Welcome to the former West – Mental maps and decolonial perspectives on the here and now

Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria
08 Oct 2016 - 09 Oct 2016

Welcome to the former West – Mental maps and decolonial perspectives on the here and now

Mamaza Garden State Foto: Fabrice Mazliah / Mamaza

The herbst conference investigates Europe’s current state from a postcolonial and decolonial perspective. What ways are there to talk about Europe? Who should we listen to and which utopias are still (or perhaps again) conceivable today?

Is Europe obsolete? What remains of the small utopian region which, only 20 years ago, was the focus of hopes for a peaceful and pluralistic 21st century? There is every indication that the “old world”, reinvented as European Union, is a profoundly vulnerable and crumbling structure. Philosopher Giorgio Agamben even sees the “recapitulation of each and every historical possibility of the West” on the line.

The 2016 herbst conference deals with the utopias and realities of a Europe marked by disagreement in the light of recent crises, proliferating nationalism and eroding democracies. Based on specific examples, lectures, discussions, lecture-performances and work groups set out to examine the repercussions caused by colonialist patterns of thought and hegemony along with alternative ways of thinking and formats beyond the Western canon. How can we talk about Europe without falling back on dominant categorisations rooted in Eurocentrism and Western capitalism?

In the “Garden State” created by artist collective Mamaza international guests from the fields of art, theory and science join students and the interested public to discuss identities and belongings, decolonial strategies, post-otherness and critical whiteness, changing geographies and economic areas as well as the everyday practices of a different Europe that deserves our protection.

With Annette Bhagwati (DE), Jochen Becker (DE), Zasha Colah (DE/IN), Roberto Dainotto (US/IT), Abdul Dube (DK/ZA), Övül Durmuşoğlu (DE/TR), Nezaket Ekici (DE/TR), Araba Evelyn Johnston-Arthur (AT/US/FIN/GH), Daniel Kötter (DE), Sunna Mesquita (AT), Sushila Mesquita (AT), Yvette Mutumba (DE), Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (DE/CM), María do Mar Castro Varela (DE/ES), Slavs and Tatars, Armin Thurnher (AT), Rolando Vazquez (NL/MX), Mi You (DE/CN) et al.

Saturday 08/10, 10.00 – 19.00
Sunday 09/10, 10.00 – 14.00

at Orpheum

Admission free
English language