Voices from the South: Decoloniality and Postcolonial dialogues

When and Where

Thursday, October 12, 2023 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Room 319
Isabel Bader Theatre, 3rd Floor


Barbara Simões Daibert


Voices from the South: Decoloniality and Postcolonial dialogues

Although some critical effort has been made  during the last ten years to approach Decoloniality and Postcolonial Studies, especially after the publication of Mignolo’s Local Histories/Global Designs , most of the criticism of Postcolonialism still struggles with Decoloniality and its specificities and vice-versa. In this lecture we are going to investigate some of the reasons why these struggles generate ruptures. We will also try to point out the importance of a path for constructive and continuous dialogue between the two fields and South-South dialogue, since we consider Postcolonial Studies and Decoloniality, as Mignolo comments, “complementary trajectories with different paths”.

Professor Bárbara Simões Daibert is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Centre of Comparative Literatures at University of Toronto. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literatures at the Federal University of Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her areas of research include Decolonial and Postcolonial Studies, Global South and Diasporic Studies,  Black-Canadian  and Afro-American Literatures, Angolan and African Literatures, Latinx Literature, Indigenous and Cultural Studies. She is the author of three novels, Firmina (2019), Guinevere (2022) and Rosa do Brasil (2023, to be released), a collection of books for children (Travessuras, 2016) and her most recent research book is ‘Ghosts of Slavery: Memories of Trauma in novels from Brazil, Angola and USA’, published in Brazil in 2022.