Neighbourliness – Living with Contradictions

Maren Schwarz (RTG Contradiction Studies), Jan Dittrich (RTG Contradiction Studies), Dr. Melike Peterson (University Bremen)

12/20/2022 4:30 pm 6:00 pm

U Bremen GRA2 0030

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space

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

Julia Lossau
earthing

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

Julia Lossau
problem to be solved

“Contradiction is not primarily a problem to be solved but a motor we cannot do without.”

Martin Nonhoff
Afterlife of colonialism

“Contradiction comes in many different forms. None is so debilitating than when the coloniser transitions, textually not politically, to decoloniality without taking the responsibility for the afterlife of colonialism, which they continue to benefit from. Self-examination and self-interrogation of the relations of coloniality, a necessity, seem nearly impossible for the coloniser who continues to act as beneficiary, masked in the new-found language of White fragility, devoid of an ethical responsibility of the very system of White domination they claim to be against.” (Black Consciousness and the Politics of the Flesh)

Rozena Maart
sustained engagement

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

Norman Sieroka