Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons

Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues

Decolonizing Knowledge and Power:
Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons

A summer school in Barcelona, Spain
July 17 – July 27, 2017

Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons
Barcelona, Spain – July 17-27, 2017

Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

The international Summer School, “Decolonizing Knowledge and Power,” is an undertaking that aims at enlarging the scope of the conversation (analysis and investigation) of the hidden agenda of modernity (that is, coloniality) in the sphere of knowledge and higher education. This course is offered through the Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues, in Barcelona, Spain. The seminar will be held at the UAB-Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Casa de la Convalescencia (Hospital de Sant Pau) .

Affiliated Faculty Members include:

Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Linda Martín Alcoff, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, Emma Pérez, Salman Sayyid, Chela Sandoval,
Ramón Grosfoguel, Houria Bouteldja, Kwame Nimako, Stephen Small,
Sandew Hira, Tiffany Ruby Patterson, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, James Cohen,
Ella Shohat, Daphne V. Taylor-García, Lars Jensen and Alejandro Vallega

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About the Center

summer school in Barcelona                                                  El Mirador de Colón on the Mediterranean Sea in Barcelona

 

Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues is a non-profit and non-governmental organization promoting research, knowledge-making, education (through seminars, workshops, exhibits, round-tables discussions, publications and video-making) and public policy to invent and work towards non-competitive horizons of life, of socio-economic organization and international relations. Non-profit and non-governmental organizations emerge from within civil and political society to address issues that are not supported or attended to by government and corporations. Their function is crucial in building futures that are beyond the regulations of States or the needs of the Corporations. In order for civil and political society to become relevant actors in social transformation and pointing out the limits of corporate values and state regulation, it is necessary to create institutions of knowledge-making not at the service of the state or corporations, but to the benefit of the civil society.

For further inquiries and information, please send e-mail to decolonialknowledge [at] dialogoglobal.com.


 

Las Morenas de España

Las Morenas de España is redefining the Black experience in Spain.

Las Morenas de España

Sienna, Founder & Managing Director, Las Morenas de España
Sienna, Founder & Managing Director Photo: http://www.lasmorenasdeespana.com/

With stories, resources and insights and exclusive travel knowledge, Las Morenas de España is the ultimate destination for anyone with an interest in Spain.  With an intense love for the country as a whole, our founder was frustrated with the lack of representation and stories of Black individuals living in Spain despite the growing number residing in the country.

Danni Community + Content Director, Las Morenas de España
Danni, Community + Content Director Photo: http://www.lasmorenasdeespana.com/

This site is a space for diverse stories to be shared, community to be fostered and for people all over the world to have an inside guide to Spain, inspiring them to experience and enjoy the country in a way they never have before.

Visit Las Morenas de España today for trip planning advice, guides and more.

Rita Bosaho 1st black woman in Spanish Parliament

Rita Bosaho
Born in Equatorial Guinea, Bosaho moved to Spain more than 30 years ago, working as nurse before she became involved in politics. Photograph: Morell/EPA

Source: The Guardian

Podemos’ Rita Bosaho becomes Spain’s first female black MP

As Spanish politicians gear up for what could be weeks of political wrangling, the unprecedented election result has ushered in another first for the country, with Podemos’ Rita Bosaho becoming the first black person to win a seat in Spain’s parliament.

It’s about time, isn’t it?,”

Bosaho told El País. In Spain immigrants make up about 15% of the population but represent less than 1% of the country’s lawmakers.

Born in Equatorial Guinea, 50-year-old Bosaho moved to Spain more than three decades ago, working as a nurse before she made the jump to politics. Motivated by what she calls an

obsession

for human rights and worried about what kind of world she was leaving behind for her child, she decided to add her name to the list of Podemos candidates in the coastal city of Alicante.

It’s a window that’s open to the future,”

she said of her party.  The amount of attention she has received in recent weeks has surprised her, she told Spanish news agency Efe.

Why is it so striking that a black woman could end up in parliament? What does that say about us all being integrated?

The dearth of diversity in Spain’s institutions, she said, comes down to a lack of opportunities.

It’s a structural problem that needs to be put in context, looking at the social panorama of Spain.

Known in Alicante for her activism in gender issues, one of her goals is to push the central government to do more to address violence against women and raise the profile of women in government.

