Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM
Building: Woldenberg Art Center, Stone Auditorium
Location: uptown campus
Decolonization has typically being conceived as eminently cultural and political, but there have also been a number of efforts aiming to articulate it as a form of theory and as an epistemology. Understood in that way, decolonization resists becoming a topic for 20th century area studies, political sciences, literature, or anthropology, and rather becomes a theoretical ground from which those different fields could be rethought. Questions to be considered in this reflection include: What is to be considered as knowledge and how is this knowledge produced when decolonization is understood as theory? What are the main elements of this theory, if there is such, and what are their implications for our usual ways of understanding what we take to be knowledge and science? Are we to conceive regions such as the Americas, or areas, such as Latin America, in the same way as before? These and related questions open up a decolonial field of enquiry that we are still barely beginning in the 21st century.
Keynote Speaker Nelson Maldonado-Torres is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies with a joint appointment in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. He is also President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association and board member of the Frantz Fanon Foundation. He is the author of Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (Duke UP, 2008), La descolonización y el giro descolonial (Chiapas, Mexico: Editorial de la Universidad de la Tierra, 2011), and he is working on a manuscript entitled Fanonian Meditations. He is also guest editor of special issues in the web journals Worlds and Knowledges, Otherwise, and Transmodernity, and has published essays in the C.L.R. James Journal, Cultural Studies, and the Radical Philosophy Review, among other journals.
January 17th: 6:30 PM Stone Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center
Followed by a reception in Dixon Hall
Sponsored by: Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Attendance: Open to the public
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Graduate students, Parents, Prospective undergrads, Staff, Undergraduates, Visitors
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