Professor Iain Chambers’s talk will seek to use the centrality of the question of migration to the making of modernity, along with the fluid archives proposed and sustained in the Mediterranean, to open up a critical discussion on the colonial constitution of the present. It will then seek to suggest how such entangled and subaltern histories disturb and displace the coloniality of existing methods in the social and human sciences.

Iain Chambers teaches cultural and postcolonial studies of the Mediterranean at the University of Naples, “Orientale”. Among his recent publications areMediterranean Crossings. The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity (2008), Mediterraneo Blues. Musiche, malinconia postcoloniale, pensieri marittimi (2012),Postcolonial Interruptions, Unauthorised Modernities (2017) Location, borders and beyond. Thinking with postcolonial art (2018), and La questione postcoloniale (with Marta Cariello, 2019). Further information is available here: