Decolonising European Modernity: Text, Paratext, Urtext

Should the project of modernity be salvaged from the legacy of its European provenance? Decolonising European modernity is predicated on the historical text of that modernity itself— of the allegorical dubious hold of “Europe” as a beleaguered metaphor. Locating that text in the colonial paratext of the globality of its reach reveals the urtext of a renewed reasoning that overrides the instrumental reason of colonial modernity. What could the liberating contours of that reasoning be?

TODAY: EUME BERLINER SEMINAR: Tarek El-Bishry as a Post-Colonial Thinker, WED 20 APR 2022: 10 AM - 1 PM EDT.

Tarek El-Bishry as a Post-Colonial Thinker

Roundtable with Amr Abdelrahman (AUC), Nader Andrawos (AUC) and Fouad Halbouni (EUME Fellow 2021/22), Discussant: Angela Giordani (Abdallah S. Kamel Resident Research Fellow, Yale Law School)

Online event via ZOOM

Decolonising European Modernity: Text, Paratext, Urtext

Should the project of modernity be salvaged from the legacy of its European provenance? Decolonising European modernity is predicated on the historical text of that modernity itself— of the allegorical dubious hold of “Europe” as a beleaguered metaphor. Locating that text in the colonial paratext of the globality of its reach reveals the urtext of a renewed reasoning that overrides the instrumental reason of colonial modernity. What could the liberating contours of that reasoning be?

Decolonising European Modernity: Text, Paratext, Urtext

Should the project of modernity be salvaged from the legacy of its European provenance? Decolonising European modernity is predicated on the historical text of that modernity itself— of the allegorical dubious hold of “Europe” as a beleaguered metaphor. Locating that text in the colonial paratext of the globality of its reach reveals the urtext of a renewed reasoning that overrides the instrumental reason of colonial modernity. What could the liberating contours of that reasoning be?

Conversations on South Asia with Jessica Namakkal

With all of the attention given to Britain’s interventions in India, France’s colonial projects in South Asia are often ignored and overlooked.

Focusing on French India’s scattered territories, historian Jessica Namakkal (Duke University) draws attention to the problematic discourses of “good” and “bad” colonialism and uses settler-colonial spaces like ashrams and utopian communities to explore how experiences of decolonization linger after the end of imperial rule. Join us to learn more!

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