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Formations of Modernity/Coloniality, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Hizer Mir
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Unit 1: Introduction - Westernese, Modernity, Coloniality

Mignolo, W. 2011. The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options. London: Duke University Press (Introduction).*  

Available online through Leeds University Library:


Unit 2: Why Europe

Marx and Engels: manifesto of the Communist party chap 1  

Weber, M. The Protestant Ethic, chap 5  


Unit 3: Before 1492

Chapter 3 ‘Medieval Landscapes’ From James Blaut (1993) The Colonizers’ Model of the World OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (LW 05/10/2021) . 


Unit 4: 1492 and after

‘Transmodernity, border thinking, and global coloniality Decolonizing political economy and postcolonial studies’ Ramón Grosfoguel 

 ‘After 1492’ James Blaut (1993) The colonizer’s Model of the World OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (LW 05/10/2021)  



Bhambra, Gurminder (2007) ‘From Modernisation to Multiple Modernities: Eurocentrism Redux’ (Chapter 3) in Rethinking Modernity:  Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination. Palgrave Macmillan. This book is available online at the library. A scanned online version of this chapter is also available on Minerva.  

Eisenstadt, S N. (2000) ‘Multiple Modernities’ Daedalus; Vol. 129, Iss. 1,  (Winter): 1-29. Available online via library.  



Said, Edward (1978) ‘The Latest Phase’ in Orientalism, London: Routledge (This is section 4 of chapter 3).  

Sensoy, Ozge (2016) ‘Angry Muslim Man: Neo-orientalism and the Pop Culture Curriculum’ in Critical Education. Vol: 7 (16). This is available online.  


Unit 7: Case Study: Religion and Secularism

Hall, S. 1992. Formations of Modernity (Chapter 6)


UNIT 8: Modernity and Violence 1: Enlightenment and Catastrophe

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (General Assembly Resolution 260 III). 9th December, 1948. Available online at  

Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Available online at  

Bauman, Zygmunt. 1995. Chapter 7.3: ‘A Century of Camps?’ In Life in Fragments. Oxford: Blackwell, 192-206. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   


Unit 9: Modernity and Violence 2: Colonialism, Decolonisation and Violence

Fanon, Frantz. 1963. ‘Chapter 1: Concerning Violence’. In The Wretched of the Earth


 Unit 10: Can Non-Europeans Think?

Dabashi, H, 2015. Can Non-Europeans Think? London, Zed Books (Introduction: Can Europeans Read?)  


For Further REadings please consult the relevent sections on Minerva.




This list was last updated on 20/09/2021