2010 – The Politics of Knowledge

The Politics of Knowledge: Latin American Studies and Postcolonial Theory

International Conference sponsored by the Centre for Postcolonial Studies and the British Academy’s UK-Latin American and the Caribbean Link Programm.

6 – 7 May 2010, Small Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London

This conference examines and seeks to intervene in an ongoing debate on the politics of knowledge. For at least two centuries now, the only knowledge which has been accorded “respectable” status, whether the site of its production is London or Brasilia, is the knowledge produced within the modern human sciences, sciences that were born in Europe. In recent times intellectuals and activists, especially but not only in Latin America, have been asking whether such knowledge is in fact indubitably superior to the knowledge which it has displaced, and have asked questions about the social, political and ethical consequences of the adoption of modern western knowledge. This project aims to bring such debates in Latin America into conversation with currents discussions in the English speaking world, as a first step towards creating an ongoing dialogue between scholars from Americas and the United Kingdom.

The conference will bring a select group of internationally renowned specialists in the humanities and social sciences to Goldsmiths, University of London thanks to the generous sponsorship from the British Academy UK-Latin American and the Caribbean Link Programme.  Our invited speakers have been invited mainly from the fields of anthropology, political theory, literary and cultural studies and they come from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States of America. They will focus on questions regarding the epistemic status of modern sciences, and the politics of knowledge production, paying special attention to the role of the university.

Confirmed participants:

Claudia Briones (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

Esteban Krotz (Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán)

Gustavo Lins Ribeiro (Universidade de Brasilia)

Walter Mignolo (Duke University)

Daniel Mato (Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero)

Eduardo Restrepo ((Pontifica Universidad Javeriana)

John Gledhill (University of Manchester)

Nicola Miller (UCL)

Michael Dutton (Goldsmiths)

Sanjay Seth (Goldsmiths)

Steven Rubenstein (University of Liverpool)

Stephen Nugent (Goldsmiths)

Andrew Canessa (Essex)

Lucy Taylor (University of Aberystwyth)

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