Humanities – Eurocentrism – Critique

July 19th – 23rd, 2022

Academy of Science Berlin / Leibniz-Saal, Markgrafenstr. 38

Organized by Rolf Elberfeld and Anke Graneß

Herder-Kolleg. Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Kulturforschung

Reinhart-Koselleck-Project „Histories of Philosophy in a Global Perspective

University of Hildesheim

Conference Report

Namita Herzl: „Tagungsbericht: Geisteswissenschaften – Eurozentrismus – Kritik“, in: polylog. Zeitschrift für interkulturelles Philosophieren, Nr. 48 (2022), S. 157–160.




Programm in deutscher Sprache

The official languages of the conference are German and English. An English summary will be provided for each presentation in German. Discussions will be held in both languages.


- Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 -

3:00 pm – 6:30 pm  Philosophy and European Expansion

Anke Graneß: Wer darf über was in dekolonialen Debatten sprechen? (Who May Talk About What in Decolonial Debates? - Talk in German Language) (audio file)

Rolf Elberfeld: Verstrickungsgeschichtliche Aufklärung (Clearing up the Colonial Ensnarements in History - Talk in German Language) (audio file)

Andrea Esser: Wie umgehen mit Rassismus, Sexismus und Antisemitismus in der europäischen Philosophie? (How to Deal with Racism, Sexism and Anti-Semitism in European Philosophy? - Talk in German Language) (audio file)

Bret Davis: The Problem of Philosophical Euromonopolism. Some Western and East Asian Perspectives (audio file)


- Wednesday, July 20th, 2022 -

9:30 am – 1:00 pm Learning and Remembering History in a Decolonial Way

Viola Georgi (Chair and Input)

María do Mar Castro Varela: Wissen, Erinnerung, Vergessen und Ignoranz. Fragen an eine Postkoloniale Bildung (Knowledge, Memory, Forgetting and Ignorance. Questions for a Postcolonial Education - Talk in German Language)

Ozan Zakariya Keskinkılıç: „Unser Land/Barbarenreich“. Erinnerungen, Räume und Biografien rassifizierter Subjekte in Verwobenheit und Ambiguität  („Our Land/Barbarian Land“. Memories, Spaces and Biographies of Racialized Subjects in Entanglement and Ambiguity – Talk in German Language)

Paul Mecheril: Was es hieße die pädagogische Illusion der Autonomie zu dekolonisieren? (What it would mean to decolonise the pedagogical illusion of autonomy? - Talk in German language)

    - Lunch Break -

3:00 pm – 6:30 pm Decolonial Cultural Politics

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Aspects of Decolonising through the Arts and Art Education

Mojisola Adebayo: Activating Anti-racism in Classrooms, Conferences and Theatres: A Participatory Performance of "The Interrogation of Sandra Bland"

Antje Budde: Making Visible. Listening. Touching Pain. Anti-oppressive Strategies of Building Allyship and Artistic Intelligence (A/I) in the Digital Dramaturgy Labsquared (DDL2)

Pepetual Mforbe: Decoloniality in Art Education: Where We Are Coming From and Where We Are Today

Julius Heinicke (Chair and Organisation): Politics of Cultures: The Dilemma of Research in Cultural Policy Contexts

5:15 pm – 6.30 pm Decolonial Vision on Cultural Policy (Joint Discussion)


- Thursday, July 21st, 2022 -

9:30 am – 1:00 pm Art, Music, (Critique of) Racism and Academia

Fiona McGovern / Johannes S. Ismaiel-Wendt (Chair and Organisation): "…dass Dir Hören und Sehen vergehen" (...That You Will Loose your Hearing and Sight - Roundtable in German Language - No Translation)

Sarah-Indriyati Hardjowirogo / Christopher A. Nixon / Kathleen Reinhardt / Shanti Suki Osman

    - Lunch Break - 

3:00 pm – 6:30 pm Feminist Theory and Decolonisation

Anke Graneß (Chair)

Denise Bergold-Caldwell: Black feminist theory and philosophy – points of departure, settings, and challenges for eurocentric philosophy

Yoko Arisaka: Positioning Feminisms in East Asia vis-à-vis De- and Postcolonial Feminist Debates

Veronika Zablotsky: Postcolonial Feminism(s) in Postsocialist West and Central Asia


- Friday, July 22nd, 2022 -

9:30 am – 1:00 pm Decolonising Philosophy

Anke Graneß (Chair)

Edwin Etieyibo: Pragmatism and Decolonizing for the Good

Rozena Maart: Decolonising the Contradictions of Philosophy and Confronting the Contradictions of Philosophers and their Philosophies

    - Lunch Break - 

3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Yoko Arisaka (Chair)

Eduardo Mendieta: The Colonization of Philosophy and Philosophy as a Weapon of Colonization: Latin American Philosophy as an Exemplar

Divya Dwivedi: Hypophysics in the History of Philosophy: Outside the Occidental-Oriental Difference


- Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 -

9:30 am – 11:30 pm Philosophy and Race

Rolf Elberfeld (Chair)

Jeanette Ehrmann: Tropen der Freiheit. Die Haitianische Revolution als Herausforderung für die Philosophie (Tropes of Freedom. The Haitian Revolution as a Challenge for Philosophy - Talk in German Language)

Robert Bernasconi: Academic Philosophy's Institutional Failure in the Face of Debates, Historical and Current, about the Legitimacy of Chattel Slavery

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Closing Discussion


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