Special sessions

Thursday 12 January 2017 – Decenterings
12:00-16:30, Room C103 (Building C, 1st floor) at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis – 2, rue de la Liberté 93526 Saint-Denis (M ° Saint-Denis University)

After the subaltern, post-colonial and decolonial studies, the notion of decentering in the approach to the construction, organization, translation, transmission and reception of knowledge is renewed for both questionning hegemonic knowledge, but also to leave room for other logics and other knowledges, for new politics of the common.
It is particularly as a relational dimension that the notion of decentering proves to be the most interesting in terms of an efficient critique of neo-colonialisms and persistent cleavages in globalization.
It affects the conceptualization function, as inherited from a Western modernity locked in on itself. It is not only about challenging the conditions and frameworks within which one thinks but also to do otherwise.
The notion of decentering thus indicates an exit from the usual problematic of the translatability of disciplinary fields into one another, and of their productions according to central and peripheral logic, inviting us to focus on what exceeds them.
We would like to propose during this meeting the exploration of the genealogies that presided over the elaboration of this notion, and its dynamics of renewal in the alley of the current critique of dominant epistemologies. The interest is not to make a paradigm, but more simply we want to invite to seize its operative potentials as much in terms of criticism as of creativity, when it is necessary to redraw the fields of research and their questions, in paying particular attention to its possible impact on new thoughts of social, political and critical knowledge.

Rada Iveković (CIPH / Terra): National sovereignty and Translation. Towards a cognitive justice. Intersectionality Offsets
Orazio Irrera (LLCP-Paris 8): Decentrations, Powers and Narrations in Edward Said
Valentin Schaepelynck (Experice-Paris 8): Decenterings and Institutional Analysis in Education
Amir Kianpour (LLCP-Paris 8): Non-synchronism as a Mode of subjectivation


Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Feminists and Queer Transnationalities, Translocalities, Decolonialities
12:00-15:00, Room C103 (Building C, 1st floor) at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis – 2, rue de la Liberté 93526 Saint-Denis (M ° Saint-Denis University)

“One of the most useful approaches to thinking about power globally is the notion of “scattered hegemonies”, which shows the existence of many configurations of hot and cold powers, scattered around the world, at different scales and in different records – financial, military, ethnic, media, technical.
I propose to add to it the notion of coformations to think power relations, subjects, conditions and behaviors.
Indeed, in mainstream feminist theorizing, gender has often been conceptualized as a single axis, vector, or system, or in terms of binary sex classes.
However, in the United States, “of color” feminists have usefully criticized this reduction, this singularization that erases racism, sexuality and social class, as well as genealogies, sedimentations and current practices of genocide and colonialism and slavery.
In their wake, critical feminist analyzes consider power to be organized along separate axes or vectors, according to inter-secting systems that converge around “points of articulation”, which combine in “articulations” multiform, which are “consubstantial”, which form “nodes”, or which constitute “assemblages of power”.
I think it is more useful to conceptualize these powers, not as separate lines, even if they intersect, but rather always / already as multidimensional coformations in which gender, race, sexuality, social class Postcoloniality, etc., operate inseparably, both in the registers of discourse and in those of materiality”. – Reflections on transnational feminist alliances, PB

Paola Bacchetta (UC Berkeley): Intersectionality: State of the Research
Dawud Bumaye (Collectif QTR / Ed. Metagraphs): The Contribution of Postcolonial Feminists and Queers of Colors to Antiracist Movements in France
Fatma Çıngı Kocadost (University of Lausanne / EHESS): Forging Links for a Transnational Struggle against Domination Relations in Turkey and France
Presentation and moderation of the discussion: Türkan Yıldız (EHESS)


Art & Media Worshops

Workshops dates:
• January 5, 2017, at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis
• February 2, 2017, at the Université Paris 8 Saint-Denis
• March 2, 2017, at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis
• April 6, 2017, at the Khiasma Space, Les Lilas
• February 2, 2018, at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis
• February 3, 2018, at the General Nord-Est, Paris
• March 7, 2018, at the General Nord-Est, Paris

With the participations of:
Pavel Abushkin / Rojda Alaç / Majd Al-Dik / Serdar Ay / Mehtap Ayik / Paola Bacchetta / Bahija Benkouka / James Billong / Magdalena Brand / Women Solidarity Collective Kobanê / Leila Elyaakabi / Rolando Espinosa / Sophia Djitli / Jules Falquet / Camille Fauroux / Clotilde Fauroux / Emmanuel Ferrand / Palestine Cinema Festival / Eva Gaud / Marc Hakim / Amel Hamlaoui / Mouayia Hammoud / Hapuc Hernandez / Remi Hess / Naïssam Jalal / Gerdel Jons / Attendi Joyce / Naji El Khatib / Yasmina Kebbab / Amir Kianpour / Fatma Çıngı Kocadost / Samuel Leroux / Rania Madi / Bahar Majdzadeh / Mesopotamian Academy of Social Sciences in Qamishlo / May Odeh / Rawan Odeh / Zahra Pourazizi / Loubna Qaffou / Béatrice Rettig / Somayeh Rostampour / Valentin Schaepelynck / Mansur Tayfuri / Türkan Yıldız / Assia Zaino / Zazlooz.

In cooperation with INTER-ZONES Art & Politics, with the support of the Cooperative Noserver / P-Node Server for Radiophonic Livestream, and the host of Paris 8 Saint-Denis University / Paris 8 Radio, Khiasma Space / R22 Radio Tout Monde, La Générale Nord-Est / Radio Studio.