Decolonising (Knowledge on) Euro–Mediterranean Relations: Insights on Shared Histories and Futures
As statues linked to imperial and colonial practices are torn down across the world, meaningful global conversations are questioning the iniquities of the present, the medium to long term effects of colonialism, and settled moral standards from the past. All this is of particular relevance also to Euro–Mediterranean relations, as the Mediterranean has been on the interface of European colonial and imperial history in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. Several scholars have pointed out that Europe has for long been hesitant to address a number of aspects and implications connected to this history, casting a shadow on Euro–Mediterranean relations. This book aims to shed a deeper light on this past and its legacy and to provide additional elements to decolonise knowledge, while also addressing Euro–Mediterranean relations in the present. This engagement is still at an early stage, and yet, it is of crucial relevance to put Euro–Mediterranean relations on a more equal footing, while setting the stage for a future towards reconciliation in a space which is ever more conflictual.
Volume published in the framework of the project entitled “Engaging the Past for a Shared Future. Decolonising Euro–Mediterranean Relations”, run by IAI in collaboration with the History and Political Science departments at the University of Turin.
Contributors, p. 7-9
1. Pasts, Presents and Futures of Mediterranean Relations: The Role of the European Union, by Daniela Huber, p. 11-20
1.1 The EU’s subject-positioning in Mediterranean relations
1.2 Practices of domination
1.3 Unlearn to relearn
2. Decolonising Knowledge: A Euro–Mediterranean Perspective, by Lorenzo Kamel, p. 21-32
2.1 Whose democracy?
2.2 The making of a “Judeo-Christian tradition”
3. Rethinking Coloniality Through the Lens of Refugee Norms and Histories: The Role of the Arab Middle East, by Tamirace Fakhoury, p. 33-42
3.1 Laying the ground
3.2 The Arab hosting state as a shaper of histories, norms and policies
3.3 Humanitarian governance as a site of inquiry for undoing coloniality
3.4 Refugees as protagonists
3.5 What real-world relevance?
4. Turkey and Eastern Europe: Historicising Geopolitical Convergences in Gender Politics, by Selin Çağatay, p. 43-54
4.1 Kemalist and state-socialist women’s activisms
4.2 The post-Cold War NGO-isation of feminist politics
4.3 Imagining fragmented struggles as common struggles
5. Studying Euro–Mediterranean Relations: A Socio-Economic Perspective, by Rosita Di Peri, p. 55-63
5.1 Asymmetries, paradoxes and misrepresentations
5.2 The 2011 Arab revolts: A methodological turning point?
5.3 A new methodological research agenda
6. Decolonising Democratic Knowledge in Euro–Mediterranean Relations: Towards New Pedagogies, by Larbi Sadiki, p. 65-73
6.1 Decolonising the “democratic mind” in Euro–Mediterranean relations?
6.2 Decolonising EU “democracy” practices in the Mediterranean
6.3 Towards a new “pedagogy of democratisation”?
7. Concluding Reflections: Decolonising Knowledge on Euro–Mediterranean Relations, by Michelle Pace, p. 75-85
7.1 From amnesia to re-balancing?
7.2 Entrapped in amnesia and no way out?
7.3 Turning to “Arabpolitanism”: Citizens are doing it for themselves
Abstracts, p. 87-91