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Postcolonial and Decolonial Reception of European Thought

Call for Papers

Theme: Postcolonial and Decolonial Reception of European Thought
Type: MAP Bristol Conference 2019
Institution: Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)
  Department of Philosophy and the Department of Classics and Ancient
History, University of Bristol
Location: Bristol (United Kingdom)
Date: 6.–7.6.2019
Deadline: 3.4.2019

Philosophers recently have become aware that there is a risk that
Eurocentric biases in philosophical tradition may distort the
scholarship of the broad academic theoretical work. To correct these
biases – which have been critically denounced by the scholars from
non-European continents – the post-colonial scholarship has made an
effort in deconstructing the European theoretical referents, as well
as developing new theories. The aim of this conference is to offer an
opportunity for the discussion of broad issues concerning the
reconsideration of the classical western thought in the post-colonial
era, that is, a revision of the dialogues and tensions among European
and peripheral epistemologies. With this purpose, we plan to center
the discussion in two foci. On the one hand, the deconstruction of
the global influence of the European classical and modern
epistemologies during the past few centuries; and on the other hand,
their present critical reception via a ‘non-Eurocentric’ or
decolonial view. We hope that the conference will contribute to the
good understanding of the post-colonial and decolonial standpoints.

The questions that will be mainly addressed are as follows: To what
extent does the post-colonial scholarship from different fields add
to contemporary philosophy by offering new insights? How are the
European classical and modern epistemologies received and understood
by the different postcolonial/decolonial theoretical approaches? How
is this criticism made? Or what are the basic ideas developed in this

About the Conference

The Conference will be located in room G16, Cotham House, University
of Bristol. The Conference will be divided in four panels (two panels
per day). Every panel will count on the participation of two PGR
speakers (20 min talks), which will be followed by a general
discussion. After a break, we will count on the presentation of two
Keynote speakers (30 min talks), which will also be followed by a
general discussion.

- Panel 1: Decolonising Classics
Here, we expect to receive abstracts regarding the
Postcolonial/Decolonial reflection on the process of the reception of
Classics in non-European contexts

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Mathura Umachandran, Department of Classics University of Oxford
Dr. Justine McConnell, Department of Comparative Literature King´s

- Panel 2: Decolonising movements in Africa and South Asia
Here, we would like to receive abstracts specifically focused on the
intersection between African, South Asian and European thought.

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Foluke Adebisi, School of Law University of Bristol
Dr. Su Lin Lewis, Department of History University of Bristol

- Panel 3: Enlightenment revised
Here we expect to receive abstracts focused on the
Postcolonial/Decolonial criticism to the Enlightenment; or on the
contrary, abstracts focused on answering, what could the
Enlightenment offer to Postcolonial/Decolonial contemporary studies?

Keynote speakers:
Professor Gregor McLennan, School of Social Sciences University of
Bristol Dr. Tzu Chien Tho, Department of Philosophy University of

- Panel 4: About Reparation
Here we wish to receive abstracts focused on ethical reflexions about

Keynote speaker:
Joanna Burch-Brown, Department of Philosophy University of Bristol


To make an abstract submission, please send an anonymized abstract of
no more than 500 words to by the 3rd
of April, 2019 with a separate document with author information.
Please note that while catering and refreshments will be provided
throughout the day. Unfortunately, we are at the moment unable to
reimburse any travel or accommodation costs for graduate conference
attendees, but we hope to be able to offer some bursaries to make the
participation more accessible (we are applying for extra funding for
this purpose).


Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)
Bristol Chapter