1 July 2015: CONMEMORATION OF THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY 1863-2015
The legacies of enslavement and the urgent questions of our time Jean Casimir and Walter Mignolo
Filmzaal Provincie Zeeland Provincie Zeeland Abdijplein 8 4331 BK Middelburg
10 July 2015: DECOLONIZING THE UNIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM
Decolonial Summer School University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, The Netherlands
Organized by: Patricia Schor, Olivier Kramsch, Daniel Mandur Thomaz, and Rolando Vázquez
This day-long symposium is meant to enable reflection on the mechanisms of coloniality inscribed in the university. Through feminist, aesthetic and political practices we seek to open alternatives paths towards a decolonial way of living the university. The event is part of a broader, intellectual and political project that crosses the boundaries of academic scholarship, institution building and activism. The event aims to provide a space of exchange based on analytical diagnosis and personal experience. Speakers will be invited to address critical questions related to their scholarly as well as activist positionalities. The discussions that will follow each panel will be geared towards the pursuit of strategies of awareness, resistance and change.
11:00-11:15 Opening: Patricia Schor and Rolando Vázquez
11:15.-12.45 Panel 1: Coloniality & the university
Panelists: Walter Mignolo, Virginie Mamadouh, Soraya Brower, and Dustin Gordon Moderator: Rolando Vázquez
12.45-14:15 Lunch break
14:15-15.45 Panel 2: The political role of the decolonial university
Panelists: Noa Ha, Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, Heli Guido, and student Decolonial Summer School Moderator: Daniel Mandur Thomaz
15:45-17.15 Panel 3: The role of the decolonial public intellectual
Panelists: Arzu Merali, Egbert Alejandro Martina, Patricia Schor, and Kolar Aparna Moderator: Olivier Kramsch
17.30-18.00 Closing session: Building intersectional decolonial alliances — Olivier Kramsch and Daniel Mandur Thomaz
Each speaker will give a 10-minute introduction to the topic of the panel. We aim for a personal intervention rather than a detached conference like speech. The idea is to learn from the insights you achieved through your fruitful scholarly and /or activist experience.
After all panellists speak, we will have a 45-minute discussion with the panel members and the audience.