3rd Intercultural Interdisciplinary Colloquium
From 12 to 14 December 2012, polylog is organising its 3rd Intercultural Interdisciplinary Colloquium, in cooperation with the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin and the Forum Scientiarum at the University of Tübingen. The topic of the colloquium is:
Comparing Postcolonial Experiences and Critiques Across Regions
Over the last two decades or so, theoretical discussions of postcolonial experiences in diverse parts of the world have developed and grown into veritable discursive subfields according to different regional clusters and patterns of connections that in part can be mapped out in terms of transregional networks, links or affiliations that have grown out of shared histories, or periods of shared experiences, or the like. Some regions of what is called the ›Global South‹ have been far more influential or featured more prominently in terms of visible (or internationally acknowledged) theory-building while corresponding debates in other regions have either not been taken on board or developed differently. Some thinkers have followed a tendency to generalise about ›postcolonialim(s)‹ while others have taken care in tracking and tracing specific social and historical experiences empirically before building regionally specific or transregional analytic models on such grounds.
The idea of our Colloquium is to get specialists of, and participants in, these different regional and/or transregionally linked debates into a fruitful exchange, in interdisciplinary and intercultural discussions that look closely at social experiences in different contexts, and that draw creatively from philosophy, anthropology, history, and postcolonial theory, among others, in order to discuss them. An important common interest will be the link between experience and theory (and theorising), and the ways in which localities, places, languages and social settings underpin or influence thinking and debates, within wider frameworks and parameters that are shaped, and partly recast and reflected, by power relationships, both within the different regions as well as between them.
The programme of the colloquium can be downloaded here: Programme
English and German (there will be no translations)
25 minutes (plus 25 minutes each for discussion)
Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin (Germany)
20 September 2012: Deadline for abstract submissions
30 September 2012: Notification of acceptance
12–14 December 2012: Colloquium in Berlin
(starting the 12th at noon and ending the 14th about noon)
Participants can book accommodation in the Robert-Tillmanns-Haus (5 minute walk from ZMO; approx. 20 EUR per person per night).
Kai Kresse (Berlin) and Niels Weidtmann (Tübingen)
Dr. Kai Kresse
Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)
Tel.: +49 (0)30 80307-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 80307-210