Month: November 2012

Polylog Colloquium in Berln

Polylog, which used to run an excellent journal for intercultural philosophy, still puts on colloquia in that area:


12 to 14 December 2012, ‘polylog: Forum for Intercultural

Philosophy’ is organising its 3rd Intercultural Interdisciplinary
Colloquium, in cooperation with the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin
and the Forum Scientiarum at the University of Tübingen.
The topic of the colloquium is:

Comparing Postcolonial Experiences and Critiques Across Regions

Over the last two decades or so, theoretical discussions of
postcolonial experiences in diverse parts of the world have developed
and grown into veritable discursive subfields according to different
regional clusters and patterns of connections that in part can be
mapped out in terms of transregional networks, links or affiliations
that have grown out of shared histories, or periods of shared
experiences, or the like. Some regions of what is called the ›Global
South‹ have been far more influential or featured more prominently in
terms of visible (or internationally acknowledged) theory-building
while corresponding debates in other regions have either not been
taken on board or developed differently. Some thinkers have followed
a tendency to generalise about ›postcolonialim(s)‹ while others have
taken care in tracking and tracing specific social and historical
experiences empirically before building regionally specific or
transregional analytic models on such grounds.

The idea of our Colloquium is to get specialists of, and participants
in, these different regional and/or transregionally linked debates
into a fruitful exchange, in interdisciplinary and intercultural
discussions that look closely at social experiences in different
contexts, and that draw creatively from philosophy, anthropology,
history, and postcolonial theory, among others, in order to discuss
them. An important common interest will be the link between
experience and theory (and theorising), and the ways in which
localities, places, languages and social settings underpin or
influence thinking and debates, within wider frameworks and
parameters that are shaped, and partly recast and reflected, by power
relationships, both within the different regions as well as between

The programme of the colloquium can be downloaded here:

English and German (there will be no translations)

Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin (Germany)

Kai Kresse (Berlin) and Niels Weidtmann (Tübingen)

Website of the Colloquium: