Silent University Hamburg. Public Seminar (1)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6 pm
Nigeria During Slavery in West Africa
Lecture by Abimbola Odugbesan*
In his lecture Abimbola Odugbesan is going to talk about the history of slavery in West Africa from the 16th to the 19th century and its consequences up to the globalized present. Abimbola Odugbesan is a lecturer of the Silent University Hamburg. He is a lecturer of Social Sciences and English in Ibadan, Nigeria. He has lived in Hamburg since 2013.
Toward a Transversal Pedagogy
Discussion with Nikita Dhawan and María do Mar Castro Varela*
In times, in which the public is increasingly confronted with an authoritarian body of thought, it is yet even more important to strengthen liberal and tolerant standpoints. An expanded educational system can contribute to that. One, which reflects the social conditions, in which the existing educational work is embedded. Coming from a decolonial standpoint and resting on work by W.E.B. DuBois and Gayatri Spivak, Nikita Dhawan and María do Mar Castro Varela will investigate the question of how current hegemonic structures can be reconfigured. They thereby call for a political and economic re-design, which is to be extended through an aesthetic education, and which demands an epistemic change.
María do Mar Castro Varela is a professor for Social Work and General Pedagogy at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin. As a guest professor she has taught at, amongst other places, the Zurich University of the Arts and at Innsbruck University. Her polemic Ist Integration nötig? (‘Is integration necessary?’) was published in 2013.
Nikita Dhawan is a Professor for Political Science at Innsbruck University and the Director of the Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Her most recent publications are Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy (2015) and Decolonizing Enlightenment: Transnational Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in a Postcolonial World (2014).
* Both events in English with a German consecutive interpretation.