The Global South as a community of ‘epistemic’ practice: a conversation

FCT’s work on the Global South has acquired a new focus now. As a new intellectual initiative, it plans to invite scholars, writes and artists working in these areas for conversation, deliberation and interrogative exchanges. If we look at history we can clearly see how the Global South, from time to time, has tried to constitute itself as a separate, often oppositional, ‘interest’ in an unequal world. The famous Asian-African Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955 was a striking example of this effort. The ‘Bandung spirit’, if one can call it, was informed by anti-colonial passion, yearning for agency and autonomy, and the dream of crafting shared futures.

Our time is complicated in new ways. The terms such as ‘nationalism’, ‘development’ and ‘modernity’ do not generate the same ‘structure of feeling’ that they once did decades ago. We cannot jump into the Heraclitean-river of ‘Bandung’ twice.  The panel, however, discussed ways in which new conversation can be initiated to talk about conceptual resources embodied in the myriad practices of the Global South.

participants of WORKSHOP

Frieda Ekotto
Frieda Ekotto is Chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. As an intellectual historian and philosopher with areas of expertise in 20th and 21st-century Anglophone and Francophone literature
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Gaurav Desai
Gaurav Desai is Professor of English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Author of Subject to Colonialism: African Self-Fashioning and the Colonial Library (Duke University Press, 2001) and editor of Teaching the African Novel (MLA, 2009). He has guest
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