We talk about rights and equality and the constitution protects us,

said Bosaho.

But what happens with institutional representation or women in business? Why aren’t our voices being heard there?

Read the full story on guardian.com.

7th Annual Summer School on BLACK EUROPE

Thank you for the reminder Angela Shaw. Every year I say I am going to take this course one summer. I have to ensure that it comes to pass.

Black Europe

7th Annual Summer School on Black Europe
Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations

Amsterdam, Netherlands – June 23 – July 4, 2014

The Summer School on Black Europe is an intensive two week course offered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 7th annual Summer School on Black Europe will take place from June 23rd to July 4th, 2014 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in collaboration with The Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues (Barcelona, Spain).*

The Summer School on Black Europe will be held at:

International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE)
Lombokstraat 40, 1094 AL Amsterdam, The Netherlands

APPLY HERE

The overall goal of this course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora (and “other” immigrants of color) in Europe. We will focus on and discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies, social organizations and legislation today. This course will begin with a historical overview of the African Diaspora in Europe that traces the involvement of European nations in the colonization of the Americas. We will address the migration and settlement of Blacks in Europe, and examine immigration and citizenship laws that regulated their settlement. We will also look at anti-discrimination laws as they have arisen in various European countries. We compare the history of regulation and management of race and ethnic relations and the discourse surrounding the concept of Blackness and self-identification. Historically, social forces and social movements within Europe have given rise to policies to combat racism. We will trace the chain of events following social and civil conflicts that prompted these policies and analyze the legislative and intellectual discourse produced in the aftermath. In addition, we will explore notions of Blackness as official categorization; as a social construction employed by the dominant groups to indicate (non) belonging; as a Diaspora living within Europe; and as a contestation of the dominant (White) paradigm. In this way, we examine the social mobilization of Blacks to resist domination.

The above issues will be considered in light of the immediacy of contemporary global and European forces, including competing issues and discourses on Islamophobia, increased non-Black migration into and across Europe, and the debt crisis in the European Union.

This course will also seek to address the dimensions of race and ethnic relations that are unique to Europe; examining the ways in which conceptions of the “other” are institutionalized and reproduced; the rise of xenophobia in various EU countries; issues such as global racisms, everyday racism and epistemic racism; the legal definitions and discourse surrounding the conceptualized “other”; and examining the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity. To this effect guest speakers for the 2013 program will be drawn from Germany, Italy and Portugal for case studies in those countries.

Affiliated Faculty Members include:

  • DR. MARTA ARAUJO, UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA (PORTUGAL)
  • DR. PHILOMENA ESSED, ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY
  • DR. JEANETTE DAVIDSON, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
  • DR. DAVID THEO GOLDBERG, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • DR. RAMON GROSFOGUEL, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
  • DR. DIENKE HONDIUS, VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM
  • DR. KWAME NIMAKO, UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
  • DR. STEPHEN SMALL, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
  • DR. MELISSA F. WEINER, COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS
  • DR. GLORIA WEKKER, UNIVERSITEIT VAN UTRECHT
  • DONNA DRIVER-ZWARTKRUIS, VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT

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Tuition

The tuition for this course is € 1600 (or € 1300 without housing) .

Tuition includes housing, the opening reception, lunches on all class days, weekly get-togethers with faculty, a course reader, a public transportation pass, and travel costs and entrance to museums and exhibitions during excursions (excluding an optional excursion to Paris).

The Paris excursion includes participation in a workshop on Migration and Social Movements at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) in Paris.

Tuition does not include travel to and from Amsterdam.

For more information over the Summer School, please email:
blackeurope [at] dialogoglobal.com

K. Nimako, Director
Email: obee [at] telfort.nl

Mano Delea, Project Manager
Email: mano.delea [at] gmail.com

Camilla Hawthorne, Coordinator North America
Email: camilla.hawthorne [at] Berkeley.edu

Giovanni Picker, Coordinator East/Central Europe & Russia
Email: giovanni.picker [at] gmail.com

APPLICATION

About the Center

Logo Dialogo Global

DIÀLEG GLOBAL –

DIÀLEG GLOBAL (Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization promoting research, knowledge-making, education (through seminars, workshops, exhibits, round-tables discussions, publications and video-making) and public policy to invent and work towards non-competitive horizons of life, of socio-economic organization and international relations. Non-profit and non-governmental organizations emerge from within civil and political society to address issues that are not supported or attended to by government and corporations. Their function is crucial in building futures that are beyond the regulations of States or the needs of the Corporations. In order for civil and political society to become relevant actors in social transformation and pointing out the limits of corporate values and state regulation, it is necessary to create institutions of knowledge-making not at the service of the state or corporations, but to the benefit of the civil society.

