Fletcher Decolonizing International Relations Conference 2020 Decolonization(s): From the Ground Up
Given The Fletcher School’s need to remain remote for the Fall semester, the DIR 2020 conference will commensurately take place entirely virtually. This will be a major opportunity to open DIR 2020 up to people beyond Fletcher - both in terms of attendees and panelists - and to make the conference as accessible as possible.
November 6: 10:00am-5:00pm
November 7: 10:00am-6:15pm
The Decolonizing International Relations (DIR) Conference has been a staple of The Fletcher School’s fall semester programming since 2018. DIR was created with the goal of interrogating the colonial-era origins of modern international relations as a discipline and practice; in doing so, the conference would help The Fletcher School confront the past of IR - and its own legacy - honestly.
The theme of DIR 2020 is Decolonization(s): From the Ground-Up. This theme was conceptualized against the growth of international relations as a discipline over the years. It is seen that the discourse around international relations has, by and large, been framed from the lens of the Global North. The expectation has been that modernization and development in the South will follow the framework established by the developed world, without space for incorporating their cultures and norms. We hope that this conference will bring to the fore ideas and scholarship around an approach that is far more participatory and equitable, across race, culture, genders, and sexualities. Thus, our theme speaks to two things - first, exploring the roots of the decolonization movement and its journey over the past few decades, and second, tackling the question of how the decolonization movement can be directed towards representing marginalized voices in an impactful manner.
Your generous contribution will allow us to create collaborative and interactive workshops, provide quality logistical services, and will help make this event a success.
Tufts University is located on colonized Wôpanâak (Wampanoag) and Massachusett Tribe traditional territory.
The Decolonizing International Relations Conference Team at The Fletcher School encourages all institutional and student organizations at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and our peer institutions elsewhere to normalize and demand land acknowledgment practices.
Sign the petition here to stand in solidarity with the Mashpee Wampanoag people: https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/stand-with-the-mashpee