4th Berlin Theory Lecture – 2022 – Françoise Vergès
'A Program of Total Disorder: Decolonizing Europe'
Date: 15th December 2022, 6pm (Berlin, GMT+01:00)
Venue: Ethnologisches Museum
Foyer of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Dahlem
Lansstraße 8, 14195 Berlin
Welcome, Introduction & Moderation: Alexis von Poser, Abdoulaye Sounaye and Sandra Calkins
Discussants: Fernanda Beigel and Henrike Kohpeiss
What does it mean to decolonize Europe? Why is this struggle important? What would be a Decolonial Europe? Would it still be “Europe”? And then what would be its borders? Its foundations? Let us start with two quotes: Aimé Césaire “‘Europe’ is morally, spiritually indefensible” (Discourse on Colonialism, 1950) and Frantz Fanon “Decolonization, which sets out to change the order of the world, is, obviously, a program of complete disorder. But it cannot come as a result of magical practices, nor of a natural shock, nor of a friendly understanding” (The Wretched of the Earth, 1961). What is the content of the program? How do we realize this disorder?
Françoise Vergès is a writer, an antiracist Decolonial feminist activist and independent curator. Recent publications include: A Feminist Theory of Violence, 2022, A Decolonial Feminism (2021) and De la violence coloniale dans l’espace public (2021).
Organized by the Institut of Social and Cultural Anthropologie, Freie Universität Berlin and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO). In cooperation with the Enhnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Forschungscampus Dahlem and Co2libri. With support from the Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE) within the Berlin University Alliance (BUA).