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53777-01 - Seminar: Decolonial Aesthesis - Conversations with Walter Mignolo 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende James Lawrence Merron (james.merron@unibas.ch)
Lorena Rizzo (lorena.rizzo@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt In one of his programmatic texts Delinking. The rhetoric of modernity, the logic of coloniality and the grammar of de-coloniality (Cultural Studies, 21:2, 2007) Walter Mignolo explained some of the key ideas developed in a project that began at Duke University in the late 1990s. Critical to this work has been to highlight how modernity was naturalised as a universal global process, which conceals its inherent ‘darker side’, namely the constant reproduction of coloniality. Drawing on the writings of Franz Fanon, Mignolo and others postulate that in order to uncover the perverse logic underlying the philosophical conundrum of modernity/coloniality and the political and economic structure of imperialism/colonialism, one needs to consider how to decolonize the ‘mind’ and the ‘imaginary’ – that is, knowledge and being. Critical to this project of decolonisation is the idea of delinking: changing the terms of the conversation in order to contest, dislodge, and destabilise Western categories of thought – Christianity, Enlightenment, Reason, Liberalism, Democracy, Individualism, Progress, etc. Still assuming that the logics of modernity and coloniality globalised and universalised these categories, Mignolo has more recently embarked on an inquiry of the geopolitics of sensing, knowing and believing. Entitled Decolonial Aesthesis, this collective project has been based on collaboration between academics, artists, curators, and intellectuals, who developed a framework and space within which diverse creative forms and practices would help affirm the existence of multiple and transnational identities in contestation of global imperial tendencies to homogenize and to erase differences. Decoloniality, decolonial aesthetics and the liberation of sensing and sensibilities promote the re-creation of identities that were denied and silenced by the discourse of modernity and postmodernity, and celebrate inhabiting the margins as a position of aesthetic, political, and epistemological criticism.

Walter Mignolo will join us in May 2019 for several days in a block seminar. In preparation, we will read some of the key texts on coloniality, delinking, and decolonial aesthetics/aesthesis. We will likewise explore some of the artistic, cultural and political projects by artists, scholars and intellectuals, who have been involved in and contributed to the Decolonial Aesthesis collective. Based on these readings and aesthetic engagements, we will conceptualise and plan the block seminar with Mignolo together.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Block
Datum 20.05.2019 – 24.05.2019
Zeit Montag, 08.15-20.00 Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 20.05.2019 08.15-20.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Dienstag 21.05.2019 08.15-20.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Mittwoch 22.05.2019 08.15-20.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 23.05.2019 08.15-20.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Freitag 24.05.2019 08.15-20.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Module Doktorat Afrika-Studien: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach Afrika-Studien)
Modul: Archive / Medien / Theorien (Bachelor Studienfach Geschichte)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Methoden - Reflexion - Theorien: Historik - Historiographie (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2018))
Modul: Projects and Processes of Urbanization (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Reflexion, Methodik, Praxis (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Theorie (Master Studienfach Geschichte)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Zentrum für Afrikastudien