CALL. 03.04.2019: Postcolonial and Decolonial Reception of European Thought: Decolonising Classics -
FECHA LÍMITE/DEADLINE/SCADENZA: 30/04/2019
FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 06/06/2019
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol (Bristol, United Kingdom)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: María López (University of Bristol)
Philosophers recently have become aware that there is a risk that Eurocentric biases in philosophical tradition may distort the scholarship of the broad academic theoretical work. To correct these biases -- which have been critically denounced by the scholars from non-European continents -- the post-colonial scholarship has made an effort in deconstructing the European theoretical referents, as well as developing new theories. The aim of this conference is to offer an opportunity for the discussion of broad issues concerning the reconsideration of the classical western thought in the post-colonial era, that is, a revision of the dialogues and tensions among European and peripheral epistemologies. With this purpose, we plan to center the discussion in two foci. On the one hand, the deconstruction of the global influence of the European classical and modern epistemologies during the past few centuries; and on the other hand, their present critical reception via a ‘non-Eurocentric’ or decolonial view. We hope that the conference will contribute to the good understanding of the post-colonial and decolonial standpoints. The questions that will be mainly addressed are as follows: To what extent does the post-colonial scholarship from different fields add to contemporary philosophy by offering new insights? How are the European classical and modern epistemologies received and understood by the different postcolonial/decolonial theoretical approaches? How is this criticism made? Or what are the basic ideas developed in this criticism?
The Conference will be located in room G16, Cotham House, University of Bristol. The Conference will be divided in four panels (two panels per day). Every panel will count on the participation of two PGR speakers (20 min talks), which will be followed by a general discussion. After a break, we will count on the presentation of two Keynote speakers (30 min talks), which will also be followed by a general discussion.
Panel 1: Decolonising Classics, 6th June 10.00-13.30 hrs. (Here, we expect to receive abstracts regarding the Postcolonial/Decolonial reflection on the process of the reception of Classics in non-European contexts) Keynote speaker Dr. Mathura Umachandran, Department of Classics University of Oxford; and Dr. Justine McConnell, Department of Comparative Literature King´s College.