Rethinking (de)coloniality: how useful are the terms ‘global North’ vs ‘South’?
Thursday 25th June, 4-6pm
Blackboard Collaborate, online event

Recording available here:

This was the first in a series of ‘decolonisation and development’ events from the Sheffield Institute of International Development (SIID), and was organised to consider questions of race and coloniality around the established global framework of the “global North and South.”

We were delighted to be joined by: Professor Gargi Bhattarcharya (UEL), Dr. Laura Loyola-Hernandez (Leeds), Dr. Kamna Patel (UCL), Dr. Naaz Rashid (Sussex), Dr. Althea Maria Rivas (SOAS).


Original event description below:

Join us for a critical discussion the role of colonial legacies and continuities of Empire at the intersections of race, class and gender, here in the UK and in other former imperialist and settler-colonial states and ‘post-colonial’ states. The discussion is guided by the following broad questions: how useful is the global ‘South vs North’ binary for empirical and conceptual understandings of global inequalities? In reckoning with these complex geographies and temporalities of inequality, is it worth recognising that they may not fall neatly between lines of the ‘global south’ and ‘global north’? Or do we need distinct boundaries to avoid flattening narratives of ongoing expropriation, expulsion and exploitation?

Each panellist will share their individual response to these provocations based on their respective fields, and hold a collective discussion before opening up to questions from the audience.