Statt der bekannten philosophischen Interventionen lädt die Studierendegruppe PEGASUS im WS 2021/2022 zu einem Workshop ein:
Expanding Horizons - African Philosophy at the Intersections of Race, Gender and Decolonization
Datum: 06. Dezember 2021
Zeit: 16:00 -18.30 Uhr
Der Workshop, der mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Dr. Björn Freter (Independent Scholar, Knoxville/Tennesse) organisiert wurde, findet in englischer Sprache statt.
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Siseko H. Kumalo - The Decolonial Problem
Decoloniality – as an area of scholarship inspired by global owing student movements that began as #MustFall in South Africa in 2015 – holds great promise. The main proposition that the student of decoloniality finds in the charge of cognitive and epistemic decolonisation is the demand to include the thinking, writing and work of Black scholars or scholars of (post)-colonial origins. This proposition, while laudable, is interesting in the kinds of problems that it gives the philosopher working in the area of epistemic justice and decolonisation.
The ‘Decolonial Problem’, then, is constitutive of two questions. In analysing these questions, I will look to the context that I am mostly familiar with, which is Africa. I make this disclaimer owing to how I wish to analyse the ‘Decolonial Problem’, vis-à-vis what decolonialists are conceptualizing as African epistemology. Firstly, how do we use African epistemology? Put differently, does African epistemology give us new philosophical problems, or is it in service of western philosophical problems? Derived from this question is the question concerning how we should treat the response to the first question if it is answered in the affirmative, which is to say if African epistemology is used in service of answering western philosophical problems? This quagmire is what I wish to apply myself to in this treatise.
Dimpho Celeste Maponya – Decolonisation and African Feminism: The Nexus of Gender and Race
While it can be argued that there have been considerable developments within the decolonisation discourse generally, my view is that decolonisation, as both a concept and a discourse, still needs to be further explored in order for it to be comprehensively conceptualized. I will argue that the disassociation of the discourse of decolonisation from that of feminism in the African context hinders the advancement of decolonisation. In my talk, I will, firstly, highlight the place of African feminism in the decolonisation discourse by demonstrating how African feminism can be used as a tool for decolonisation. Secondly, I will show the links between race and gender as significant categories for colonialism and will use this to argue for the significance of both race and gender in the decolonisation discourse. And since race is accounted for by decolonisation, my contention is that gender should be accounted for through African feminism. Lastly, I will argue that if the project of gender is not as central to decolonisation as is the project of race, then decolonisation scholars will be no different to the very Eurocentric discourse they are attempting to redress, thus, compromising the decolonisation discourse.
Yoknyam Dabale – Feminism is not for Everybody: Decolonizing African Feminist Philosophy
„The root of African feminist philosophy is colonial and doesn’t sufficiently address issues affecting women.“
Modern African women are marginalized. The attempt by African feminists to eradicate women’s oppression is inadequate because the foundation of feminism is rooted in western ideas of womanhood. I argue that a better model for addressing the repression of women in Africa should incorporate indigenous knowledge and the examples of female African leaders, liberators, and warriors.