Postcolonial Encounters in International Relations
The Politics of Transgression in the Maghreb
By Alina Sajed
To Be Published May 22nd 2013 by Routledge – 256 pages
Postcolonial Encounters in International Relations examines the social and cultural aspects of the political violence that underpinned the French colonial project in the Maghreb, and the multi-layered postcolonial realities that ensued.
This book explores the reality of the lives of North African migrants in postcolonial France, with a particular focus on their access to political entitlements such as citizenship and rights. This reality is complicated even further by complex practices of memory undertaken by Franco-Maghrebian intellectuals, who negotiate, in their writings, between the violent memory of the French colonial project in the Maghreb, and the contemporary conundrums of postcolonial migration.
The book pursues thus the politics of (post)colonial memory by tracing its representations in literary, political, and visual narratives belonging to various Franco-Maghrebian intellectuals, who see themselves as living and writing between France and the Maghreb. By adopting a postcolonial perspective, a perspective quite marginal in International Relations, the book investigates a different international relations, which emerges via narratives of migration. A postcolonial standpoint is instrumental in understanding the relations between class, gender, and race, which interrogate and reflect more generally on the shared (post)colonial violence between North Africa and France, and on the politics of mediating violence through complex practices of memory.
1.‘IR and the world: the politics of encounters’ 2.‘The Post Always Rings Twice? The Algerian War, Post-Structuralism and the Postcolonial in IR theory’3. ‘Exilé and immigré: the politics of exile and diaspora in the Franco-Maghrebian borderland ‘4. ‘Where have all the natives gone? Spectral Presences and Authenticity in Photographic and Literary Narratives’5. ‘The Franco-Maghrebian Borderland as Cinematic Space: Memory, Trauma, and Authenticity’6. ‘Fanon, Camus and colonial difference: possibilities and limits for decolonial thought and action’ 7. ‘Postcolonial strangers in a cosmopolitan world: postcolonial hybridity and beyond’8. ‘Diasporic identifications, translocal webs, and international relations’ Conclusion. Transgressing International Relations.