HOW DOES CHANGE HAPPEN? – Cornelia Goethe Colloquium in co-operation with FRCPS

I.G. Farben-Haus, Campus Westend, Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
20 Nov 2013 - 12 Feb 2014

Leader of the Communist Party USA, civil rights and prison rights activist, ANGELA DAVIS, who studied Philosophy at the University of   Frankfurt from 1965-1967, poses the challenging question “How Does Change Happen”. She proposes that a “critical posture” towards the tools, concepts, vocabularies, and organizing practices that characterize landscapes of struggle involves transforming our habits of thinking and imagination. Such an indispensable scrutiny would   contribute towards rethinking the interrelationship between activism, advocacy work, and knowledge production.

On occasion of Angela Davis’ stay at the Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CGC) from 3rd to 11th December as Guest Professor, a lecture series will be held in Winter Semester 2013/2014 in co-operation with the Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies (FRCPS).

Internationally reputed scholars are invited to address issues of power, domination, resistance, and radical change from a feminist-postcolonial perspective and critically engage with the question of how to produce and employ knowledge in a transformative way. Addressing issues like the formation of new political spaces and subjectivities during the Occupy Gezi protests in Turkey; the role of gender and violence in the Algerian anticolonial struggle; the situation of Latin American indigenous women within the modern colonial gender system; the visual history of black lesbians in South Africa; the reworking of democracy through interventionist politics in India; and the politics of representation of colonial prisons in Uganda as a strategy of colonial governmentality, this lecture series will explore different sites, scales, and temporalities of social change.

Cornelia Goethe Colloquium in co-operation with Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies (FRCPS), Goethe University Frankfurt

Organized by: Nikita Dhawan, María Teresa Herrera Vivar

With the assistance of: Susanne Bernhart, Elisabeth Fink, Johanna Leinius, Aylin Zafer


Time/Venue: 18h-20h, Casino 1.801, I.G. Farben-Haus, Campus Westend, Goethe University Frankfurt

20.11.2013: Ayse Saktanber/Binnaz Saktanber
Occupy Gezi: From an Uprising to a Social Movement?

04.12.2013: Marwa Arsanios
Have you ever killed a Bear or becoming Jamila

11.12.2013 Maria Lugones
Indigenous Movement and Decolonial Feminism

18.12.2013: Zanele Muholi
Sizwile (We’ve heard)

29.01.2013: Nivedita Menon
Transforming Commonsense, Reworking Democracy

12.02.2014: Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa
Representation and the Colonial Prison


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