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Between "Orient" and "Occident" - a lecture on the decolonisation of the third space

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As part of this year's ALMA Lecture Series, Karina Bidaseca will speak on the topic of "Decolonizing the Third Space between Oriente and Occidente. Colonial wound and scar, artivism and feminism from the South".

This lecture introduces the notion of the "Third Space", which Karina Bidaseca conceives of as a meeting space for artists situated in the different contexts of enunciation that are commonly thought of as the South. The lecture relies on the synecdoche as a means to claim a narrative memory for the Palestinian, Vietnamese, Afro-indigenous becomings that Karina Bidaseca recognizes as forming distinct expressions of the political subject. Building upon years of research, the lecture raises a captivating question: If the skin of recolonised, feminised bodies is written by the scripts of global fundamentalisms (religious, political, cultural, economic), in what way do the artists who produce work from the South – Grada Kilomba (Portugal), Ana Mendieta (Cuba), Sigalit Landau (Israel), Emily Jacir (Palestine) – write (and contest) according processes of occupation/colonisation/decolonisation on their bodies? How do these processes draw on a re-semanticisation of contemporary signs of feminist agency?

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For hybrid participation please register here.

This year's focus of the ALMA Lecture Series is the thematisation of postcolonial hierarchies and their contestation by the global South. We ask how decolonial perspectives from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia can contribute to understanding and confronting postcolonial hierarchies in political arenas ranging from logistics and trade, food, artivism, feminism, to everyday academic practices of knowledge production and collaborative research.

The ALMA Lecture Series 2023 is organised by the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI) in cooperation with the BMBF network "Postcolonial Hierarchies in Peace & Conflict", the Global Studies Programme (GSP) and the Colloquium Politicum of the University of Freiburg.

Find more information and an overview of all other events in this year's ALMA Lecture Series here.


Who?Karina Bidaseca
Where?Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, KG I HS 1098 & hybrid