How can we comprehend and make sense of the epistemic space and ‘grey zone’ between the traditional understandings of the ‘Global North’ and ‘Global South’? What can be learned and unlearned from the concept – and lived experiences – of the former ‘Second World’? How can the liminalities and dualities encompassed by the concept of Global East contribute to and deepen decolonial thought and praxis?
Engaging with these questions, the EUROGLOT Research Network at South/South Movement is pleased to organise a reading group session based on two articles:
— ‘In Search of the Global East: Thinking between North and South’ by Martin Müller (2018). The text is available here.
— ‘Postsocialist ≠ postcolonial? On post-Soviet imaginary and global coloniality’ by Madina Tlostanova (2012). The text is available here.
This session marks the first of a three-part series on the emerging concept of the Global East. Building on our previous theme on decolonial and postcolonial perspectives on Europe, we will address this particular space identified and conceptualised between Global South and Global North.
Note: The image above is depicting the Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki) in Warsaw, Poland. Modelled on the ‘Seven Sisters’ (a group of seven skyscrapers in Moscow designed in Stalinist style), the Palace of Culture and Science is highly controversial, as it is often viewed as a reminder of Soviet influence, especially due to its construction during mass violations of human rights. FORTEPAN / Romák Éva