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MAP BRISTOL CONFERENCE 6th-7th June 2019

“POSCOLONIAL AND DECOLONIAL RECEPTION OF EUROPEAN THOUGHT”

Philosophers recently have become aware that there is a risk that Eurocentric biases in philosophical tradition may distort the scholarship of the broad academic theoretical work. To correct these biases -- which have been critically denounced by the scholars from non-European continents -- the postcolonial scholarship made an effort in deconstructing the European theoretical referents, as well as developing new theories. The aim of this conference is to offer an opportunity for the discussion of broad issues concerning the reconsideration of the classical western thought in the post-colonial era, that is, a revision of the dialogues and tensions among European and peripheral epistemologies. With this purpose, we plan to center the discussion in two foci. On the one hand, the deconstruction of the global influence of the European classical and modern epistemologies during the past few centuries; and on the other hand, their present critical reception via a ‘non-Eurocentric’ or decolonial view. We hope that the conference will contribute to the good understanding of the post-colonial and decolonial standpoints.

The questions that will be mainly addressed are as follows: To what extent does the post-colonial scholarship from different fields add to contemporary philosophy by offering new insights? How are the European classical and modern epistemologies received and understood by the different postcolonial/decolonial theoretical approaches? What are the basic ideas that constitute the criticism?

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Conference will be located at University of Bristol, at room 2D3 Priory Road Complex. This Conference is open to all, people with disabilities are especially welcome. The Conference will be divided in four panels (two panels per day). Thanks to our sponsors we will count on British Signal Translation Service in the panels where the service be required. Some catering and refreshments will be provided for all the assistants. Unfortunately, we cannot offer lunch to all the assistants, we can only offer lunch to the first people registered. However, there are many cafes and shops around to find extra provisions. Please, fill the Eventbrite registration form if you are interested in attending the conference. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/map-bristol-postcolonial-and-decolonial-reception-of-european-thought-tickets-61694167917?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete

Panel 1: Decolonising Classics, 6th June 10.00-13.30 hrs.

10.00-10.40 Facing the Human: David Malouf’s Ransom and the Rejection of Categories. Valeria Spacciante (MA student in Philology, Scuola Normale Superiori, Italy)

10.45-11.25 Traveling Ideas across Postcolonialism and Romanization: a comparative study of the Romanization discourse from postcolonial perspectives in Anglo-American and French scholarship in 20th and 21st centuries. Dr. Danielle Joh (PhD graduate in Classics, King´s College London)

11.25-11.40 Break

11.40-12.30 Classics at the Borderlands: How to decolonize a discipline. Dr. Mathura Umachandran (Keynote speaker from Department of Classics, University of Oxford).

12.35-13.25 Decolonising the Hero's Homecoming. Dr. Justine McConnell (Keynote speaker from Department of Comparative Literature, King´s College London).

Panel 2: Decolonising movements in Africa, South Asia, and Oceania 6th June 14.30-18 hrs.

14.30-15.20 The Meanings of ‘Decolonisation’ within African Legal Thought. Dr. Foluke Adebisi (Keynote speaker from School of Law, University of Bristol)

15.25- 16.15 Afro-Asian Solidarity Networks in the Decolonising World. Dr. Su Lin Lewis (Keynote speaker from Department of History, University of Bristol).

16.15-16.30 Break

16.30-17.10 Between Worlds: J.L. Mehta’s Postcolonial Hermeneutics. Dr. Evgenia Ilieva (Department of Politics, Ithaca College, USA).

17.15- 17.55 Maori philosophy, Heidegger and the tempo of the earth. Professor Ruth Irwin (University of Aberdeen, School of Education).

Panel 3: Enlightenment revised, 7th June 10.00-13.30 hrs.

10.00-10.40 The Treat of European, Enlightenment Thinking in (Post)colonial Spaces. Katherine Holland (MA student in Global Studies, Humboldt University, Germany).

10.45-11.25 Enlightenment: A Subversive Reading from The Hugo Zemelman’s Thoughts. Hugo Parra (PhD student in Education, University of Bristol).

11.25-11.40 Break

11.40- 12.20 The Paradoxical Localization of Philosophy and Hegel’s Paradoxical Engagement with Chinese Philosophy. Lea Cantor (PhD student in Philosophy, University of Oxford).

12.25-13.15 Hegel in Beijing: Debating the Science of Logic during the Cultural Revolution. Dr. Tzu Chien Tho (Keynote Speaker from Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol)

13.15-14.30 Lunch break

Final Talk

14.30-15.20 From Effective Altruism to Effective Empowerment. Dr. Joanna Burch-Brown (Keynote speaker from Department of Philosophy University of Bristol

We are working to meet most of the BPA/SWIP Criteria for a “Good Practice Scheme”. This conference is generously sponsored by:

Minorities and Philosophy
Marc Sanders Foundation

The University of Bristol - Alumni Grant, Department of Philosophy, Department of Classics and Ancient History

British Classical Association


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