Coverbild Exploring the Field

Contradiction Studies. Exploring the Field

Prof. Gisela Febel, Prof. Kerstin Knopf & Prof. Martin Nonhoff (GRK Contradiction Studies)

15.06.2023 18:30

U Bremen CART 067 & online

“Contradiction” is a core concept in the humanities and the social sciences. Beside the classical ideas of logical or dialectical contradiction, instances of “lived” contradiction and strategies of coping with it are objects of this study. Contradiction Studies discuss the many ways in which explicit or implicit contradictions are negotiated in different political or cultural settings. This volume collects articles that tackle the concept of contradiction, practices of contradicting and lived contradictions from a number of relevant perspectives and assembles contributions from linguistics, literary studies, philosophy, political science, and media studies.


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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

„Mit Niklas Luhmann kann man Raum als ‚Sondereinrichtung zur Negation von Widersprüchen‘ begreifen.“

Julia Lossau
Diversität und Vielfalt

„Seid dabei, mehr Diversität und Vielfalt in die Wissensproduktion zu bringen.“

Gisela Febel
Idee demokratischer Kritik

„Wer das Widersprechen ohne das Anbieten einer besseren Lösung als widersprüchlich empfindet, hat die Idee demokratischer Kritik nicht verstanden.“

Martin Nonhoff
ein (aufzu)lösendes Problem

„Widerspruch ist oft nicht primär ein (aufzu)lösendes Problem, sondern eine Antriebskraft, ohne die es nicht geht.“

Martin Nonhoff