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Seminar with Madina Tlostanova: "Decolonial aesthesis, contemporary art and the post-Soviet (absent) actor in the trans-modern world"

Published on 28 November, 2013

At Södertörn university 6 December, 10-12 in Seminar room MA 786.

Joint Seminar at CBEES with Gender Studies and Philosophy, Södertörn University with Professor Madina Tlostanova.

Title: "Decolonial aesthesis, contemporary art and the post-Soviet (absent) actor in the trans-modern world"

Discussant: Professor Irina Sandomirskaja

Seminar description: Decolonial aesthesis is an important part of unbinding our imaginary from the limitations of normative Western aesthetics. Decolonizing aesthesis as the way we feel and percept the world in transmodern (overcoming modernity) post- and decolonial art is a crucial part in the emancipation of our subjectivity and knowledge.

Particularly interesting is the contemporary art of the post-Soviet and post-Socialist space intersecting in a number of ways with postcolonial assumptions. One of the important aspects of this decolonial art, cinema, theater, fiction, primarily coming from the post-dependence regions as an intersection of post-totalitarianism and post-colonialism, is the changing tempo-local relations. They cannot be described any more in terms of Bakhtin’s chronotope or Foucault’s heterotopia, unable to express the multiplicity of spatial-temporal relations in question.

It is important to focus on the new chronotopes such as the chronotope of transit, of postcolonial and post-totalitarian city, of unhomeliness and migrantism, of war and de-urbanization, the post-apocalyptic and post-idyllic chronotopes. Rethinking of the museum as a colonial institution of knowledge production and distribution also comes forward together with the task of liberating the museum from its previous progressivism in the rendition of time and space as well as other recognizable vices of modernity.

Madina Tlostanova, Dr. of literature and postcolonial studies, professor at the People's Friendship University of Russia, Moscow. Lecturer at Duke University at the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities (Duke University) in collaboration with The Institute for Transcultural and Postcolonial Studies (Inputs, University of Bremen, Germany) and The Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy (NiNsee, Amsterdam, Holland). Her work centers on De-colonial Option & the Humanities.

http://rane.academia.edu/MadinaTlostanovaoint Seminar at CBEES with gender studies
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