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CES Summer School

Epistemologies of the South VII: "Existing, Resisting and Struggling through the Arts"

3, 4, 5, 6, 7 e 10 de julho de 2023

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Overview

 7th EDITION of the INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL "EPISTEMOLOGIES OF THE SOUTH"


At a time when the globe is confronted with perpetual challenges of various forms of injustices and anti-democratic backlashes which have been made more visible by the dominant crises of our times, Artworks inspire us to pause and reflect on the past while imagining a possible just future. With this new edition of the School we seek, through the collective reflections with artists, art collectives, curators, academics and activists from various parts of the world and bearers of different knowledges, to develop theoretical and methodological approaches about resistance and struggles that shape our world. These approaches, stimulated by the Epistemologies of the South, enable critical diagnoses of the present, having as a constitutive element the possibility of reconstructing, formulating and legitimating alternatives for fairer and freer societies, aiming at fostering solidarity. The Epistemologies of the South seek to broaden the possibilities of rethinking the world from the knowledges and practises of the Global South. As an epistemological and political proposal, they challenge attempts at epistemic silencing, epistemicide or epistemic subalternisation. The South, in this context, is not geographic; it is heterogeneous and includes diverse spaces, varied experiences and an infinity of knowledges.

As in previous editions, we expect a heterogeneous group in terms of origin, age, work experience and struggle. This summer school will be a space for exchange and co-learning to imagine drawing utopias from concrete experiences and knowledges.
 

Where, When and How?

  • The course will take place from July 3rd to July 10thby e-learning, using the Zoom platform.
  • Schedule: 9h30-14h30 (Portugal) || 10h00-14h30 (Spain/France/Italy) || 10h00-15h30 (Brazil) || 15h00-20h30 (Angola) || 15h00-20h30 (Mozambique) || 19h30-1h00 India || 01h00-6h30 Australia [half hour meal break after classes and before starting group work]
  • The total number of hours of the course is 25
  • Certificate: of the 25 hours
  • 40 students, with 5 scholarships. As in previous editions, the fellowship corresponds to the full payment of the summer course.
  • The PROGRAMME will be available soon


Organisation of this course

The course starts on July 3rd with the presentation of all the participants. It will be followed by an inaugural lecture and Q&A. Over the following 4 days six sessions will take place, featuring academics and artists. Each presentation will last 20 to 30 minutes, introducing themes and questions that will stimulate the discussions to be developed in the following workshops among the participants. Each day ends with a moment of debate between the students and the speakers, followed by group work of the participants. The course ends with a collective session (July 10th) designed to foster collaborative reflection and the transfer of knowledge among all the participants.

  • An interdisciplinary programme 
    Relying on the strong international dimension of the Epistemologies of the South, this Summer School will be still organised on-line, aiming to reach a broader public. It will focus on "Existing, Resisting and Struggling through the Arts" and will take place on July 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 10th, 2023.The major themes, such as the Global South, ecology of knowledges, colonialism, decolonization, the arts, mediations and supports (institutions, actors, material supports) or translation (transmission, adaptation, appropriation) will be addressed through the presentation of specific and situated cases. Each of these cases responds to the specific historical and political realities that shape these different contexts. What ties them all together is the way in which they each call on the power of art to translate the struggles across different contexts, pushing us to confront the enduring realities of cognitive injustices and the struggles for solidarity.
  • Who is the course aimed at?
    Students, academics, social movement activists, artivists, artists, curators and general public.
     
  • Working languages
    English will be the working language, respecting the various existing versions, contributing to the intercultural transfer of knowledge and situated know-how.


Course objectives

The course is designed as an environment for the work and co-participatory construction of knowledges born from experiences, based on a pro-active and innovative pedagogical methodology. The course will function based on dynamic co-work in reflexive teams during the workshops, where students and lecturers share knowledge and dilemmas about the problems that mark the contemporary world. The horizon of decolonisation of knowledge is a central objective. in this sense, the main objective of this advanced training course is to promote South-South interdisciplinary dialogues to broaden reflection, show and make visible, record, interpret and extend the knowledge that sustains social struggles in our times.
The course is based on four fundamental axes based on the epistemologies of the South:

  1. That the understanding of the world far exceeds the European understanding of the world;
  2. That there cannot be global social justice without global cognitive justice;
  3. There is no lack of alternatives in the world, what is lacking is an alternative thinking of alternatives;
  4. The epistemologies of the South claim a diversity of knowledges that sustain social struggles that must be (re)known and valued. Consequently, as an alternative to any general theory, the Epistemologies of the South focus on the promotion of an ecology of knowledges together with intercultural translation.
Programme (provisional)

14h00-19h30 (Portugal) || 15h00-20h30 (Spain/France/Italy) || 10h00-15h30 (Brazil) || 15h00-20h30 (Angola) || 15h00-20h30 (Mozambique) || 19h30-1h00 India || 01h00-6h30 Australia


3 July – Monday - Opening
14h00 - 15h00 | Welcome and Introduction to the Course
15h00 - 16h30 | Self Introduction of Students
16h30 - 17h00| Meal Break
17h00 - 19h30| Master Class - Boaventura de Sousa Santos
 

4 July – Tuesday – Art and Remembrance
14h00 - 15h30 | Music as Resistance - Inês Nascimento Rodrigues
15h30 – 17h00 | Public art and Remembrance - Maria Paula Meneses
17h00 - 17h30 | Meal Break
17h30 – 19h30 | Group work - Students' self-guided sessions
 

5 July – Wednesday – Art as Reinvention
14h00 - 15h30 | Other forms of doing and existing through art - António Brito Guterrez
15h30 – 17h00 | Other forms of doing and existing through art - Indonesian Group (tbc)
17h00 - 17h30 | Meal Break
17h30 – 19h30 | Group work - Students' self-guided sessions

 
6 July – Thursday – Art and Re-existence
14h00 - 15h30 | Art and the Struggle for Existence – Tshepo Madlingozi
15h30 - 17h00 | Art and the Struggle for Existence - Indigenous Artist (tbc)
17h00 - 17h30 | Meal Break
17h30 – 19h30 | Group work - Students' self-guided sessions


7 July – Friday – Art and Resistance
14h00 - 15h30 | