Thinkshop Series “Critique of the Decolonization of social thought”

Starting 16. October, 10 am GMT, 2022

Around the nineties, not coincidentally, firstly, with the end of the alternative society project, the Soviet Union, an end that, secondly, established the global single rule of the US-Imperialism over the world of nation states and, then thirdly, with the end of the transformation of the colonized part of the world towards nation states and market economies, a new wave of critical thinking occurred, coined de-colonial thinking. And this thinking – this is my finding about what this de-colonial thinking does – is everything else but opposing what troubles human`s life in this world, poverty and political oppression. 

Departing from a new critique of those theories from the “West” framing thinking about the world at that time as they do until today, despite of this now thirty years lasting new kind of critique,  a critique arguing that these theories are centered on the European societies, a critique coined “Eurocentrism”, as one can already see from this notion of a “Eurocentrism”, this critique introduces the concerns of politically constructed entities as the concerns of thinking, preferably global political entities, such as the Europeans, then imaginary political entities such as the “North” versus the “South”. And despite of its critical intentions this thinking, coined de-colonial thinking, results not only in the final universalization of the very way of theorizing of the very European disciplinary social sciences and strengthens their rule over thinking around the world, but it also results in the creation of theories, while opposing the globally ruling nationalism of the “North”, with which this de-colonial thinking promotes all sorts of alternative nationalisms. With these nationalisms of a “South” de-colonial thinking thus arrives at social thought serving various politically constructed demarcations of people based on their nationalities, ethnicities or even races, the very kind of social thought providing the world’s people with views, only nation states use and benefit from for their hostilities, finally for their wars, demarcations, often more hostile than all the very well known demarcations created by the “Eurocentric” social sciences. 

Despite of all good intentions de-colonial thinking helps with its thought to adapt people’s views to what troubles them, to their poverty and to their political oppression.

To share my critique of de-colonial thinking I organize from October 2022 on a series of 7 Thinkshops discussing the following topics

Thinkshop 1: Legends about what happened under the notion of post-colonialism, October 16, 10am GMT 2022

Thinkshop 2: Eurocentrism – opposing theories without their critique – What is non-eurocentric thinking (Amin, Chakrabarty)

Thinkshop 3: Thinking through space – the Epistemology of de-colonial thinking (Chakrabarty, Seth, et al)

Thinkshop 4: How decolonial thinking further develops disciplinary social science theorizing:  From the self-criticism of critiques of capitalism towards creating national identities and the preparatory work of the Historical Materialism

Thinkshop 5: The creation of alternative nationalisms of de-colonial thinking: Indigenization of theorizing (Wallerstein, S. Alatas, Dos Santos, et al)

Thinkshop 6: The Non-Discourses among indigenized theories (F. Alatas, Sato, et al)

Thinkshop 7: Scientific and political outcomes  of de-colonial thinking

These thinkshops are based on my book titled “The Social Science of the Citizen Society, Volume 1: Critique of the Globalization and Decolonization of the Social Sciences” and a series of video presentations on Youtube supplemented with a paper summarizing my main points of critique in these video presentations. 

For watching the video presentations please go to: https://michael-kuhn.net/video/

For reading my book please click here: https://michael-kuhn.net/publications/

A free working version of this book you can find here: https://michael-kuhn.net/working-papers-4/

Thinkshop 1 will be hold on the 16. October 2022, 10 AM GMT

For each Thinkshop there will be a paper outlining the main statements discussed on the meeting. These papers will be posted 1 month before the meeting.

To register please send an email to: michaelkuhn@knowwhy.net

The participation in these thinkshops is free.