In 2010 the decolonial summercourse Middelburg was hosted for the first time at the University College Roosevelt (University of Utrecht) in cooperation with the Centre for Global Studies and the Humanities (Duke University). Opening the university to life’s diversity and other knowledges, Walter Mignolo and Rolando Vázquez have been bringing together students, activists, scholars and artists in the academic setting. Addressing the danger of the single story in the Modern/Colonial world order, the course invites to learn about the decolonial option. Participants and lecturers collectively explore creative alternatives to global (un)justice by critically engaging local histories to challenge global designs.
Situating ourselves in the town of Middelburg, we begin a dialogue that addresses global social justice, connecting at the same time the legacy of European slave trade and the Jewish holocaust. The question then becomes how to make visible the pluriversality of experiences subsumed under the hegemonic design of the modern/colonial world order? We speak of ethics and tolerance while learning to listen and engage with one another with respect.
2019: What does it mean to Decolonize? The Consumption of Life and the Regeneration of the Communal.
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.
Walter Mignolo (Argentina/Duke University, US)
Rolando Vázquez (Mexico/University College Roosevelt, Middelburg)
Guest Faculty to be confirmed:
Jean Casimir (Haiti/ State University of Haiti)
Maria Lugones (Argentina/State University of New York, US)
Fabian Barba (Ecuador/ Busy Rocks, Brussels)
Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark)
Rosalba Icaza (Mexico/ Institute of Social Studies, The Hague)
Patricia Kaersenhout (The Netherlands/Suriname)
Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (Rumania; IDEA Magazine)
Gloria Wekker (The Netherlands/Suriname)
Madina Tlostanova (Sweden)
Deadline for registration: 10 June 2019
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