Decolonising of Knowledges – Symposium 3.-4.05.2019


When: Friday, 3 May – Saturday, 4 May 2019, 9:00 – 17:30

Where: mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Fanny Hensel Hall, Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna

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.

Please register (participation free of charge):

Preparatory team: Julia Fent (Coordination), Ursula Hemetek, Harald Huber, Therese Kaufmann, Gerda Müller, Hande Sağlam.

For requests and further information, please contact:
Julia Fent
Tel.: +43 1 71155-4216

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