What does it mean to Decolonize? The Consumption of Life and the Regeneration of the Communal
University College Roosevelt
University College Roosevelt
18 June 2019
04 July 2019
Middelburg (University College Roosevelt), The Netherlands
The 10th anniversary of the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School, will explore the growing frustrations and disenchantments in face of the failed promises of modernity and development. The themes that we have been exploring in the past 10 years will be brought in a new light. The analytics of the colonial matrix of power will be decentered and complemented by explorations of decolonial joy and decolonial love in the regeneration of the communal. In particular we will look at how the communal generated in various localities cannot be subsumed under the liberal common-good and the Marxist commons.
The 10th anniversary of the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School, will explore the growing frustrations and disenchantments in face of the failed promises of modernity and development. The themes explored in the past 10 years will be brought in a new light.
The analytics of the Colonial Matrix of Power (CMP) reveals a machinery that generates un-justice and death, from the Atlantic Slavery in the sixteenth century to the Jew Holocaust in the twentieth century. We have responded to the promises advanced in the name of modernity, democracy and development with the urgency to delink from CMP and to engage in the variegated localities of struggle opened up by the decolonial option. This analytics of the CMP will be complemented by explorations of decolonial joy and decolonial love in the regeneration of the communal.
The 10th Middelburg Decolonial Summer School will place its emphasis not only on resisting CMP but also on historical forms and current practices of re-existing beyond it. To engage in the regeneration and praxis of the communal it is essential to understand that the communal cannot be subsumed under the liberal common-good and the Marxist commons. The concept of the communal allows to replace competition with cooperation to live together in plenitude; to replace development with communal economies; to replace disciplinary formations with the liberation of knowing; to replace the political and economic belief that we live to work with working for living together. These challenges are ways to engage in recovering the freedom of joy and love— and with it regenerate the communal as praxis of living.
This course is co-organized by the Center of Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University.
dr. Rolando Vazquez
Walter Mignolo (Duke University)
Rolando Vazquez (UCR)
Guest Faculty to be confirmed:
Jean Casimir (Haiti; State University of Haiti)
Maria Lugones tbc (Argentina/US; State University of New York)
Fabian Barba (Ecuador; Busy Rocks)
Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark)
Rosalba Icaza (Mexico/ Institute of Social Studies, The Hague)
Patricia Kaersenhout (The Netherlands/Suriname)
Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (Rumania; IDEA Magazine)
Madina Tlostanova (Circassia/Sweden)
Gloria Wekker tbc (The Netherlands/Suriname)
Designed for graduate students (Ph.D. and M.A.) from all disciplinary backgrounds. The course is also open to interested advanced undegraduate students. (Students from University College Roosevelt can obtain full credits with the writing of a final research paper).
The course will make the students acquainted with the most current debates around decolonial critical thought, in particular in relation to the construction of alternative futures.
Two hours of class in the morning and two hours of class in the afternoon. Reading preparation for the course will also be required.
Housing through University College Roosevelt
Please note that you will be staying in student rooms of the University College and not in a hotel room. The availability of rooms is limited; therefore we do recommend to apply as soon as possible and to only sign up for a room, if you do not have an alternative option for housing. The housing deadline is the 15th of April, if you want to apply for housing after the 15th of April send an e-mail to the course leader. Please note: Deadline for the course application is later!
For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:
- Motivation Letter
- Reference Letter
10 June 2019