This summer school course will focus on the communal and modern/colonial histories, looking in particular at the role of museums and other cultural institutions and their (potential) impact on society. The school will analyse the conceptual foundation of “modern” cultural institutions questioning the idea of “modernity’ through a decolonial perspective. We will explore the closing of Western modernity through the end of the contemporary and the decolonial opening toward the communal.
The 11th edition of the former Middelburg Decolonial Summer School will be located at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. The summer school will focus on the communal and modern/colonial histories, looking in particular at the role of museums and other cultural institutions and their (potential) impact on society. The school will analyse the conceptual foundation of “modern” cultural institutions questioning the idea of “modernity’ through a decolonial perspective. We will explore the closing of Western modernity through the end of the contemporary and the decolonial opening toward the communal. The Van Abbemuseum has a collection of modern and contemporary art and tries to apply decolonial and ‘demodern’ thinking to its activities, and the course will make use of the museum as a site for critical inquiry as well as looking at other cultural institutions contexts.
The core of the Middelburg Decolonial School has been the search for paths of delinking, healing and re-existence. This year the focus will be on the closing of modernity and especially the place that the museum and other cultural institutions have in that process. It will examine how the Colonial Matrix of Power and modern politics of time sustain the status quo and what needs to change. We will foreground the end of the contemporary and the openings that the communal offers towards a decolonial horizon of meaning.
The communal is grounded on respect for the living, on cooperation and care to live together in plenitude beyond the human-animal and the human-earth divides. We will address the challenges to engage in recovering the freedom of decolonial joy and decolonial love— and with it regenerate the communal praxis of living.
The course is a joint partnership with the Centre For Global Studies & The Humanities Duke University.
Jean Casimir (Haiti)
Maria Lugones (Argentina/US)
Gloria Wekker (The Netherlands/Suriname)
Fabian Barba (Ecuador)
Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark)
Charles Esche (UK/The Netherlands)
Rosalba Icaza (Mexico/ The Netherlands)
Patricia Kaersenhout (The Netherlands/Suriname)
Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (Rumania)
Madina Tlostanova (Circassia/Sweden)
Designed for graduate students (Ph.D. and M.A.) from all disciplinary backgrounds. The course is also open to interested advanced undegraduate students. (Students from University College Roosevelt in Middelburg can obtain full credits with the writing of a final research paper).
The course will make the students acquainted with the most current debates around decolonial critical thought, in particular in relation to the communal.
Two hours of class in the morning and two hours of class in the afternoon. Reading preparation for the course will also be required.
Housing through: a third party.
Please note that we have secured rooms in the city of Eindhoven at budgethotel.nl these rooms may be quadruple, triple, double and single depending on availability.
If you prefer another type of accommodation please contact Teresa Cos Rebollo: firstname.lastname@example.org at the Van Abbemuseum once your spot in the course is secured.
For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying: