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Dr. Alina Sajed

Congratulations to Dr. Alina Sajed on being awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Dr. Sajed is awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project ‘Third Worldism re-visited: anti-colonial connectivity and the politics of national liberation.’

Sep 18, 2018

Third Worldism re-visited: anti-colonial connectivity and the politics of national liberation

While attention has been given to various Western political ideologies in International Relations, there has been virtually no systematic investigation of Third Worldism, the political ideology that emerged during the 1950s-1960s decolonization struggles and which remained prevalent in the non-Western world for two decades after. This ideology had a major impact on Western leftist intellectuals and movements, prompting vivid debates about colonialism, decolonization, the promised political alternatives offered by (then) ongoing decolonization projects, and the failures of leftist politics in the West. France, and Paris in particular, was arguably the most significant stage in the West where this debate unfolded. Given France’s central role in this debate, the project takes Algeria as a privileged locus of investigation, thus zooming into a specific context of Third Worldism, the Algerian War (1954-1962) and the decade after. As a number of scholars remarked, Algeria took a leading role in both conceptualizing but also translating into praxis a number of political, social and economic ideas generally associated with Third Worldism. So the focus of this project will fall on Algeria precisely because during decolonization it became a transnational nexus that linked together revolutionary leaders, radical groups, and radical ideas from three different continents. The project thus seeks to understand both the missed opportunities of anti-colonial struggles, but also the complex global context of decolonization in which postcolonial societies acquired their independence.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects, of up to two years, proposed by individuals or teams.