To Institute the Postcolonial
Saturday 24.8.2019, 14:00-17:00
Aquarium am Südblock
Skalitzer Str. 6
The goal of this half-day event is to trace debates around the reception and institutionalization of postcolonial theory within the cultural field in Germany. The participants have addressed this issue in multiple ways, either by intervening into existing institutions, exploiting these institutions for counterhegemonic purposes, or constructing alternative institutions. We will hear from Nanna Heidenreich, curator and professor of media studies at the internationale filmschule köln; Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen, current fellow in media studies and queer theory at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) Berlin; and Christian Kopp, historian and co-founder of the activist group Berlin Postkolonial. By bringing together scholars, activists, and cultural workers with differing perspectives on the impact and relevance of postcolonial thinking in Germany, we hope to get beyond sanctimonious critiques and hackneyed academicisms to discuss material and practical suggestions for decolonial action.
During the first half of the colloquium, the participants will give short presentations to introduce themselves and their perspective on the postcolonial. The second half of the colloquium will be a roundtable discussion in two parts. The first segment will be structured around key questions posed to the participants in advance. This will be followed by a Q&A discussion where audience participation will be encouraged.
This event is supported by Northwestern University Department of Art History and Princeton University Department of Art & Archaeology. It is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Graduiertenkolleg Kulturen der Kritik, 2114.