The Covid-19 pandemic actualises and strengthen old colonial structures. Borders are closed, refugees are rejected and global demarcation marks are drawn anew. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen may speak to the Danes, but who speaks for those who have no home, those who are on the run or for the billions living in nations, where the lack of respirators are the least of their worries? The state of emergency, once nothing more than a theoretical phenomenon, is now clear as day.
The event is free, but requires registration.
The seminar will also be live streamed on Kunsthal Aarhus' webpage.
Moderator: Mads Anders Baggesgaard, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Aarhus University and Head of CLSC
Participants: Achille Mbembe, Philosopher, Political Scientist and Theorist. Mbembe will be joining us online.
Jens Seeberg, Professor of Anthropology, Aarhus University, and part of the HOPE research project on COVID-19
We tend to speak of colonialism from a merely historical perspective. By using a term like post colonialism, it is even implied that we are ready to consider the colonial as a thing of the past. Yet, the question remains; is colonialism truly a closed chapter and have the colonial machinery ceased to exist? Have previous power and racism structures mutated into new shapes? Has global capitalism sprung from a colonialist mindset?
During this series of seminars, we will explore how colonialism affects the world of today: From pandemic power structures to an individual’s sense of self. By delving into different aspects of colonialism, we will try to understand and broaden the debate on the colonial period in a way which enables new knowledge and understanding of the world.
The Persistence of Colonialism is related to three solo exhibitions by Congolese Sammy Baloji (1978), Belgian Sven Augustijnen (1970) and Jamaican Ebony G. Patterson (1981) in Kunsthal Aarhus. The seminar series is created in partnership between the Centre for the Study of the Literatures and Cultures of Slavery (CSLC), Aarhus University and Kunsthal Aarhus.
At each seminar, one specific perspective on colonialism will be presented and discussed by invited artists, researchers and curators who work with this particular aspect. All seminars will be moderated by Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Head of CLSC, Mads Anders Baggesgaard.