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Rarely used twenty years ago, the term 'globalization' has proliferated in the last decades in both popular and scholarly arenas to describe the increasing flows of capital and commodities, migrants and ideas across national borders. Postcolonialism denotes the world conditions after the end of the European colonial empires. More importantly it refers to the critical analysis of the political and cultural legacy of colonialism, as well as the intellectual effort to deconstruct its underlying assumptions. This seminar will essentially consist in discussions of the readings. Its objective is to familiarize the students with some classical works that have contributed to define the field, as well as recent researches that have expanded the debate to contemporary issues such as development, humanitarian aid, transnationalism, conflicts, or environment. Some theorists who have criticized the dominant narrative of the world history will also be discussed in the class.