#2: The Power of Knowledge

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Language: Danish

Colonial history is part of our national history. But who writes this history and for whom? Knowledge has been accumulated for centuries, yet the question is what has been archived and saved and what has been forgotten? How can rejected knowledge become known and how can it be conveyed and reflected on in museums and in educational institutions in Denmark.

You can join a guided tour of Sven Augustijnen’s exhibition Maps of the Middle East (1942-1969) and the group exhibition The Ignorant Schoolmaster prior to the seminar. Participation limit at 15 people. The guided tour and the seminar is free, but requires registration.

Moderator: Mads Anders Baggesgaard, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Aarhus University and Head of CLSC

Participants: Astrid Nonbo Andersen, Senior Researcher
Turgay Peter Abat, History Teacher at Egaa Gymnasium
Sarah Giersing, Research Librarian and Curator at Det Kongelige Bibliotek (Sarah will be joining us online)

The Persistence of Colonialism

We tend to speak of colonialism from a merely historical perspective. By using a term like post colonialism, it is even implied that we are ready to consider the colonial as a thing of the past. Yet, the question remains; is colonialism truly a closed chapter and have the colonial machinery ceased to exist? Have previous power and racism structures mutated into new shapes? Has global capitalism sprung from a colonialist mindset?

During this series of seminars, we will explore how colonialism affects the world of today: From pandemic power structures to an individual’s sense of self. By delving into different aspects of colonialism, we will try to understand and broaden the debate on the colonial period in a way which enables new knowledge and understanding of the world. 

The Persistence of Colonialism is related to three solo exhibitions by Congolese Sammy Baloji (1978), Belgian Sven Augustijnen (1970) and Jamaican Ebony G. Patterson (1981) in Kunsthal Aarhus. The seminar series is created in partnership between the Centre for the Study of the Literatures and Cultures of Slavery (CSLC), Aarhus University and Kunsthal Aarhus.

At each seminar, one specific perspective on colonialism will be presented and discussed by invited artists, researchers and curators who work with this particular aspect. All seminars will be moderated by Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Head of CLSC, Mads Anders Baggesgaard.

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