Bandung Humanisms

Social Difference

Bandung Humanisms is an interdisciplinary research project examining the workings of Bandung Humanisms, the progressive political, social, and cultural movement among nations of the Global South that refused to ally with either major power bloc during the Cold War.  The working group, a collaboration between scholars at Columbia University and the University of California, Los Angeles uncovers the post-colonial developing world’s espousal of a radical brand of humanism and self-determination that gave rise to the Non-Aligned Movement of non-aggressor states. The working group traces the institutions, associations, writings, and artworks identified with the Bandung Humanisms movement, connecting them to current global struggles for social justice.

The diverse group of scholars includes Stathis Gourgouris, Professor, Classics, Columbia University; Aamir Mufti, Professor, Comparative Literature, UCLA; and Lydia LiuDirector, Institute of Comparative Literature & Society and Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, Department of East Asian Languages, Columbia University.