Reading: Tony Ballantyne, Rereading the Archive and Opening up the Nation
Colonial Knowledge in south Asia (and Beyond) in After the Imperial Turn (Desk Res)
The Statistics of Colonialism
Reading: Class presentations & displays (assignments to be prepared in advance)
Colonialism & Feminism in the Present
Reading: Young, Postcolonial Feminism (ERES)
Easter recess April 12 17
Colonialism & Writing the Caribbean
Reading: Saakana, Colonial Legacy in Caribbean Literature (Desk Res) (Chapter to be
Colonialism & Writing the Caribbean
Reading: John Plotz, One-Way Traffic: George Lamming and the Portable Empire
in After the Imperial Turn (Desk Reserve)
Colonialism Today: Iraq (1)
Reading: Gregory, Colonial Present, pp. 144-245
Colonialism Today: Iraq (II)
Reading: Video, cahrts & discussion (reading to be announced)
Colonialism Today: Palestine
Reading: Derek Gregory, The Colonial Present, pp. 76-143
Is Colonialism alive?
Reading: discussion & guest presentation
Culture and Colonialism
The course is a full-time degree taken over a
twelve-month period (September to September). The year is divided into two teaching
semesters (September to December and January to May), while the summer period is devoted
to completing a minor dissertation.
The taught programme comprises six compulsory courses (two of which are not examined),
plus two option courses, and occasional lectures by distinguished visiting speakers. Most
courses consist of 10 two-hour seminars. The list of available courses varies from year to
year: the following list is provisional.
EN541 Colonialism in 20th-Century Cultural Theory
This course offers an introduction twentieth-century theories of colonialism and
neo-colonialism in relation to cultural production. The course focuses on issues related
to identity, political agency and discourse.
HI546 Studies in the History of Colonialism and Imperialism
This course provides students with an understanding of the forces which contributed to
nineteenth-century European imperialism. Students are encouraged to evaluate critically
the various theories that have been advanced to explain imperialism, and to consider how
far imperialism acted to stimulate or retard 'modernisation' in colonised areas, including
areas of European settlement.
HI547 Studies in the History of Colonialism and Imperialism
This course examines the challenges that emerged in the course of the twentieth century to
imperial structures, including the impact of two world wars and the rise of protest
movements among the colonised. It considers the responses of various imperial powers,
first in successfully countering threats to continued dominance, and later in managing the
retreat from empire.
SP565 Decolonization and Neo-Colonialism: The Politics of 'Development'
The phenomena of development and underdevelopment in those lands that have experienced
colonial rule have been theorised in two broadly contrasting ways in social science: the
modernisation perspective, which derives from the northern hemisphere by and large, and a
series of counter-perspectives (such as structuralism, dependency, neo-Marxism and world
systems theory), whose exponents hail from the southern hemisphere in the main.
Option Courses (two to be chosen):
EN547 Literature and Colonialism
This course examines literary representations of colonial and post-colonial experience,
from a variety of points-of-view and from various historical and geographical contexts.
EC535 Political Economy, Colonialism and
This course considers the engagement of the science of political economy with
colonialism in a variety of nineteenth-century British writings and debates.
EN549 Cinema and Colonialism
This course considers the relationships between colonialism and the theory and practice of
HI540 Gender and Colonialism
This course explores the interaction between gender and colonial/postcolonial issues,
drawing on a variety of theoretical models and a variety of social, political and literary
Ecology and Colonialism (Proposed for 2006-07)
This course proposes to enlarge the scope of conventional political economy analyses of
colonialism and neo-colonialism by including the dimension of ecology and the environment.
The environment is usually treated as an externality in studies of
colonialism, yet the discovery and appropriation of the environment in the
forms of land and natural resources was a key driving force behind colonial expansion and
the relationships between colonisers and colonised peoples. It compels us to look at the
long historical timeframe within which human cultures and civilisations have
developed, changed and destroyed ecological regimes. How differently might we
approach colonisation, decolonisation and development if insights
from ecology can be applied?