Subverting the State:
The Postcolonial Predicament
22 May 2015
University of Kent, Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
Priya Gopal (University of Cambridge)
Since the birth of nation-states, emerging in conjunction with the first wave of globalisation and the height of European colonialism in the mid-nineteenth century, avant-gardists have problematized the role of the nation-state. However, as anti-colonial freedom movements often assumed a nationalist character, postcolonial studies has been preoccupied with understanding the historical significance and emotional force of the nation-state and devoted less attention to the movements and ideas that sought to subvert the state altogether.