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Imagining Independence - Greenland's Postcolonial Politics of Comparison

Imagining Independence - Greenland's Postcolonial Politics of Comparison

Through a close reading of current and historical texts on core developmental sectors, IMAGINE PoCo shows how application, rejection and forgetting of categories for comparison closes off some futures, making others selfevident.

Project description

Tiny population. Huge territory. Extreme conditions. It is far from obvious where to find inspiration when Greenland aims for independence. Hence, a wide variety of im- and explicit comparisons in political debate, public policy, and scholarly analysis shape how Greenland imagines independence.

This project shows how application, rejection and forgetting of categories for comparison closes off some futures, making others self-evident. Understanding more fully the paradoxes of comparing oneself variously to, i.a., indigenous peoples, to Nordic welfare states, and to small island development states will be a great chance for Greenland to rethink basic assumptions about where its society is heading.

For other stakeholders - NGOs, companies, and governments from Copenhagen via Reykjavik and Washington to Beijing - getting a better picture of what is important in Greenlandic politics will be valuable, when we all try to manouever the new Arctic that emerges from under the melting ice. If we get it right, and show how the politics of comparison work in the extreme Greenlandic case, chances are that we will open a new research agenda across disciplines on how the politics of comparison shape nation building in decolonization and similar periods of fundamental rethinking of identities.
 

Project manager

Ulrik Pram Gad, Associate Professor 
Department of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University
Mail: gad@hum.aau.dk


Facts

  • Funded by: Independent Research Fund
  • Grant size: DKK 6.168.418 
  • Project period: 2021-2024
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