May - Jun 18 Events

Decolonization: A New Paradigm for the Theory of Global Justice


31/05/2018 - 1/06/2018


9:30AM - 6:00PM


Newark Room, Queen's University Belfast

International Workshop

Aims of the Workshop

This conference is motivated by the following thought: that much of the presumptively progressive, and undoubtedly well-meaning, contemporary academic work on global justice is characterised by a crippling failure to make the critical connections between theory and practice that are required if such work is to contribute to the struggle for human freedom.  In this research agenda it will be explored with a view to replacing the abstract, disengaged analyses that have dominated academic debates on global justice within political theory, with a vibrant, critically engaged set of interdisciplinary inquiries that dig under the surface of contemporary social and global orders to expose the pervasiveness of (neo-)colonialism. We want to imagine an alternative, truly decolonized world in which freedom for all can best be realised.


Thursday, 31 May 2018
2.00pm - 2.45pm Refreshments & Welcome
2.45pm - 4.15pm Shane O’Neill – ‘Global Justice as Decolonization’ (Keele University, England / Queen’s University Belfast)
4.15pm - 4.30pm Coffee / Tea
4.30pm - 6.00pm Catherine Lu – ‘Decolonizing Borders, Self-Determination, and Global Justice’ (McGill University, Canada)
6.15pm Reception in Common Room – Mitchell Institute
7.30pm Conference Dinner @ Barking Dog Restaurant (invited guests only)


Friday, 1 June 2018
9.30am – 11.00am Franziska Duebgen – ‘Paradoxes of Justice. Normativity in a Postcolonial World’(University of Koblenz, Germany)
11.00am – 11.20am Coffee / Tea
11.20am – 12.50pm Gary Wilder – Title TBC (City University of New York, USA)
12.50pm – 1.50pm Lunch
1.50pm – 3.20pm Nicholas Smith -  ‘Global Injustice and Basic Income’ (Macquarie University, Australia / Keele University, England)
3.30pm – 4.00pm Concluding Discussion


RSVP: Dr Fabian Schuppert - or Suzanne Whitten (