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Decolonizing Justice?

Conference Announcement

Theme: Decolonizing Justice?
Subtitle: Bringing Political Theory and Postcolonial Theory into
Type: International Workshop
Institution: Justus Liebig University Giessen
Location: Giessen (Germany)
Date: 26.–27.4.2018

Contemporary claims for justice reflect the continuing presence and
pertinence of the colonial past in unmediated ways. Whether it be the
controversy over looted art objects and human remains in museums and
research institutions, the call for a decolonization of universities
and of a Eurocentric curriculum as articulated by activist scholars
and students, the various movements for reparations for colonial
crimes against humanity, or the debt relief for countries of the
global South – the question of what is just under contemporary
conditions cannot circumvent the critique of colonial continuities.

At the same time, there is an apparent gap between theories of
justice on the one hand and postcolonial theories on the other.
Instead of enabling a critical analysis of historically grown power
relations, theories of justice with a universal scope are often
suspected to foster a moral paternalism, or even to provide a
justification of neocolonial domination. Postcolonial approaches, by
contrast, are criticized for their reluctance to lay bare their
normative assumptions such as their implicit conceptions of justice.

Our workshop will use this situation as an opportunity to ask if and
how theories of justice and postcolonial theories can be productively
connected. Therefore, we aim to bring together scholars who work at
the intersection of postcolonialism and justice with different focal
points as well as theoretical and methodological approaches.


Thursday, April 26, 10:00 - 19:30

Regina Kreide & Jeanette Ehrmann (Justus Liebig University Giessen):
Welcome & Introduction

Megan Ming Francis (University of Washington):
From Civil Rights to #BlackLivesMatter: Reimagining Justice

Louiza Odysseos (University of Sussex):
Ethics of/in the Flesh? Decolonising Struggles, Reparative Narrations
and the Possibilities of Sociogeny

Valentin Beck (Free University of Berlin):
How Should We Conceptualize Current Political Responsibilities in the
Light of Colonial Injustices?

Julia Suárez-Krabbe (Roskilde University):
From Transitional Justice to Love and Common-Unity. Contributions to
the Decolonization of Justice on the Basis of the Colombian Peace

Encarnación Gutíerrez Rodríguez (Justus Liebig University Giessen):
Transversal Mourning and Transformative Justice. On Politics of
Affect in the Context of EU Asylum and Migration Regimes

Gurminder K. Bhambra (University of Sussex):
Epistemological Justice and Reparation: Theory for a Global Age

Friday, April 27, 10:00 - 16:00

Julian Culp (Goethe University Frankfurt):
The Postcolonial Critique of Transnational Democratic Education

Franziska Dübgen (University of Koblenz Landau):
Global Injustice(s) in Academia

Ina Kerner (University of Koblenz Landau):
What‘s in a Name? Postcolonial Accounts of Justice and Injustice

Rosalba Icaza Garza (Erasmus University Rotterdam):
Encountering (Each) Other: Women and the Decolonization of
Universities across the Global North/South Divide

Commentaries by Greta Olson (Justus Liebig University Giessen),
Vanessa Eileen Thompson (Goethe University Frankfurt), Katharina
Kaufmann (Justus Liebig University Giessen), Dorothea Gädeke (Goethe
University Frankfurt)

Discussants: Huub van Baar (Justus Liebig University
Giessen/University of Amsterdam), Mahmoud Bassiouni (Goethe
University Frankfurt), Sebastian Garbe (Justus Liebig University
Giessen), Kaouther Karoui (University of Koblenz Landau), Iwona
Kocjan (University of Koblenz Landau), Franziska Martinsen (Leibniz
Universität Hannover), Victor Nweke (University of Koblenz Landau)

Senatssaal, University Main Building, Ludwigstr. 23, 35390 Gießen

Regina Kreide, Jeanette Ehrmann (JLU Giessen)

No registration is required. All interested are welcome.


Jeanette Ehrmann, Dipl.-Pol.
Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Philosophikum II, Haus E, Raum 114
Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21E
D-35394 Gießen
Tel.: +49 641 99-23072