Symposium

• 16​ – 17​ 11​ 2018 •
Perverse Decolonization Final Research Meeting


With AVITAL BARAK, YAU CHING, SADDIE CHOUA, KETI CHUKHROV, EKATERINA DEGOT, ANDRZEJ LEDER, SUSANNE LEEB, GEORGY MAMEDOV, JOAR NANGO, DAVID RIFF, KONRAD SCHILLER, JOSHUA SIMON, JAN SOWA and others

11:00

Venue: Alte Feuerwache, Melchiorstr. 3, 50670 Cologne
Free admission
In English

The seminar is open to the public but seating is limited. Participants should register by writing to pd@academycologne.org by 9 11 2018.

It is sometimes said that nationalism is the swamp where political movements go to die. In how far does this apply to struggles for liberation from colonial oppression, and how can we describe their “life after death”? How do new virulent forms of identity politics take over narratives of emancipation, perverting them into their own opposite, and how does this takeover affect the politics of representation? These and many more were the questions raised so far in the international research project Perverse Decolonization. Its final research meeting, held over two days in Cologne, continues to query the deadlocks and double-binds facing political subjectivities under post- and neo-colonial conditions, looking for a way out of the cul-de-sac of identity. Expert inputs pick up the threads of previous research meetings in Warsaw, Holon (Israel), Hong Kong and Chicago (USA) presenting them for common discussion. A lecture performance by participant JOAR NANGO reacts to the project’s themes, while a final panel discussion probes the prospects of a “messy” or “dirty” universalism and opens the discussion to the audience.

Timetable Final Research Meeting

FR 16 11 2018

The seminar (11:00 to 18:30) is open to the public but seating is limited. Participants should register by writing to pd@academycologne.org by 9 11 2018.

11:00 – 11:30 Introduction by Ekaterina Degot (Moscow/Graz) and David Riff (Berlin)
11:30 – 13:00 A Post-Colonial Poland? by Andrzej Leder (Kraków) and Dariusz Skórczewski (Lublin)
13:00 – 14:30 Post-Colonial Perversities and Plasticities of Zionism by Avital Barak (Tel Aviv) and Dmitry Shumsky (Jerusalem)

14:30 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:00 Post-Colonial Display and Identitarian Takeover in Western Europe by Susanne Leeb (Berlin/Lüneburg) and Ana Teixeira Pinto (Berlin)
17:00 – 18:30 General discussion with the participants of Perverse Decolonization

18:30 – 20:00 Public Lecture Performance Towards nomadic hybridity by Joar Nango

SA 17 11 2018

The seminar (11:00 to 16:30) is open to the public but seating is limited. Participants should register by writing to pd@academycologne.org by 9 11 2018.

13:00 – 14:30 Representation and Hegemony in the Post-Colony by Yau Ching (Hong Kong) and Mi You (Beijing/Cologne)
14:30 – 16:00 Post-Soviet Universalism and its Limitations by Keti Chukhrov (London/Moscow) and Georgy Mamedov (Bishkek)
16:00 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 18:00 Public panel discussion Toward A Dirty Universalism Beyond the Politics of Identity with the participants of Perverse Decolonization

In the course of the project three new artworks were commissioned by the Academy of the Arts of the World/Cologne which will be on view in November in Cologne. Their authors are SADDIE CHOUA, JOAR NANGO and [JANEK SIMON](1985.

Participants:
Avital Barak (Tel Aviv)
Yau Ching (Hongkong)
Saddie Choua (Brussels)
Hans Christ (Stuttgart)
Keti Chukhrov (London/Moscow)
Ekaterina Degot (Graz/Moscow)
Iris Dressler (Stuttgart)
Andrzej Leder (Warsaw)
Susanne Leeb (Berlin)
Georgy Mamedov (Bishkek)
Joar Nango (Tromsø)
David Riff (Berlin)
Aneta Rostkowska (Cologne/Cracow)
Konrad Schiller (Warsaw)
Dmitry Shumsky (Jerusalem)
Joshua Simon (Philadelphia)
Dariusz Skórczewski (Lublin)
Jan Sowa (Warsaw)
Ana Teixeira Pinto (Berlin)
Mi You (Cologne)

Institutional partners:
Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (Poland)
Para Site, Hong Kong (China)
The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon (Israel)
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago (USA)
Tensta Konsthall, Spånga (Sweden)
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (Germany)

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation Alt text