Hall Center For The Humanities


Fall Faculty Colloquium

Wed., Nov. 5, 2014, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Hall Center

In his seminal study of anti-colonial struggle, The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon discusses what scholars have more recently referred to as the coloniality of knowledge. References to this idea emphasize that mainstream research enterprises are not unbiased readings of objective reality or identity-neutral tools wielded by dispassionate or position-less observers.In the last lines of The Wretched of the Earth, Fanon charges concerned scholars with the task of decolonizing knowledge: that is, to illuminate forms of domination in conventional academic wisdom and to construct new concepts, based on marginalized perspectives and experiences, that provide the foundations for broad human liberation. This task of decolonizing knowledge is the organizing theme of the 2014 Fall Faculty Colloquium. All KU faculty and graduate students are welcome to attend Colloquium sessions.

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