Looking for some inspirational reading? These are a few of our open access favourites:

Bhambra, Gurminder K (2007) Connected Sociologies. Theory for a Global Age Series, Bloomsbury Academic: London, 2014. Full text.

In this book Bhambra engages sociology and social theory with postcolonial studies and decoloniality.

Césaire, Aime (1972) Discourse on Colonialism. Translated by Joan Pinkham. This version published by Monthly Review Press: New York and London. Originally published as Discours sur le colonialisme by Editions Presence Africaine, 1955. Full text.

One of Césaires most classic texts in which he condems the brutality of colonial oppression and advocates the return of power to the colonized. Perfect starting point for situating critical discussions about development.

Khoo, Su-ming (2017) Engaging Development and Human Rights Curriculum in Higher Education, in the Neoliberal Twilight Zone, Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review, Vol. 25, (Autumn), 34-58. Full text.

What does it mean to teach and research human rights and development? Khoo argues for a decolonial curriculum and emancipatory teaching in order to push back against de-democratising tendencies.

Ashish Kothari and K.J. Joy (2018) (eds.)  ‘Alternative Futures: India Unshackled’, Full text

A collection of radical and visionary essays imagining and challenging  economic, ecological, political and socio-cultural futures.

Matthews, Sally (2018) Confronting the Colonial Library. in: Politikon 45 (1): 1-18, January 2018. Full text.

Matthews discusses attempts to decolonise university curricula and  how to oppose epistemological ethnocentrism.

Scauso, Marcos S. (2019) Intersectional Decoloniality: Re-imagining IR and the Problem of Difference, Introduction Chapter

 In this chapter, Scauso focusses on epistemic assumptions (i.e., definitions of what is real, how we know reality, and who knows reality) and the marginalizing effects that emerge from these constructions (i.e., definitions of what is not real, how “others” do not know reality, and who these “others” are) and places these considerations in the context of International Relations theory. 

Global Social Theory

A fantastic website to read up on concepts, thinkers, topics. The page  provides introductions to a variety of theorists and theories from around the world, especially beyond mainstream Eurocentric thought.

Postcolonialism and Post-Development. Practical Perspectives for Development Cooperation

Suggestions of the author collective include reforms in development policy and cooperation. They relate to the historical responsibility of the Global North, global economic relations, the self-determination of people at the receiving end of international cooperation in the Global South, as well as transparency and accountability and a reciprocal exchange of knowledge within international cooperation.

The Alternative Reading List Project

              Asking the most crucial question: What voices aren’t you hearing? 


The Resist. Unlearn. Relearn. Reading List

List of readings that speak to issues of nationalism, indigeneity, colonialism, and resistance/decolonization.