Paris 8 Saint-Denis University
2, rue de la Liberté – 93526 Saint-Denis
Room C103 (Building C, 1st floor)

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.

January 12th, 2017 from 12:00 to 16:30 at Paris 8 University – Room C103.


  • Rada Iveković (CIPH / Terra): National sovereignty and translation. Towards a cognitive justice. Decenterings in intersectionality
  • Orazio Irrera (LLCP–Paris 8): Decenterings, 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

Moderation: Béatrice Rettig (LLCP-Paris 8)