WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “DECOLONIZE”? Democracy and the Others of Europe
9th Annual Decolonial Summer School
19th June 2017 – 5th July 2018 (2.5 weeks)
University College Roosevelt (Middelburg, The Netherlands)
The Middelburg Decolonial Summer School, in its ninth year, will continue to explore ‘What does it mean to decolonize?’ and will focus on the ‘Others of Europe‘. We will walk around praxis of living in harmony and plenitude that call the universality of western democracy and its Eurocentric legacy into question.
ByOthers of Europewe understand both theother Europesinside, silenced and shattered by the narratives of modernity (Roma, Gitanos, Gaelic, African Diaspora, Suomi, immigrants,…) as well as theothers of Europe outside (first nations and indigenous from Africa, the Americas and Asia). Theothers of Europeis also the non-Eurocentered Europe within European territories, as well as the critique of Eurocentrism in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Eurocentrism is not a geographic but a complex set and flows of believes, knowledges and affects (sensing) still orienting the life of billions of people.
ByDemocracywe understand both the Eurocentered name and vision of living together in harmony and the pretext to impose European vision of governance to the rest of the planet. Therefore we do not takedemocracyfor granted as we confront it with the Euro-US un-democratic politics towards theother Europeand theothers of Europe. What “decolonizing democracy” may mean will be explored in relation to the double trajectory of theOthers of Europe: its internal and external subjugated people’s.
The resurgence ofUbuntuin Africa,ofSumakKawsay in South America,ofHein China, ofUmmahin Islamic communities allows us to think that pluriversal visions of governmentality and of conviviality are possible. The first decolonial step to move towards pluriversality is to decenter and humble the Eurocentric universal rhetoric ofdemocracyin order to liberate alternative praxis of living in harmony.
Could we envision communal and global orders predicated in pluriversality rather than in universality? Could we think beyond the categories of Western civilization learning from non-European cultures, civilizations and traditions that the rhetoric of modernity silenced, disavowed and deligitimized? Can we envision praxis of living that allow for co-existing alternatives?
Mignolo Walter(Argentina)| Jean Casimir(Haiti) Maria Lugones (Argentina/US)| Gloria Wekker(The Netherlands/Suriname)| Fabian Barba(Ecuador)| Manuela Boatcă(Rumania/Germany) | Teresa María Díaz Nerio(Domenican Republic / The Netherlands) | Jeannette Ehlers(Denmark)| RosalbaIcaza(Mexico/ The Netherlands)| PatriciaKaersenhout(The Netherlands/Suriname) | AlannaLockward(Dominican Republic/ Germany) | OvidiuTichindeleanu(Rumania) | MadinaTlostanova(Russia/Sweden) | Rolando Vázquez(Mexico/The Netherlands)