For further inquiries and information, please send e-mail to blackeurope [at] dialogoglobal.com.
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During the Summer School, we will also be hosting the International Symposium on Black Europe 2014. The 2013 Symposium on Black Europe was titled, Inside Black Europe: Racial Configurations in the Post 9/11 Era (in Europe). Click here for information on the 2012 Symposium.

 

* Previous sessions of the Summer School on Black Europe were organized in Amsterdam, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and NiNsee, the National Institute for the study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy.

A New Comer Beauty Adventure.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our second article, Thania Moore shares her hairy experience in Madrid, Spain. 

One of the things you don’t imagine when you decide to move to a European country probably to settle and spend the rest of your life is living an authentic adventure when it comes to maintaining your normal beauty standards.

I moved to Madrid five years ago with the assurance of moving to one of the most exciting cities in Europe, where there is always something to do, where people are passionate about life, hip, happy and friendly. So how did my beauty adventure get started?  Eventually I found myself running out of cosmetics and having to find a beauty salon, so I went out one day looking for my perfect foundation which I had been using for more than five years. I went to two stores in my city and didn’t have luck, instead I realized I was the only black girl in my neighborhood, or at least it felt so. Later, I went to the most famous and biggest department store in the city. To my frustration, I could only find three options which didn’t suit for one of two reasons: quality and pigment. Some  salesgirls told me with condescending looks that  it was not worthy to bring those colors and brands because there is little clientele for them. So I had to start looking online in London or US.  Something similar happened when I decided to go to a beauty shop to treat my hair; I found myself going to beauty shops in which I felt denigrated, bothered and misunderstood, not because of the language, it was our different cultures. It was really uncomfortable for me having to go to either a place where African descendants are loud, vulgar, and only appreciate women with light skin and have what they call “good hair” or having to go to a place where they only know how to braid hair and were not familiar to new techniques and styles. At moments I felt like calling Naomi Campbell to ask her where the hell she finds a good stylist and makeup artist when she comes to Madrid. It was just frustrating, you see all the locals looking gorgeous and you don’t feel like looking less than that.

Things have changed since then, it’s amazing how in five years Madrid has changed in this regard. There are a huge variety of good quality-reasonable price cosmetics with a variety of pigments, tones and features. And there is also a lot for Afro textured hair. Regarding the beauty shops, like in any other country, you will have to look around to find the one for you and it might take years.  Anyway I’m a DIY (do it yourself) gal now. And thanks to good old YouTube I only visit a local beauty shop once in a while. I have no problem finding my cosmetics now. I feel complete! And it’s fantastic because every gal deserves to walk about Madrid without looking like a hot mess.

Thania Moore
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Thania Moore was born on the Caribbean side of Panama and now lives in Madrid, Spain. In addition to teaching English and pursuing her own studies, she is a wife and the mother of a beautiful 9 year old. She enjoys music, arts, traveling, nature and writing.

Next month Lucie Buissereth gives in to the Swedish countryside.

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – Spain

Hi, I am Zara Chiron ……

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Zest for Life.

Passion for Art, Culture, Languages and the Human experience.
Purpose for days…!
Interested in all things related to African Diaspora.

Lived on 3 continents and in 4 countries.
Speak English, French, Pidgin, (dreadfully broken) Igbo and am currently (struggling) to perfect my conversational Spanish.

My vision is to help develop a PanAfrican continent through artistic expression and conscious business development.

I intend to launch my own production company in the next two years-
But before then, I still have loads of ground work to do!

…..hence my current endeavour:

SEO Content Marketing & Community Management as an intern between France & Spain.
I write, I create, I network,  – via UniSpain.

Care to join me as I embark upon my European Adventure?…

Visit Zara’s website.

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