Transphilosophies: the Migration of Ideas and the Decolonization of Knowledge

September 22, Transphilosophies: the Migration of Ideas and the Decolonization of Knowledge

Seloua Luste Boulbina, Etienne Balibar, Ali Benmakhlouf, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, moderated by Omar Berrada

This event was featured as part of a series of events on “Le français dans tous ses états,” with sponsorship provided by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

Tracing the migration of ideas—between countries and among theoretical and artistic practices—is an important dimension of the decolonization of knowledge. How do ideas cross borders? If translation is one route, ideas also circulate within linguistic areas, for example between former colonial powers and colonized countries. If western thought is widely disseminated throughout the world, what movements are occurring in other directions, for instance in the exchanges between contemporary art, philosophy and history? In this cross-disciplinary roundtable, five leading thinkers share their perspectives on the movement of ideas across media, disciplines, languages, and regions, considering how art and philosophy come together in the decolonization of knowledge.

The discussion was preceded by screenings of four recent short films that explore the politics of decolonization in an experimental visual language: Le Voyage à Bandung (Jean-François Boclé, 2015, 5 min.); Corps à corps (Louisa Babari and Celio Paillard, 2015, 8 min.); The Storyteller (Katia Kameli, 2012, 12 min.); Kaleta Kaleta (Emo de Medeiros, 2015, 6 min.).

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