EUROGLOT reading group series: Searching for ‘alliances’: Intersections between postcolonialism and postcommunism

Can we build solidarities emerging from, or rather moving beyond, the Eurocentric remnants of the former ‘Three-World’ structure? If so, how can we genuinely generate alliances between global souths and global easts? How do ‘otherings’, discomforts, and discontents manifest themselves and how do they intersect each other in the spaces between the east(s) and the south(s)? We propose to think through the convergences between postcommunism and postcolonialism, to continue our rereadings of the ‘posts’, and to inspire and encourage (epistemic) alliances as something based on solidarity instead of unproductive melancholia.

Engaging with these questions, the EUROGLOT Research Network at South/South Movement is pleased to organise a reading group session based on the following article: 

Velickovic, Vedrana. “Belated Alliances? Tracing the Intersections Between Postcolonialism and Postcommunism.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 48, no. 2, 2012, pp. 164–75,

This is the third session of a three-part series on the emerging concept of the ‘Global East, co-convened by Szilvia Nagy (CEU) and Izabella Wódzka (UCL). Building on our previous theme of the decolonial and postcolonial perspectives on Europe, we attempt to critically think through this particular epistemic space conventionally understood to be spanning between the Global South and the Global North.


    Note: The image above is depicting the House of the Free Press (Casa Presei Libere)  in Bucharest, Romania. Modelled on the ‘Seven Sisters’ (a group of seven skyscrapers in Moscow designed in Stalinist style). The building was named Combinatul Poligrafic Casa Scînteii “I.V.Stalin” and later Casa Scînteii (Scînteia was the name of the Romanian Communist Party‘s official newspaper). Renamed Casa Presei Libere (“House of the Free Press”), the building has basically the same role nowadays, with many of today’s newspapers having their headquarters in it. Photo by Paul M.R. Maeyaert.; © Paul M.R. Maeyaert. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.