Contradiction Studies

ESF Conference „Territory, Tension & Taboo“

Jody Danard (Emerging Scholars Forum of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries & GRK Contradiction Studies)

10.10.2024 11.10.2024

U Bremen

Territory as a historical, legal, geographical, or cultural concept has become an essential interdisciplinary nexus within the field of Canadian Studies. Depending on the context, territory has been described as vast, empty, conquered, annexed, unexplored, constructed, claimed, or imagined, among many other adjectives. This conference aims to explore different aspects of territory through the prism of tension and taboo. This includes territorial tensions which have erupted into public conflicts that dominate(d) popular Canadian discourse (e.g. Oka Crisis, 2022 Freedom Convoy, etc.), or territorial confrontations treated as taboo, concealed, or otherwise obscured by Canada’s international reputation as a welcoming and multicultural nation (e.g. Chinese head tax, history of slavery in Canada, etc.). The conference will feature thematic panels for more advanced projects as well as an open forum for ongoing research projects. We therefore welcome emerging scholars at all levels to share their work on the multifaceted territorial crises occurring within and between many overlapping and contested territories that make up the place now known as Canada. 

The conference will take place in person at the University of Bremen on October 10 and 11. More information here.

Zurück zur Übersicht

„Der Widerspruch des Rechts bei Derrida liegt in dem Zwischenraum, der die Unmöglichkeit einer Dekonstruktion der Gerechtigkeit von der Möglichkeit der Dekonstruktion des Rechts trennt.“

Andreas Fischer-Lescano
Kohärenz im Denken

„Das Gebot der Widerspruchsfreiheit erzeugt im Allgemeinen eine Kohärenz im Denken, die oftmals im Widerspruch zur Komplexität des Sozialen steht.“

Yan Suarsana
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

„Die Grundlage des Rechts ist keine Idee als systematisches Einheitsprinzip sondern eine Paradoxie.“

Andreas Fischer-Lescano