Contradiction Studies

Black Existentialism and Decolonizing Knowledge

Prof. Lewis R. Gordon (U Connecticut)

06/19/2023 6:00 pm

U Bremen CART 067 (Rotunde) & online

Drawing upon ideas from Fear of Black Consciousness (Penguin, 2022) / Angst vor Schwarzem Bewusstsein (Ullstein Verlag, 2022), this talk will offer a portrait
of Black existentialism, summarizing some of its key problematics with emphasis on problems wrought from Euromodern colonization of knowledge. The talk
will conclude with a discussion of what decolonizing knowledge entails.


Prof. Lewis R. Gordon (U Connecticut)
Prof. Rozena Maart (U KwaZulu Natal, RTG Contradiction Studies)
Prof. Sabine Broeck (INPUTS)
Lindokuhle Shabane (RTG Contradiction Studies)

Prof. Kerstin Knopf (INPUTS, RTG Contradiction Studies)

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“The contradiction of law in Derrida lies in the interstice that separates the impossibility of deconstructing justice from the possibility of deconstructing law.”

Andreas Fischer-Lescano

“According to Niklas Luhmann, space is a ‘special facility to negate contradictions’”.

Julia Lossau
idea of democratic critique

“If you think that acts of contradicting someone always need to point to better solutions, you haven’t really understood the idea of democratic critique.”

Martin Nonhoff
prison of difference

“‘Contradiction is the prison of difference‘ writes the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. Worlds of Contradiction asks: how can we explain and describe the world without making it more coherent and systematic than it is?”

Michi Knecht

“The city is a laboratory not only of modernity, but also of contradiction.”

Julia Lossau