On 25 November, 2022, Suren Pillay took part in a working group session co-hosted by the Berlin University Alliance Centre and the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) Dehli, on ‘Decolonial Thinking in a Comparative Perspective’.
Baidik Bhattacharya, CSDS Dehli
Kai Kresse, ZMO/FU Berlin
Suren Pillay, UWC
This session focused on Pillay’s essay, ‘The Problem of Colonialism: Assimilation, Difference, and Decolonial Theory’, which maps the transformations of Latin American ‘Decolonial Theory’ as it traversed and traverses North American and South African universities.
More broadly, the session was “dedicated to a discussion of diverse strands of decolonial thinking as they exist in the world today, sometimes in conversation with each other and sometimes not… Instead of imagining decolonial thinking as one, singular project, this session explored the different forms that decolonial thinking has assumed in different historical, regional and linguistic contexts, borne out of different colonialism and different postcolonial trajectories.