Summer School 24th of June – 9th of July 2013
University College Roosevelt (Middleburg, The Netherlands)
Walter Mignolo (Duke University) & Rolando Vazquez (UCR)
Maria Lugones (Argentina/US; State University of New York)
Jean Casimir (Haiti; State University of Haiti)
Patrice Naiambana (Sierra Leone; Tribal Soul)
Fabian Barba (Ecuador; Busy Rocks)
Alanna Lockward (Dominican Republic/ Germany; Art Labour Archives)
Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (Rumania; IDEA Magazine)
THE DECOLONIAL SUMMER SCHOOL MIDDELBURG, 24 JUNE – 09 JULY, 2013
Register at the: Utrecht Summer School Website http://utrechtsummerschool.nl/
The construction of democratic and equitable futures requires us to understand the ways in which unjustness is being perpetuated. Modernity/coloniality has been, and continues to be, a system of believing and sensing that exercises (un)justice in the name of salvation. Decolonial justice proceeds by recognizing the colonial wound and opening paths of healing. Slavery remains the most telling process in the formation of Western civilization and the modern/colonial world. From the XVI to early XIX centuries, the Atlantic was the scenario where human beings were traded as commodities. While Atlantic slavery was abolished through the nineteenth century, its legacy remains alive and well today. Slavery is a historical reality upon which Western modernity built its economic foundations at the same time that it managed to “normalize” the dispensability of human lives. This seminar explores the historical singularities of racism as the justification of Atlantic slavery and, conceptually, it explore how racism and patriarchy continue to justify the commodification of human lives. We will conduct this exploration through history, theory, art, religion, gender and racism.
The 4th edition of the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School focuses on “Slavery: The Past and Present of Social (Un) Justice”. It is designed to investigate the logic and presupposition of Global Un-justice in the modern/colonial world, from 1500 to 2000. The seminar takes place in Middelburg, a key city in the formation of Western power and a center of Dutch slave trade and it is set against the backdrop of the 150 anniversary of the abolition of slavery in The Netherlands.
We will pay special attention to emerging projects, parallel to the decoloniality option, who are working toward overcoming the legacies of the Colonial difference and more generally the South-North divide. If un-justices operate at all levels of the socio-economic and cultural spectrum, from economy to politics, from religion to aesthetics, from gender and sexuality to ethnicity and racism, and above all, in the control of knowledge, the decolonial task, that of overcoming coloniality requires the participation of many people in many areas of knowing and doing. Activists, artists, scholars, journalists will, among others, contribute to the goals of the 4th edition of the Decolonial Summer School in Middleburg.
A registration form is available at the Utrecht Summer School Website Deadline 15th of May.
In cooperation with:The Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University
Here are some VIDEOS that our alumni Rod Sachs made in 2011th edition:
Decolonial Thank You http://vimeo.com/36484325
Decolonial Voice Lending – Interview with Dr. Walter Mignolo http://vimeo.com/35820205
About the faculty:
Walter Mignolo: waltermignolo.com/
Jean Casimir: globalstudies.trinity.duke.edu/wko-v2d3
Maria Lugones: www2.binghamton.edu/comparative-literature/faculty/lugones-m.html
Fabian Barba: www.caravanproduction.be/?page=artists&aid=91
Alanna Lockward: artlabourarchives.wordpress.com
Patrice Naiambana: www.tribalsoularts.com
Ovidiu Tichindeleanu: idea.ro/revista
Rolando Vázquez: www.ucr.nl/about-ucr/Faculty-and-Staff/Social-Science/