Can the post-Soviet think? On coloniality of knowledge, external imperial and double colonial difference

  • Madina Tlostanova Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

Abstract

The article considers the main challenges faced by the post-Soviet social sciences in the global configuration of knowledge, marked by  omnipresentcoloniality. In disciplinary terms this syndrome is manifested in the social sciences/ versus area studies divide from which the post-Soviet is either excluded or equalized with postcolonial discourses. The situation can be described as a general invisibility of the post-Soviet space and its social sciences and scientists for the rest of the world and the refusal of the global North to accept the post-Soviet scholar in the capacity of a rational subject. The reasons for this complex intersection of the post-Soviet, postcolonial and other post-dependence factors are both internal and external, political and epistemic. Following the methodological principles of decolonial option the author analyses such specific elements of the post-Soviet stagnant configuration in knowledge production as the external imperial difference and the double colonial difference, the geo-politics and body-politics of knowledge the way they are reflected in the knowledge production and distribution, paying specific attention to the possible ways out of this epistemic dead-end.

Author Biography

Madina Tlostanova, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

P.D., Full Professor, Department of Philosophy, Institute of Social Sciences, RANEPA. 

Research interests: decolonial options, postcolonial theory, contemporary activist art, critical social theory, post-Soviet culture and imaginary. 

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Published
2015-06-22
How to Cite
TLOSTANOVA, Madina. Can the post-Soviet think? On coloniality of knowledge, external imperial and double colonial difference. Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, june 2015. ISSN 2416-089X. Available at: <http://intersections.tk.mta.hu/index.php/intersections/article/view/38>. Date accessed: 17 oct. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.17356/ieejsp.v1i2.38.