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Nation-Building in the Age of Postcolonialism

Violence and Nonviolence: Nation-Building in the Age of Postcolonialism

This course will address the issue of non-violence in postcolonial nation-building through the lens of leaders and thinkers such as King, Helder Camara, Mandela and Kaunda, as well as reflections by Mbembe, Derrida and Fanon.

Our application deadline has passed, it is no longer possible to apply for this course. We will announce the courses in August 2023. Please leave your details to receive the announcement when we open registrations for VU Graduate Winter School 2024.

Aside from analysing classic and forgotten readings on (non)violence, the course will provide engaging group discussions as well as and expert guest lectures.

Course Overview

  • Course days: cancelled for January 2023
  • Attendance: online
  • Course level: Master's, PhD candidates, and professionals from all disciplines 
  • Course curriculum: read more about the course curriculum
  • Coordinating lecturer: Dr. Angela Roothaan
  • Forms of tuition: online lectures, seminars and self-study
  • Language of tuition: English
  • Forms of assessment: a review, a presentation and a final paper
  • Credits: 3 ECTS
  • Contact hours: 25 hours
  • Tuition fee: read more about our fees, discounts and scholarships 

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