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See also Wikipedia's article about "Postcolonialism".

Postcolonialism is a pervasive concept in Columbia academics, and runs deep in many humanities professors' work here. It includes, basically, theories, concepts, ideas, and practices that can be said to expose or undermine hierarchies of power that existed during, or persist from, the period of European and Western colonialism.

Important developments in this field made by Columbia professors include Edward Said's concept of Orientalism, considered the origin of postcolonial theory, and Gayatri Spivak's contributions to the notion of the subaltern.

Many other Columbia professors work in the postcolonial milieu, and are known as "postcolonialists".