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Analyzing European Foreign Policy in a Post-Western World: Operationalizing the Decentring Agenda

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Stephan Keukeleire, University of Leuven, Belgium

Institute of European Studies


Building on Chakrabarty’s “Provincializing Europe” (2000) and Fisher Onar and Nicolaïdis’ “Decentring Agenda” (2013), Stephan Keukeleire presents an analytical framework to operationalize the decentring agenda and support scholars in analysing European foreign policy in an increasingly non-European and post-Western World. The framework consists of six partially overlapping decentring categories (spatial, temporal, normative, polity, linguistic, and disciplinary decentring), which are developed along the three dimensions proposed by Fisher Onar and Nicoloaïdis: ‘provincializing’ (questioning Eurocentric perspectives), ‘engagement’ (learning from others’ perspectives) and ‘reconstruction’ (renewing the analytical praxis on the basis of mutuality).  The framework can also be relevant from a policy perspective, as it can contribute to a better understanding of what High Representative Federica Mogherini labelled as the increasingly ‘complex, connected and contested world’ in which the EU has to operate (Global Strategy, 2016).


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