Conference Programme

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Thursday, 14 January 2016

12:00 am

[entrance hall Gießhaus]

1:30 pm


1:45 pm

Welcome & Introduction (Ute Clement, Vice President, & Winfried Speitkamp, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences)



Opening Address (Aram Ziai & Elisabeth Tuider)

2:15 pm

Keynote I

The Decolonial Otherwise As a Cosmopolitan Project”
Siba Grovogui, Cornell University (USA)



3:15 pm

Coffee Break

3:45 pm


  1. Me and the Others - the Researching Subject in Postcolonial Research
    Panel Chair: Anke Ortlepp



For More Feelings of Unease within White Research Practice!
A Critical Whiteness Perspective on Postcolonial Research Encounters”

Katharina Fritsch, University of Vienna


“‘Committing Epistemicide?’ On the Impossibility of Doing Ethnography”
Luisa Hoffmann, Goethe University Frankfurt


The Conditions that Make a Difference: Decolonial Historical Realism, the Researcher and the Process of Decolonization”

Julia Suárez-Krabbe, Roskilde University

  1. De/reconstructing Global Knowledge Orders
    Panel Chair: Franziska Müller



Derrida and the Hospitality in International Relations”
Vjosa Musliu, Ghent University


The Philosophy of Liberation and the Place of Islamic Epistemologies
in the Modern Social Sciences and Humanities”

Latife Reda, Lebanese American University


On Epistemic Violence. Agaciro & the Limits of Moving beyond
Wilsonian Interventionist Knowledge Production on Rwanda”

Olivia Rutazibwa, University of


Africa in Oceania: Thinking besides the Subaltern”
Robbie Shilliam, Queen Mary University of London

  1. Travelling Normative Concepts
    Panel Chair: Franziska Dübgen

    [Room 0614]


Should Frankfurt be Decolonized or Provincialized?”
Floris Biskamp, University of Kassel


Border thinking? Unsettling Basic Concepts of Critical Migration Research and Activism”
Aino Korvensyrjä, University of Helsinki


"Exploring Ethics and Researching Rights in a Globalized World"
Mariam Popal, University of Bayreuth

6:15 pm


6:30 pm

Lecture Performance
“Dismantling the Master's Archive”


Laura Digoh, KARFI - Schwarzes Kollektiv für Empowerment und rassismuskritische Bildung

Jeanette Ehrmann, Hanover Institute of Philosophical Research (FIPH)

Darja Klingenberg, Goethe University Frankfurt

7:15 pm


7:30 pm

Panel discussion (öffentliches Panel in deutscher Sprache)

Postkolonial forschen in Deutschland – Stand und Hindernisse in den Gesellschaftswissenschaften”
Panel Chair: Aram Ziai


Manuela Boatcă, University of Freiburg
Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen
Noa Ha, Technical University of Berlin

8:30 pm

Close and walk/transfer to restaurant

9:00 pm

Dinner at Arkadaş, Sickingenstr. 10
(not included in conference fee)

Friday, 15 January 2016

9:00 am

Keynote II

Decolonizing Feminism: Theories and Practices from the Margins”
Aida Hernández Castillo, CIESAS (Mexico)


10.00 am


    4. Materiality Matters
    Panel Chair: Daniel Bendix

    [Room 0608]


The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating” – Knowledge Production as Political Praxis in the Context of Transnational Solidarity”
Sebastian Garbe, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen


The Imperial Connection: Visualising the Colonial Economy”
Branwen Gruffydd Jones, Goldsmiths College London


Silencing the Female Subaltern again?
About the Hierarchical Organization of Southern NGOs against Neoliberal Globalization”

Christine Löw, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences



    5. Transforming Power Relations in Research and Teaching
    Panel Chair: Pinar Tuzcu

    [Room 0614]


Community Accountable Scholarship within a Participatory Action Research (PAR) Model”
Melanie Brazzell, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin


Suggestions on how to Overcome the Privilege of the Last Word in Research”
Mechthild Exo,
Freie Universität Berlin


How the Decolonization of the History of Ideas can be Helpful
for the Decolonization of Research on Democracy”
Sibylle de la Rosa, University of Heidelberg



    6. Decolonizing the Interview
    Panel Chair: Elisabeth Tuider



"Decolonizing the Interview: A Futile and Treacherous Pursuit?"
Maria Eriksson Baaz, University of Gothenburg


"Receiving and Giving in Research Practice. Reflections on Research in Transcultural Spaces”
Cornelia Giebeler, University of Bielefeld


Building alliances to post-colonize the interview:
Towards feminist activist research”

Mirjam Tutzer, Goethe University Frankfurt

12:30 pm

Lunch Break

[Entrance hall Gießhaus]

1:30 pm


    7. Re-reading the Colonial Archive
    Panel Chair: Julia Hauser



Constructions of Childhood and Deviance: In Need of a Post-Colonial Turn
Chandni Basu, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg


Challenging the Domestic Colonial Archive: Towards a Theory from the Italian South”
Carmine Conelli, University of Naples “L'Orientale”


"Barking Up the Wrong Tree, or Why a Re-reading of the Colonial Archive
Should Make Methodological Nationalism One of Our Lesser Worries"
Peo Hansen, Linköping University

    8. Transdisciplinary & Decolonial? Practicing Participatory Research
    Panel Chair: Miriam Trzeciak and Joshua Kwesi Aikins
    [Room 0608]


Decolonizing Migration Research: Risks and Side Effects of Moving
beyond the Confines of Academic Standard”
María Teresa Herrera Vivar, Goethe University Frankfurt


The Ethics and Politics of Doing Research ‘Otherwise’: Reflections on Practicing Participatory Research as Decolonizing Methodology”
Johanna Leinius, Goethe University Frankfurt


"Academic Institutional Challenges for a Decolonialization of our Research Practices. Experiences from Collaborative Research with Women's Rights Organizations in Mexico”
Anika Meckesheimer, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Mexico City


"'We want to be the Protagonists of our own Stories!' Reflections on a Participatory Research Project of Researchers and Domestic Workers in The Netherlands & South Africa”
Helen Schwenken, University of Osnabrück

4:00 pm

Coffee Break

[Entrance hall Gießhaus]

4:30 pm

Keynote III

Postcolonial and Decolonial Reconstructions:
The Difference that Haiti Makes”

Gurminder K. Bhambra, University of Warwick (UK)


5:30 pm

Spoken Word Performances

"A Fanfare for the Colonised"
Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Interdisciplinary artist and spoken word performer

"Instead of Explanations"

Moona Moon, Kanaktivist, poet, performer

Farewell (Aram Ziai, & Elisabeth Tuider)

6:15 pm

End of conference