“Decolonising Knowledge: A Euro-Mediterranean Perspective”, Lorenzo Kamel (IAI, Italy)

How can we decolonise Euro-Mediterranean relations? From a historical perspective, one of the most persuasive, indirect answers to this question was provided by Nicholas B. Dirks: “in certain important ways”, he wrote, “knowledge was what colonialism was all about” There is indeed little chance to decolonise Euro-Mediterranean relations without first questioning the “colonial echoes” rooted in the process of simplification which, particularly in the last few decades, has often reduced much of the history of the “Southern Mediterranean others” to a Eurocentric and mono-dimensional narrative.

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