October 12 | 14.00
Auf Deutsch und Englisch
Under the keyword of decolonial criticism, our own colonial entanglement is currently being reflected in art, science and society. In this discourse, colonialism is not understood as a temporally and spatially distant phenomenon that came to an end with the historical decolonization of the mid-20th century, but rather as a fundamental structuring of modernity. Our world is permeated by a colonial matrix, a grammar that enables, for example, the police law of white settlers in the colony of Deutsch-Südwestafrika as well as the current police practice of racial profiling. Additionally, previously unsuspicious concepts, such as aesthetics and their instruments, such as white cubes and black boxes, appear strangely violent in the new light of decoloniality.
In the symposium, thinkers speak with the audience and with one another about central concepts and contexts for decolonial work in Germany in 2019. We begin with a clarification of terminology. The Zurich-based cultural anthropologist Rohit Jain will order some of the terms currently used in his work, including postcolonialism, (de)colonialism and diversity, addressing them in a European and global context. We continue with a core piece of decolonialism, namely the critique of philosophical universalism. The documenta professor Nora Sternfeld will, in contrast, talk about the history and possibilities of a universalism of the marginal. Last but not least, we will deal with the question of the colonialism of the others. The protest researcher Olga Reznikova will present insights into a non-Western Russian imperialism.
with Nora Sternfeld, Rohit Jain und Olga Reznikova MODERATION Julian Warner