Contradiction Studies

Anti-Genderism in France and Germany: a Transnational Illiberal Practice?

Jonas Trochemowitz (RTG Contradiction Studies) & Hagen Steinhauer (Research Group Soft Authoritarianisms)

06/23/2023 10:30 am 12:00 pm

TU Dresden

DeMarg 5 International Conference »Tracing Forms of De/Marginalization« – Research Window: Insights into Current DeMarg-relevant Projects

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ideal of a contradiction-free world

“Science has long been animated by the ideal of a contradiction-free world in which logical orders could merge with society, politics, culture and language. In the GRC Contradiction Studies we are working on ways of describing the multiplicity and complexity, the danger and beauty of our worlds that clearly go beyond concepts of freedom from contradiction.”

Michi Knecht

“Contradictions are an important driver of scientific practice and knowledge.”

Norman Sieroka

“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
Is contradiction eurocentric?

“Is contradiction a eurocentric concept, operational phenomenon, and instrument of power?”

Kerstin Knopf
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