Since the nineteenth century, knowledge, medicine, and science have sometimes been tools for domination, inextricably linked to Europe’s imperial expansion into the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Moreover, anti-colonial movements and theorists from the Global South have challenged colonialism, Orientalism, neoliberalism, and more. For subsequent theorists from Frantz Fanon to Angela Davis, decolonization has functioned as a form of theory and praxis for people who are critically examining the continuation of colonialism through capitalism, imperialism, and uneven power dynamics.
As calls for decolonizing science become more prominent, this podcast probes the decolonial approach as a reflective method within history, science, and the arts. The overall aim of this project is to unravel the history of the term decolonial, how it has been used, and the ways that historians, scientists, artists and other practitioners have incorporated decolonial theory into their work. More broadly, we seek to explore the conditions of possibility for decolonizing knowledge, medicine, and science in their various formations.