C03
Perspectives on arts and decolonisation: enabling knowledge/multiplying epistemologies

Convenors:
Felipe Moreira
Leandro Rocha (UFF - Universidade Federal Fluminense)
Stream:
Utopias and Temporalities
Location:
Elizabeth Fry 01.02
Sessions:
Thursday 5 September, 9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30

Short abstract:

This panel is an invitation for researchers and artists to share their perspectives on how different projects and experiences in arts relate to decolonial perspectives and experiences, be it through rescuing past knowledge or highlighting marginal ones.

Long abstract:

As the legacy of European enlightenment is still present in our times through its all-encompassing and scientific sterilising gaze, numerous researches and projects resist such movement by rescuing past knowledge or attempting to understand marginalised group's epistemological world-makings. As Chakrabarty (2000) advocates, to enable what he calls 'History 2s', the histories that were nullified in the making of an "official" hegemonic and universalising History 1, it is needed to rescue, potentialise and restore the erased sources of the past and present. Alternative epistemologies to the all-seeing white European man (PRATT, 1992), with his male, abled-bodied and heteronormative depiction of reality are flourishing. Hébert (2016) believes that one of Anthropology's main roles is to propagate the multiplicity of knowledge and world-weaving practices away from the linear expectancy of universal truth. The various ways of thinking, making and re-imagining the future through arts (be it literature, dance, painting, installations and many more) rearranges temporalities and spatialities, purging the colonial past directive. Understanding the role of imagination as resistance to systemic violence from the powers-that-be, as Graeber (2004) tells us, is to retake the importance of imagination as a necessary politics to resist domination, depicting and sharing the many ways of being-in-the-world. Through this panel, we invite all researchers and artists to come together and share the multiple ways that collectives, groups and people are rescuing and positivising the many ways art can manifest in our lives, crafting more equal archives and memories for new tomorrows (DELANY, 1984).