Postcolonial Intellectuals and their European Publics


Postcolonial Intellectuals and their European Publics network (PIN) brings together an international and interdisciplinary network of scholars to investigate the role of postcolonial public intellectuals as crucial actors in renewing the function of the humanities and of democratic participation in Europe.
The network is innovative because (1) it includes figures that are not strictly postcolonial but are seminal for the postcolonial legacy; (2) it rethinks the category of the 'intellectual' by including not only migrant academics and political spokespersons but also writers, artists, activists, organizations and social movements; (3) it addresses uprisings, protests, marches and commemorations as acts of citizenship; (4) it accounts for the shifts in 'publics' through social media.
The leading research questions are: What is the relationship between postcolonial intellectuals and their European publics? How is this relationship articulated through artistic practices, alternative claims of citizenship and new forms of digital participation?
PIN brings together humanities centres with an international track record in postcolonial studies and furthermore connects established research centres, institutes and initiatives that have so far operated in isolation, integrating both theoretical, material, curatorial and digital perspectives for the first time.
An international team of experts from the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Italy and France will collaborate on a digital atlas for postcolonial Europe that will connect archives, libraries, research centres and cultural institutions throughout Europe.


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Main applicant

Prof. dr. S. Ponzanesi

Affiliated with

Universiteit Utrecht, Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Departement Media- en Cultuurwetenschappen


01/01/2019 to 31/10/2021