This “encounter” aims at starting a critical dialogue between the Global South and all other cultures outside the West beyond traditional dichotomies. We seek to have a conversation on postcolonial practices and decolonizing strategies anchored in everyday experiences. We are fundamentally interested in travelling ideas and experiences and how these traverse borders regardless of rigid conceptual definitions.

There is still a fundamental misunderstanding in how to make sense of places (people and space) outside the West. This misunderstanding is at the core of colonial-postcolonial thinking. Above all, it penetrates every field of understanding: from the sensuous and the political, to the use and arrangement of objects in the everyday. In this sense, we seek to question the process by which bodies and spaces continue to be hierarchically re-produced outside and within the Western world, and to create a more nuanced understanding beyond generic typologies that can contribute in generating useful and practical decolonizing strategies. In other words, we seek to contribute to an overall poetics of liberation.

Central to this project is acknowledging our own cultural and academic situatedness in the process of knowledge making and representing the Other. Equally important is the act of informing our concepts and theories form experiences in the everyday. In doing so, we seek to create subversive knowledge, one that challenges asymmetrical relations and the power of the Western tradition over language and meaning.


Beatriz Véliz Argueta (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin/ CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Angelo Martins Jr (Goldsmiths – London / Laboratory of Work, Professions and Mobility  – UFSCar, Brazil) 

Confirmed Speakers include:

David Theo Goldberg (University of California); Anne Huffschmid  (Lateinamerika-Institut Freie Universität Berlin); Gabriel de Santis Feltran (UFScar and Centro de Estudos da Metrópole/Brazil); Sérgio Costa (Lateinamerika-Institut Freie Universität Berlin); AbdouMaliq Simone (Max Planck Institute/ African Centre for Cities); Samah Saleh (An-Najah National University); Boike Rehbein (Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, HU Berlin); Julia O’Connell Davidson (School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, Bristol); Uli Stelzner (iskacine); Anthony Gardner (The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford)

Supporting Institutions:

Institut für Asien und Afrika Wissenschaften, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin); Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) Goldsmiths, University of London; Humanities Research Institute, University of California; Laboratory of Work, Professions and Mobility – UFSCar, Brazil.