NACHLEBEN – Towards a new postcolonial ecology (Lorenzo Pezzani)

NACHLEBEN – Towards a new postcolonial ecology (Lorenzo Pezzani)

In the same way as in the biological sciences the concept of ecosystem does not describe an order in perfect equilibrium but rather a provisional arrangement continuously challenged by multiple events, likewise the ecology of thing, persons and ideas that I have tried to outline is subject to several and sometimes conflicting forces constantly reshaping and reshuffling on the ground. As I have tried to demonstrate, their histories are certainly not dictated by a well established and carefully managed political project, neither they are the expression of an homogeneous and coherent tendency. The ways in which these elements are thought, interpreted, or even in which they move and act resist normative views and helps us thus to develop a “way of thinking that”, as another important post-colonial thinker has noted, “because universally marginal and fragmentary, is not ethnocidal” (Mignolo, 2001). The geographical locations from which and to which these objects come and go should be looked at “as a crossing instead of as a grounding, […] as a difference that cannot be told, and not
as an ‘area’ to be studied” (Mignolo, 2001). This epistemological shift is possible only with a process of double critique: on one side, their internal diversity can be rendered just giving account of its social and cultural plurality, moving along the fragmented histories that compose it; on the other hand, its “exteriority”, “the exteriority from which it was constituted as an area” (Mignolo, 2001), should be deprived of imperial discourses and grasped in its historical complexity.


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