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Steps Towards a Global Thought: Thinking from Elsewhere

Friday, October 6, 2017

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room


Arindam Chakrabarti, University of Hawaii
Shahzad Bashir, Brown University 
Veena Das, Johns Hopkins
Leela Gandhi, Brown University 
Sudipta Kaviraj, Columbia University
Micheal Puett, Harvard University
Bhrigupati Singh, Brown Unversity
Behrooz Tabirizi, University of Illinois
Ruth Vanita, University of Montana

This workshop is designed to initiate ongoing conversations addressing questions such as:
How do concepts relate to territories? How do concepts exceed territories? What place might the singular or the local have in relation to such movements, and claims to the global, if partly, but not only as a disruption?  What is western about western thought? In what ways can one work with a range of traditions of thought, in ways that are not looking for “comparison” in terms of sameness? And if not correspondence, then what kinds of movements can one imagine? Or is it impossible today to even speak of “different traditions of thought”? Can there be something called “geophilosophy”, as Deleuze and Guattari say, which makes a claim on the earth rather than “world”? What comes after postcolonial theory? Or is there no “after”? And if there is an after then what might postcolonial theory have been a preparation for?  

Each presenter will give a short 15-20 minute presentation and will be followed by a collaborative discussion. 

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