Institute for Social Justice

Theory and Action Beyond the Eurocentric Frame

What can we learn by engaging the multiplicity of voices, movements, and traditions occluded from the Western canon of social and political thought?

How do such perspectives help us productively imagine alternatives to dominant forms of knowledge and action in many different contexts?

Naser Ghobadzadeh inquires into the intersection of Islamic theology and politics in the context of growing attention to fundamentalist thought and practices in order to uncover alternative readings of Islam that embrace dialogue with its various ‘others’.  Kiran Grewal rethinks human rights through her research with activist collectives in Sri Lanka. Lia Haro problematizes dominant practices of international development in Africa and Latin America through collaborative research with grassroots communities that are targeted by such interventions.  Emilian Kavalski turns to East Asian notions and practices of relationality to move beyond canonical International Relations theory toward a theory that gains meaning and significance within complex webs of entanglements and encounters with others. Allison Weir explores indigenous and Islamic feminist philosophies in an effort to develop a post-western relational theory of freedom that can sustain practices of decolonization. Linda Martín Alcoff reconsiders race theory and the locatedness of social identities in order to decolonize epistemology and to facilitate the inclusion of perspectives and voices that have been excluded from mainstream philosophical theories of knowledge and from the production of empistemically credible knowledge. Rajeev Bhargava  challenges the model of Western modernity by disclosing the diverse modes of secularism and multiculturalism imagined and practiced in India. Drawing on Gandhi and romanticism, Akeel Bilgrami exposes the incompleteness of liberal democratic ideals and outlines the possibilities for alternative forms of re-enchantment that might make for a genuinely substantial notion of democracy. Jeanne Morefield questions the professed commitment of liberal theory to universal equality by uncovering its investment in imperialism and diverse forms of hierarchy.