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)

Back to overview

“Contradictions need to be articulated in order to exist.”

Martin Nonhoff

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

Julia Lossau
sustained engagement

“The history of Western philosophy can be understood as a sustained engagement with contradiction.”

Norman Sieroka
coherence in thought

“The imperative of non-contradiction generally produces a coherence in thought that is often at odds with social complexities.”

Yan Suarsana
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