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(Call of papers)The Colonial Unconscious - De-Colonizing Philosophy:2016 Summer University at Agen & Toulouse

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The Colonial Unconscious - De-Colonizing Philosophy
 
2016 Summer University
at
Agen & Toulouse
 
August 22 -27, 2016
 
Agen, August 22-23, 2016, Theme: The Colonial Unconscious
Toulouse, August 24-27, 2016, Theme: De-colonizing Philosophy
 
Call for Papers
 
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Application DeadlineJanuary 15, 2016
 
Application: Please email an abstract (title included) of 100-150 words, together with the applicant’s name and affiliation, to iics.center@gmail.com (Dr. Ya-Feng Mon)
 
Submission of Finalized Abstract: Successful applicants must submit a finalized abstract of 300 words by February 28, 2016.
 
*Submission of the full paper is required prior to the event, submission deadline to be confirmed.
 
Cost: Complimentary accommodation will be offered to successful applicants. But all attendees are responsible for their travel to and from the event.
 
General enquiries about the summer university (application excluded), please email tosummer.univ.2016@gmail.com


Websitehttp://www.srcs.nctu.edu.tw/2016summeruniversity/

 
 
About the 2016 Summer University
Contemporary societies, whether they have been formerly colonizers or colonized, are permeated with a persistent as well as proliferating colonial unconscious. The unconscious could be here defined as the presence of an absence – the colonization, the colony, colonialism being allegedly what stands behind us, as a remote or rejected past. 
It is one of the paradoxes of our present that the more the “classical” colonial scenes move away from us, the more this past proves to be traumatic (and, for this, unforgettable) – this not only in former colonies but often, as well, and in a not less intense way (though very different), in former colonial nations and states (or in states which have dedicated themselves to conquest). Japan and France are at this place two “exemplary” cases, in spite of all the differences between their respective colonial fates.


The backlash of the colonial (the colony, colonialism, coloniality...) in the present (defined as the return of the repressed) takes very variable forms in different situations and topographies: it can manifest itself as an open restiveness, as far as subalterns and plebeians from colonial origin living in former colonial or imperial countries are concerned; it can as well be voiced through vehement claims for the recognition and acknowledgment of crimes having been perpetrated long time ago or more recently by colonial powers and which are more or less openly denied by the rulers or the public in these countries; it also may go through well-intended devices (humanitarian among others) which can be a mask for neo-colonial ambitions or strategies.


New sources of tension whose colonial dimension is obvious also appear in nation States which have not taken part to the setting up of colonial empires during the era of colonial expansion (in Mainland China, notoriously - Tibet and Xinjiang -, but, as well, in Indonesia – Occidental New-Guinea, not to forget the contentious Falklands/Malvinas issue...), so we can see that colonialism isn't just a “question of the past”; it is, par excellence, past that doesn't pass, as it keeps alive the memory and the traces of a brutal form of “government of the living” or form of domination without hegemony or consensus. 
As it is a past that never ends, colonization is an inexhaustible source for all kinds of narratives and a scene where narratives are conflicting, each of them trying to conquer the position of the authoritative and legitimate “storyteller” of the contentious past. This narrative war is a transcription of the confrontation between collective memories that are challenging each other about a past whose violence has not been only material but is still, as well, made of symbolic wounds that never heal.


It is a general phenomenon today: the memory of a colonial past which, at best, has been the object of botched up transactions between former colonizing powers and former colonized countries and people which have become sovereign awakes and becomes more and more sensitive, often circulating in the present like a poison: this phenomenon can take the form of open conflicts over the past between regional powers, like in Eastern Asia, or, as well and more globally of alleged “civilization conflicts”. More than ever, in this context, the post-colonial dispute (différend) thrives thanks to the oblivion or the denial of the contamination of the present by the colonial past. Presently, the colonial unconscious exerts tangible effects in the domain of relations between nation-States as well as in the realm of relations between social groups within the former colonial and imperial powers (“communitarism”) or, the same way, new forms of extreme violence (terrorism and counter-terrorism) and asymmetrical conflicts which, as they rely on present conditions, still bear the mark of the “absent cause” - colonization and colonialism as shadows from the past cast en on the present.


If we think of as various events or phenomena like 9/11, the recent attacks in Paris (January 2015, November 2015) or, as well, the promotion of historical revisionism about WWII by the ruling elites in Japan, we have to note that all these “scenes” are narrowly related to colonial genealogies and are, as such, the object of  public debates. The analysis and the discussion of these genealogies is, of course, our concern as we are teaching and researching in the field of philosophy, historical, political and social sciences sciences, literature, law, etc. This is the reason why we have placed this Summer University under the sign of this title: “The Colonial Unconscious”. On this occasion, we hope to put together scholars, advanced students and professors coming from regions and countries whose experience of colonialism, colonization and coloniality is very different – from Taiwan to France, Colombia to Senegal, Portugal to Algeria... It will be a unique occasion for all of them to share their experience and discuss freely on this issue, for a week, in a vacation station close to the city of Agen, then at the University of Toulouse – Le Mirail, in the Southwestern part of France. 


The following topics will be taken into consideration:
 
  • Colonialism, Border and Migration: How are people, knowledge and products circulated in the age of colonialism or neo-colonialism? Could we re-examine the discursive and institutional apparatus in different parts of the world that were affected by the colonial histories?  How do the historical residues remain as the cause of social frictions and tensions in contemporary local societies?
  • Colonialism, de-colonialism and the Cold War: How did the Cold War dichotomy affect the world order in a neo-colonial mode? How does this neo-colonialism recur in the post-Cold War neo-liberal capitalist age in a new form? How does the third world, such as Asia, Africa and South America, that shared the de-linking from the capitalist regime, respond to the rise of the capital in the global south?
  • Colonialism and the world history in a different perspective: If we consider the colonial unconscious in a broader sense, does the constant denial or erasure of the historical traces of previous political regimes, such as the effect of the British or Dutch East Indian Company in East Asia countries, the turn-over of various political regimes, exercise as the same colonial unconscious?
  • Colonial Law, a post-colonial approach of Law; Law and Recognition.
  • The question of colonial narratives (literature, cinema, music, comics...)
  • The field of the notion of colony: What is a colonial relation? What is its specificity? What can be called “coloniality”?
  • What is the role and the weight of “colonial revisionism” today, in historical, political, academic debates?
  • Colonialism and gender(s)
  • Post-colonial studies and de-colonial approaches – confrontation of complementarity? 
  • De-colonizing Philosophy: History of Philosophy and Colonial History (institution of philosophy); Relation of post-colonial/decoloniality to the tradition of European critical philosophy; Geopolitics of decolonization; Racism and philosophy; The Sex of philosophy; Philosophy and traditional knowledge

 
Co-organizers: Research team Erraphis, Toulouse-Le Mirail University; Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan & International Institute for Cultural Studies, University of Taiwan; Association Ici et Ailleurs pour une philosophie nomade; Philosophy Department, University Paris 8 St Denis; Institut des Sciences politiques, Unicersity of Lyon; Philosophy Department, University Pierre Mendès-France Grenoble; Philosophy Department, University of Rennes I and Foreign Literatures Department, University of Lille III.