Concepts of Contradiction I

Lilli Hasche & Helen Stephan

10/17/2023 2:30 pm 4:45 pm

GRA 2 0030 & online

As members of the RTG Contradiction Studies we all work in the field of or with contradictions. But what does this concept mean? What does it mean to work with contradiction(s) as a concept, method or tool? How can we come together using contradiction(s)? In two sessions we invite the members of the RTG to discuss their understandings of contradiction(s). We want to enhance finding partners for collaboration who think in similar ways and think about interdisciplinarity as translation – how to translate?

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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

“Geography as a discipline stands for a certain worlding, if not earthing, of contradiction, in both theoretical and pracitcal respect.”

Julia Lossau
Bhabha on enlightenment and coloniality

“Homi Bhabha says about the contradiction between the ideals of the enlightenment, claims to democracy and solidarity and simultaneous colonization and ongoing coloniality: ‘That ideological tension, visible in the history of the West as a despotic power, at the very moment of the birth of democracy and modernity, has not been adequately written in a contradictory and contrapuntal discourse of tradition.’”

Kerstin Knopf
every day

“Living in contradictions is what we experience every day. Why do we know so little about it?”

Gisela Febel

“Resistance is a democratic right, sometimes a duty. With literature we can find models for this right and think about its limits.”

Gisela Febel