Cornelia Goethe Centrum

Cornelia Goethe Colloquium: Europe: What can it teach us? mit Nikita Dhawan am 10.07.2019

Vortragssprache: Englisch

Der Vortrag zum Thema „Europe: What can it teach us?“ findet am 10.07.2019 im PEG-Gebäude am Campus Westend in Raum 1.G191 von 18-20 Uhr c.t. statt.

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Nikita Dhawan: Europe: What can it teach us?

The irony of Europe’s self-perception as harbingers of enlightenment values and as a ‘civilizing force’ is that this positive self-assessment is only possible through historical amnesia about the costs of this mission in the form of slavery and genocide in the colonies through military, material and epistemic violence. The glorifying narratives about Europe disregard the coercive context in which Europeans emerged as ethical subjects in the guise of redeemers of the ‘backward’ people and dispensers of freedom, (women’s) rights and (gender) justice. Unfortunately, as long as Europe and Europeans are unable and unwilling to learn from their historical mistakes and failures they are condemned to repeat them, as witnessed by the shameful European response to the ongoing refugee crisis. Till Europe acknowledges its historical crimes there is no hope for an ethical relation between Europeans and non-Europeans. My talk will address the choice that Europe must face up to: Either it continues its former trajectory of claiming moral, economic and military superiority visà- vis the non-European world or it can rise to the challenge of constructing another Europe by being responsible and respectful to difference and alterity and through a post-imperialist politics.

Nikita Dhawan is Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Gießen, Germany. She has held visiting fellowships at Universidad de Costa Rica; Institute for International Law and the Humanities, The University of Melbourne, Australia; Program of Critical Theory, University of California, Berkeley, USA; University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain; Pusan National University, South Korea; Columbia University, New York, USA. She received the Käthe Leichter Award in 2017 for outstanding achievements in the pursuit of women’s and gender studies and in support of the women’s movement and the achievement of gender equality. Her latest publications include: Decolonizing Enlightenment: Transnational Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in a Postcolonial World (ed., 2014); Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy (co-ed., 2015); Difference that makes no Difference: The Non-Performativity of Intersectionality and Diversity (ed., 2017), Reimagining the State: The Challenge for Progressive Transformative Politics (ed., 2019).

Zeit und Ort

10.07.2019 18-20 Uhr c.t.
PEG-Gebäude, Raum 1.G191

Veranstalterin

Cornelia Goethe Centrum für Frauenstudien und die Erforschung der Geschlechterverhältnisse (CGC)
Konzeption: Helma Lutz, Marianne Schmidbaur, Sandra Seubert, Anja Wolde
Koordination: Franziska Vaessen

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