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Taariq is a PhD candidate within the NWO funded project 'What went into the melting pot? Land-use, agriculture, and craft production as indicators for the contributions of Greek migrants and local inhabitants to the so-called Greek colonization in Italy (ca. 800-550 BC),' investigating the political ecology of Aegean migration. 


My PhD research utilises palaeoenvironmental and archaeological archives to investigate the political ecology of Greek colonisation/Aegean migration in Southern Italy and Sicily, centralising the intersecting roles of gender and status/class, land/property, and labour exploitation to question the colonial and capitalist underpinnings of traditional narratives of ancient Greek civilisation. 

My other research delves deeper into the imbrication of institutions of knowledge production within racial capitalist and colonial systems. I embrace Black Radical, decolonial, and abolitionist frameworks to interrogate the active roles of research methodologies and institutions in inhibiting meaningful and material decolonisation, and explore the ways in which affirmative refusal and an imagination towards the end of these institutions open pathways towards liberation. 

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