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Panel: Self-Determination and Worldmaking

March 3rd, 2023

Note: Event info is on the Cornell Calendar website.

This panel brings together scholars of political theory, history, and anthropology to examine how different political actors and groups proposed visions of "worldmaking" in the colonial and imperial contexts of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and beyond. These visions went beyond the nation-state form and offered alternative modes of sovereignty, self-determination, and social and political worlds.

In giving serious consideration to these visions, the work of the scholars on this panel highlights the limitations of interpretations that present independence and decolonization processes as straightforward transitions from colony to nation and, in doing so, makes the case that just as another world was possible, another world can be possible.

Hosted by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies as part of its work on Inequalities, Identities, and Justice.


Adom Getachew (University of Chicago)Gary Wilder (CUNY Graduate Center)Ernesto Bassi Arevalo (History, A&S)Moderator

Beg├╝m Adalet (Government, A&S)