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140121 VO VM1 / VM7 - Coloniality under De_Construction (2017S)

Decolonial Perspectives and Activisms

SGU

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max. 999 participants
Languages: Deutsch, Englisch

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

++++ this lecture series is organized by the collective decoloniz.ando and bagru.ie ++++

*** Block I: Introduction ***
09.03.2017: Colonality and Decolonisation: terms, concepts, debates: Claudia Brunner, Vienna
16.03.2017: Decolonizing (my/our) Queer/Body/Politics: an attempted introduction of feminist-decolonial epistemologies: Christine M. Klapeer, Bayreuth

*** Block II: decolonizing bodies ***
23.03.2017: bodies_sexualities and queer decolonial practices: Pêdra Costa, Vienna
30.03.2017: Anticolonial Fantasies – Decolonial Strategies: Imayna Caceres, Sunanda Mesquita and Sophie Utikal, Vienna
06.04.2017: bodies_sexualites and LGBT* activism in brazil: Leilane Assunção, PPGCS-UFRN, Natal (Brasil)

*** Block III: de_colonizing spaces ***
27.04.2017: The city walk as a collective method of unlearning: Carla Bobadilla, Vienna & Sebastian Knake / Mirjam Tutzer, Frankfurt
04.05.2017: Structures and mechanisms at the point of intersection between science and activism: Gabriela Kielhorn / Isabel Prado Jacob, Vienna

*** Block IV: decolonizing methods ***
11.05.2017: Talking Back. Strategies of decolonial historiography: Claudia Unterweger, Recherchegruppe zu Schwarzer österreichischer Geschichte, Vienna
18.05.2017: Decolonisation of Research: politically, ethically and socially linked – not embedded: Mechthild Exo, Berlin
01.06.2017: bodily decolonisation: Group COMPA, Berlin

*** Block V: critique of politico-economical conditions ***
08.06.2017: Post-Development and the Decolonisation of Development Policy. Daniel Bendix, Kassel
22.06.2017: Brexit: a Colonial Genealogy of the "White Working Class”: Robbie Shilliam, London

*** Closing ***
29.06.2017: Experiences of decolonisation in the Austrian context: MAIZ / das kollektiv, Linz (invited)

Thursday 09.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 16.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 23.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 30.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 06.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 27.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 04.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 11.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 18.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 01.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 08.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 22.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 29.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Throughout the lecture series we want to explore, through the participation of various speakers, activists, and collectives, to what extent (post-)colonial structures continue to be reproduced in the present day and how these can be reflected, changed and overcome from a decolonial, power-critical and intersectional perspective.

The term “coloniality” denotes a global structure, which, despite the waves of formal independence of former colonies, is still present today and is still shaping the dominant economic, political, and epistemic relations and depictions of the world. When we speak of and about coloniality, we are not referring to abstract theoretical concepts or imaginary “exotic” places. Colonial structures are still “under construction” and manifest as well as materialize themselves in various ways and manners, for example: in forms of everyday-racism, by which racialized people are daily affected; through the de-legitimisation of non-Western forms of knowledge and knowledge-organisation; in sexist and trans*phobic policies and in the international labour division, which was formed by European colonial expansion. Through colonialism, the opposition between the white, male, heterosexual subject (imagined as a confident, sovereign individual) and the colonised "Other" was violently codified in discourse and determines power relations and thinking patterns on a global scale. The dominant writing of history is shaped by this white, male, respectively Western point of view and represents a historiography about the “Others,” who have been made silent. This is in contrast to movements and struggles against coloniality, which were always active and continue to be fought today.

In this semester important terms and theories for the examination of coloniality and decolonial perspectives will be introduced. Space will also be opened up for current decolonial initiatives and activisms. With this lecture series, we hope to promote reflection on how we ourselves are positioned in a (post-)colonial world, which colonial continuities are being reproduced in Vienna, in Austria and within ourselves. Who, how and what can we un_learn, can be un_learnt?

The lecture series is divided into five thematic blocks. Following a theoretical and terminological introduction, the second block centres around the de_coloniality of bodies and sexualities. A third block engages with academic and urban spaces. Subsequently, decolonial methods relating to empirical research, political theatre, as well as Black Austrian History are introduced. The last block will address the (im)possibilities of decolonial approaches to political-economy. The final lecture will presumably centre around queer-feminist migrant activism and the critical appropriation of language in Austria. Furthermore, there will be room for open questions and a summary.

Assessment and permitted materials

Research diary with three entries (each with 2-3 pages) relating to three lectures of three different thematic blocks of the lecture series.

Additionally, decolonial interventions documented in written form or on video are also accepted as exam performances. More details will be provided in the course of the first lecture.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Submission of the research diary or of the documentation of the performed decolonial intervention.

Examination topics

The contents of the lecture series.

Reading list

Dussel, Enrique (2013): Der Gegendiskurs der Moderne. Kölner Vorlesungen. Wien - Berlin: Turia + Kant
Lugones, María (2010): Toward a Decolonial Feminism. In: Hypatia vol. 25, no. 4, 742 – 759.
Quijano, Aníbal (2000): Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism and Latin America. In: Nepantla: Views from the South (1) 3, 533-580.

Further texts will be available on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

VM1; VM7
MA-Neu: SAG.VO.1, MA-Alt: GA.VO.1, GA.VO.2
Modul AR-11: codiert für Moderne arabische Politik und Gesellschaft

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