The Decolonial Europe Day is a new initiative that uses the occasion of ‘Europe Day’ (9 May every year) to bring together existing decolonising initiatives, civil society organisations and other actors around the common project of decolonising Europe, understood as an ongoing process.
Our intention is to create a space for exchange on how to decolonise Europe, to amplify decolonial voices and praxis in and on Europe, to support the creation of synergies and to make this type of conversation more mainstream in Europe. Ultimately, the purpose is the dismantling of colonial power structures. The first edition of the Decolonial Europe Day will take place in online format on 9 May 2023 (9:30-18:00 South/Central African & Central European Summer Time).
The online event on 9 May will include nine sessions on the topics of decolonisation, anti-racism, justice, reparations, identity and much more, offered by our partner organisations, as well as plenary sessions with moderator Samie Blasingame and professor Gurminder K Bhambra. As a starting point for conversations during the event, we will publish a booklet with contributions by partner organisations addressing the question “what does it mean to decolonise Europe?” Stay tuned for this booklet to come out around 3 May.
Want to check the full programme and find out more about this new initiative? Check our website www.decolonial.eu and do not hesitate to share your feedback and ideas by writing to hello[at]decolonial.eu. We hope many of you will join us for the online event: you can register through this link.
Maarten de Groot
Decolonial Europe Day
Note Sandew Hira
The DIN Foundation fully supports this initiative.