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What does it mean? Exploring terms and methodologies

“Decolonialization” is a widespread term that is used in a variety of contexts. The aim of this page is to present a number of resources that provide background information on what is meant by decolonization in the context of research and academic exchange, as well as related concepts such as postcolonialism.

During the conference on May 5th we asked the participants what they associate with the term decolonizing. Their associations are synthesized in the following word cloud.

Associations with Decolonizing
Associations with DecolonizingImage: KFPE Conference 2023

List of Publications on Decolonizing Research Partnerships

Have we missed an important, informative resource? Please send it to us for publication on this webseite:


Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE)
House of Academies
PO Box
3001 Bern

An Introduction

Decolonizing (N-S/Swiss) Research Collaboration: Efforts, Challenges, and Effects

More in Detail

The two videos below were produced within the project Postcolonial Hierarchies in Peace & Conflict, a collaborative network of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI) Freiburg, the Center for Conflict Studies at the Philipps University Marburg, the University of Bayreuth & the University of Erfurt.

Confronting hierarchies through research and practice: in dialogue with Prof. Emery Mudinga
On Coloniality, Hierarchies, Feminism, Empires & Peace: In dialogue with Prof. Madina Tlostanova

More videos:

SRF | Sternstunde Philosophie | Wie der Kolonialismus die Welt bis heute prägt
Decolonising Methods and Methodologies - Dr Linda Tuhiwai Smith