Decolonial / Postcolonial

Postcolonial studies, developed after the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978), are the studies of colonialism and its lasting effects on the symbolic structures of post-independence societies. However, there has not been just one colonialism but many: unlike postcolonial studies, which focus on the legacy of colonisation in India and the Middle East, decolonial studies, which emerged at the turn of the twenty-first century, are more interested in the geopolitics of power that emerged with the European colonisation of the Americas, Asia, the Great Ocean (Pacific basin) and Africa, and which was extended by capitalist domination.