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Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

Over the last two decades the decolonial turn has swept across academic disciplines, exposing the configurations of power that have survived the formal end of colonial rule. Decolonial perspectives call into question prevalent modes of producing scientific knowledge, critically addressing theoretical approaches, methodologies, fieldwork practices and citational politics. Yet, as calls to decolonizing the university have circulated widely, significant questions have been raised about the incorporation and watering down of this notion in institutional contexts. The international conference will consider the implications of the decolonial turn for the fields of geography and environmental studies. 

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Over the last two decades the decolonial turn has swept across academic disciplines, exposing the configurations of power that have survived the formal end of colonial rule. Decolonial perspectives call into question prevalent modes of producing scientific knowledge, critically addressing theoretical approaches, methodologies, fieldwork practices and citational politics. Yet, as calls to decolonizing the university have circulated widely, significant questions have been raised about the incorporation and watering down of this notion in institutional contexts. The international conference will consider the implications of the decolonial turn for the fields of geography and environmental studies. 

Through keynote conservations, round tables, student-led events and the IGS North-South doctoral seminar, it will explore colonial legacies and decolonial projects within Swiss, European, and international networks of geography and environmental studies and the university at large.

The conference is organized by GRAAR (Group Reflecting and Acting Against Racism), an initiative of UNIL’s Institute of geography and sustainability, in collaboration with AEA (Association of Afro-descendent Students UNIL – EPFL), and IGS North-South . It is co-funded by UNIL’s Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment and IGS North-South.

This event will be preceded on October 5 by the pre-conference Decolonial and anti-racist feminist geographies, organized by the Feminist Geography Thematic Group of the Swiss Association of Geography (ASG ). This will include a keynote by Prof. Parvati Raghuram (Open University), a roundtable featuring Swiss feminist scholars and a networking event.

Programm

Thursday, October 6

9h30-13h00: IGS North-South Advanced Doctoral Seminar in Political Ecology

  • Speakers: Gretchen Walters (University of Lausanne), Irène Hirt (University of Geneva)

This event is open to IGS North-South and CUSO PhD Students. For registering please email susu.myat@unil.ch by September 5th.

14h45-15h00: Opening Remarks

15h00-16h30: Round Table – The Legacies of European Colonialism in Geography and Environmental Studies: Perspectives from France and Switzerland

  • Irène Hirt (University of Geneva)
  • Elisio Macamo (University of Basel)
  • Mélissa Manglou (Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University and Observatoire Terre-Monde)
  • Fabio Rossinelli (University of Italian Switzerland).

This event will be held in French

16h30: Coffee Break 

17h00-19h00: Keynote Conversation, Decolonizing Knowledge Production

  • Barbara Nakangu (World Wildlife Fund Netherlands).
  • Michelle North (University of Kwazulu-Natal), Francis Nyamnjoh (University of Cape Town).

19h00: Aperitif 

Friday, October 7

10h00-10h30: Welcome Coffee

10h30-12h00:Roundtable, Decolonizing Culture and the City

  • David Gogishvili (University of Lausanne),
  • Jenny Mbaye (City University of London),
  • Martin Müller (University of Lausanne),
  • Julie Ren (University of Zurich),
  • Mariana Reyes (Queen Mary University of London).

14h30-16h30: Keynote Conversation, Colonial /Decolonial Habitation

  • Amber Murrey (Oxford University)
  • Iokiñe Rodriguez (University of East Anglia).

16h30-17h30: Aperitif

17h30-20h00 : Thank You For the Rain by Julia Dahr (screening and discussion) event organized by the Association of Afro-descendent Students UNIL-EPFL (AEA).

This event will be held in person only

Places

  • Géopolis, room 1628 - Quartier Mouline
    Lausanne, Switzerland (1015)

Event format

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Thursday, October 06, 2022
  • Friday, October 07, 2022

Keywords

  • decolonizing, decolonization, geography, environment, environmental studies

Contact(s)

  • Miriam Tola
    courriel : miriam [dot] tola [at] unil [dot] ch

Information source

  • Thalia Asper
    courriel : thalia [dot] asper [at] unil [dot] ch

To cite this announcement

« Decolonizing geography and environmental studies? », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, https://calenda.org/1018414

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