Phillip Lottholz

Phillip Lottholz

Philipps-Universität Marburg

Philipp Lottholz (he/him) is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 138 “Dynamics of Security” and the Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany.  

His research focuses on political and social change in post-Socialist Central Asia and Eastern Europe, particularly on evolving practices of statebuilding, peacebuilding and community and public security. Methodologically, Philipp works with a cooperative approach that includes dialogical, activist and participatory practices and is inspired by feminist and decolonial debates. He has recently published his monograph titled Post-Liberal Statebuilding in Central Asia: Imaginaries, Discourses and Practices of Social Ordering with Bristol University Press. Further publications include the special issues “Decolonial Theory & Practice in Southeast Europe” (co-edited with Polina Manolova and Katarina Kušić for dVERSIA), “The Post-Imperial Politics of Security, Stability and Ordering in Central Asia” (co-edited with Thorsten Bonacker for Europe-Asia Studies) and articles in International Peacekeeping, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Central Asian Survey, and Qualitative Research.    

Talk Information:

Decolonial thought and action beyond settler colonialism? The case of community and migrant activism in Eurasian borderlands
January 27, 2023 | 9:00 AM

Eastern Europe and Eurasia have increasingly figured in the conversation around post- and decolonial thought and developed their own sub-strands therein. However, there are also reservations about the relevance of these contexts amid calls not to understand decolonization as a metaphor and to remain conscious of the settler colonial history of this idea. This seminar seeks to elaborate this problematic and to facilitate a conversation that helps to capture the place and meaning of Eastern Europe and Eurasia within decolonial thought. It starts off by conceptualising the respective implications of settler colonialism and other forms of economic, cultural, and epistemic colonialism and imperialism for a decolonial perspective. It then introduces participants to cooperative research projects from across Eurasia to discuss whether and how community and migrant activism can be situated within or vis-a-vis decoloniality. Thus, the research with urban marginal communities in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and Bulgarian and Turkish-origin migrants in West German (post-) industrial hubs will reveal how the conditions of these groups, but also their ways of resisting their subjugation and fighting for a better life, are entangled with both historical and present-day formations of imperial dominance, economic exploitation and geopolitical hegemony. 

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