Symposium: Decolonising of Knowledges

im Rahmen der interdisziplinären Ringvorlesungsreihe Transkulturalität_mdw

3. und 4. Mai 2019

The discussion about the need for a decolonisation of knowledge production and critical reflection on "epistemic violence" as described by G. Ch. Spivak has become a central aspect of the postcolonial discourse in recent years. Assuming that this need is also an urgent and ongoing task in academia, the symposium wishes to elaborate the conditions for a "Decolonising of Knowledges" particularly at art universities and in the artistic and cultural field.

Investigating the relations between knowledge and power, it looks into the proposal of a "Meeting of Knowledges" and suggests “Decolonising 'World Music'" as a way of critically re-framing the musics of the world in the context of current practices, struggles and conditions of production and consumption.

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Friday, 3 May | Meeting of Knowledges

9:00 Registration
9:30 Opening
play play Welcome address by Gerda Müller, Vice Rector for Organisational Development, Gender & Diversity, mdw
play play Introductory remarks by Ursula Hemetek, Director of the Department of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology, mdw
10:00-11:00 Lecture (Chair: Ursula Hemetek)
play play José Jorge de Carvalho
Meeting of Knowledges: A Movement to Decolonize the Modern Western University in Latin America
11:30-12:30 Lecture (Chair: Marko Kölbl)
play play María do Mar Castro Varela
What to Do with the University?: A Tricky Question
13:30-15:00 Panel Discussion
play play José Jorge de Carvalho, María do Mar Castro Varela, Rasika Ajotikar (discussant) and Marko Kölbl (moderator)
15:30-17:30 Workshop
play play Basma Jabr, Nataša Mirković, Golnar Shahyar, Sakina Teyna South-Eastern Vocal Styles


Saturday, 4 May | Decolonising “World Music”

9:00 Welcome Coffee
9:30 Opening
play play Introductory remarks by Harald Huber, Department of Popular Music, mdw
10:00-11:00 Lecture(Chair: Therese Kaufmann)
play play Michael Birenbaum Quintero
“World Music” from Home and Local Music from Abroad: Cosmopolitan Case Studies from Colombia
11:30-12:30 Lecture (Chair: Harald Huber)
play play Gabriele Klein
Decolonising Dance: The Example of “African” Dancer and Choreographer Germaine Acogny
13:30-15:00 Panel Discussion
play play Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Gabriele Klein, Frank Klaffs (discussant) and Julio Mendívil (moderator)
15:30-17:30 Concert
play play Kurdophone
Amir Ahmadi, Omid Darvishi, Helene Glüxam, Sarvin Hazin, Sebastian Simsa