debate 3: pluralising practices, part III

What kind of knowledge do we have to define in order to initiate a decolonial university? In her contribution to the “Pluralising Practices” debate, Katrin Köppert takes this question as a starting point to discuss the project “DE_colonize Uni_VERSITY”.


debate 3: pluralising practices, part II

After the interrogation of pluralising activist and artistic practices, Hongwei Bao cautions against an uncritical celebration of pluralising practices without taking into consideration its neoliberal conditions for both academics and cultural workers in his contribution to the second instalment of the “pluralising practices” debate.

Workshop “Pluralising Practices”: Linz, June 1st-3rd 2016

We’re happy to announce our third workshop which will take place at the University of Arts and Design, Linz, Austria, June 1st-3rd 2016.
Over the last two decades, increasingly diverse intellectual practices have become subsumed under the heading cultural studies. These engagements speak from different linguistic, regional, national and diasporic contexts, draw on specific local traditions and methodologies, and are forking distinct trajectories, thus making it impossible to speak of a unified cultural studies. This heterogeneity has led to an increasing emphasis on decolonising knowledge and the need for new transcultural approaches that transcend the limitations of regional studies. On the one hand, this development highlights the necessity of translation: of languages, concepts, different academic approaches. On the other, this decolonial momentum reasserts cultural studies as a political project that exceeds academic spaces of knowledge and opens itself to epistemologies that challenge the university’s Eurocentrism, gender and class gaps from the outside. These multiform spaces of knowledge become inhabitable at the intersection of artistic, academic and activist modes of knowledge production, in spaces and via events open to a diverse public. They can be discerned in new models of publishing not exclusively reserved to academia, such as open-access online journals or blogs that utilise the virtual and accessible space of the internet.

This two-day workshop invites to reflect on practices of epistemological translation between diverse knowledge spaces. How can we translate between spaces inside and outside of academia? How can we encourage decolonial agendas when negotiating between institutional and other agents? Furthermore, we invite scholars to reflect on, propose and invent practices of cultural studies in virtual and other spaces. What kinds of practices do we have to create such open spaces? How can we inhabit them?

Participants: Anna Artaker (Vienna), Hongwei Bao (Nottingham), Henriette Gunkel (London), Karin Harrasser (Linz), Katrin Köppert (Linz), Anja Michaelsen (Bochum), Sumugan Sivanesan (Berlin), Daniel Winkler (Innsbruck)

Organizers: Alexander Dunst (Paderborn), Elahe Haschemi Yekani (Flensburg), Anja Schwarz (Potsdam), Gudrun Rath (Linz)



Zombies, Zombies, Zombies

This issue of the Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften is a compilation of articles from different academic disciplines reaching from political sciences and anthropology to literature and media studies in German language. The issue traces the zombie’s historical continuities from the colonial Caribbean to the North American invasion of Haiti in 1915 and beyond – to its neo-colonial implications and also to it’s re-appropriations in West Africa. It discusses the first Caribbean zombi-text from the 17th century, the relation between zombification and the Code Noir and discusses global zombie-capitalism from a Caribbean perspective.

The debate focuses on the (im)possibilities of „epistemic disobedience“.

The introduction in German can be downloaded here.

“Zombies”, hg. v. Gudrun Rath, Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften 1/2014, Bielefeld: Transcript.

Lateinamerikanische Kulturtheorien

„Lateinamerikanische Kulturtheorien“ is a selection of theoretical texts from and about Latin America, most of them for the first time available in German translation. From the perspective of estudios culturales, these texts offer new perspectives on the global interrelations between symbolic and material spheres.

Amongst the authors are Oswald de Andrade, Fernando Ortiz, Ángel Rama, Antonio Cornejo Polar, Néstor García Canclini, Beatriz Sarlo, Carlos Monsiváis, Édouard Glissant, Sylvia Wynter and Rita Segato.

The introduction and some of the articles (in German) can be downloaded here.

Lateinamerikanische Kulturtheorien, ed. Gudrun Rath and Isabel Exner, Konstanz University Press 2015.