Decolonization and Poststructuralism

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February 23, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, French History / Studies, Humanities, Philosophy, Race / Ethnic Studies



Faculty of Philosophy

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

23rd February 2022

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(All times are Madrid, Spain, UTC+1)



Organizers: Gavin Rae and Cillian Ó Fathaigh

0930–0935: Introductory Remarks

Cillian Ó Fathaigh and Gavin Rae (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)


0940–1110: Apertures

Decolonizing the Syllabus: The Name and End of Deconstruction

Cillian Ó Fathaigh (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

Ethics, Agency and Deconstructing Subjectivity in Indian Buddhist Philosophy: Rethinking Poststructuralism from an Intercultural-philosophical Perspective

Alina Therese Lettner (University of Kassel, Germany)

Decolonizing Eurocentric Affect: Subaltern Affect at the Limit of Species Alterity

Sourav Kargupta (Independent Scholar, India)


1115-1245: Empirical Considerations

Repurposing the Postmodern: On the Viability of Post-structures in the Postcolonial

Divya Mehta (University of Delhi, India)

Decolonisation and Postructuralism?: A Pedagogical Case Study

Andrew Hines (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England)

African Philosophy in an African Language: Some Considerations

Francis Kolade Ajila (University of Western Cape, South Africa)


1250-1350: Éduoard Glissant

Glissant and Derrida: Deconstructing Colonial Imaginary from Within and from Without

Alenka Ambroz (École Normale Supérieure, France)

Glissant on the (de)colonization of Time

David Venutra (Royal Holloway, University of London, England)


1355–1455: Deleuze

Knowledge Production and Intellectual Instruction in Colonial Quito: An Imbricated Rhizomatic Network

Marco Ambrosi De la Cadena (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Italy)

Anthropophagy and Deleuze and Guattari through the eyes of Suely Rolnik

Mauricio Baez (Independent Scholar, Colombia)


1500–1600: Ethics

Can Poststructuralism Critique itself? Developing Foucauldian Ethics to Supersede the Eurocentrism of Biopolitics

Peter Marshall (University of Kent, England)

Keeping Impurity Impure: Ethical Responses to Epistemic Impasses

Ruben Hordijk (Linköping University, Sweden)


16051735: Derrida

Unacknowledged Agency: Derrida’s Postcolonial Subject

Oana Panaïté (Indiana University, USA)

"The Crisis of the Crisis": Deconstruction and Decolonization

Carmen de Schryver (Northwestern University/Sarah Lawrence College, USA)

The Uninvited Guest: Hospitality, Responsibility, and Possibility

Becky Vartabedian (Regis University, USA)


1740–1910: Moving Forward

“The Ripple and the Two-Tide Movement”: The Metaphorical Language of Contingent Foundations

Eve Judah (École Normale Supérieure, France)

If decolonization is not a metaphor, what is it then?

Juan Felipe Miranda Medina (Universidad Católica San Paolo, Peru)

Already Existing Decolonial Poststructuralism?

Maxwell Woods (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile)

1910–1915: Closing Remarks

Funding: This conference forms part of the activities for the following research projects: (1)  Agency and Society: An Inquiry through Poststructuralism” (PR108/20-26), funded by the Universidad Complutense de MadridBanco Santander; (2) “Differential Ontology and the Politics of Reason,” funded by the Government of the Region of Madrid, as part of line 3 of the multi-year agreement with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid: V PRICIT Excellence Program for University Professors (Fifth Regional Plan for Scientific Investigation and Technological Innovation); and (3) “The Politics of Reason” (PID2020-117386GA-I00), financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Government of Spain.

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