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Re-Existance, Re-Emergence and De-Colonial Aesthesis

Public Lecture by Walter D. Mignolo

William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature
Director of Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, at Duke University

15 May 2014, 16:15-18:00
KUA, Auditorium 22.0.11

Building on the title of Jeannette Ehlers' exhibit, in connection with the Be.Bop 2014 event, I will explore and explain what I understand as a major geo- and body-political shift in the global order. A shift that is not only taking place in the politico-economic (China, Russia, BRICS) sphere but also in the sphere of the emerging global political society and the politicization of the civil society (intifadas in North Africa and Middle East, indignados/as in Southern Europe, Occupy in US and England, uprising in Ukraine and Venezuela, anti-government protests in Thailand, etc).

Artists are responding in many ways to the global Tsunami. One type of responses is what I will elaborate in terms of re-existence, re-emergence and de-coloniality. This type of response is directly connected with de-coloniality. Artists-social actors involved in this type of response are delinking from modern, post-modern and alter-modern aesthetics and building decolonial aesthesis. We found decolonial aesthesis in the experience, existence and sensibilities built through diaspora (focus on the point of origination) and immigration (focus on the point of arrival). Decolonial aesthesis requires delinking (decoloniality) from modernity, postmodernity and altermodity to affirm (re-existance, re-emergence) the legitimacy of sensibilities that modern, postmodern and alter-modern aesthetics repressed.  De-coloniality and re-existences are being stated loudly and done with flair and confidence. 

All are welcome! No registration required.

Walter Mignolo is William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature at Duke University and has joint appointments in Cultural Anthropology and Romance Studies. He is a specialist of semiotics and a protagonist of decolonial studies. Walter Mignolo has published extensively on semiotics and literary theory, and has in the past years been working on different aspects of the modern/colonial world and exploring concepts such as global coloniality, the geopolitics of knowledge, transmodernity, border thinking, and di/pluriversalities.

The lecture is organized by Network for Migration and Culture in collaboration with curator Alanna Lockward, artist Jeannette Ehlers and Nikolaj Kunsthal.

Walter Mignolo’s lecture is the opening keynote of a bigger event: BE.BOP 2014, SPIRITUAL REVOLUTIONS AND ‘THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA’, curated and conceived by Alanna Lockward and a co-production of Art Labour Archives and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin.

After the lecture, there is a reception at 7-9 pm at Jeannette Ehlers' exhibition JEANNETTE EHLERS: SAY IT LOUD! at Nikolaj Kunsthal. It includes a performance at 8 pm by Charo Oquet: Engungu in White - A celebration of our ancestors and a community spiritual cleaning.

The rest of the BE.BOP 2014 event takes place 16-18 May and includes screenings, talks, debates, and performances. Of special interest for network members is a screening of documentarist John Akomfrah’s acclaimed film “The Stuart Hall Project” (2013) – an evocative portrait of the cultural theorist Stuart Hall, whose writings have been central to many discussions and papers at our conferences and seminars. The film will be shown at the DFI Cinematheque, Gothersgade 55, on Friday 16 May at 4:45 pm (ticket price: 75 DKK).

For more information on BE.BOP 2014, see:

Participation in BE.BOP 2014 is free and open to the public, but if you wish to attend BE.BOP 2014 on 16-18 May and/or the reception at Nikolaj Kunsthal on 15 May, you will need to register. You will find more information on Nikolaj Kunsthal’s website. An updated version and information on registration, venues etc. will be posted on their website soon.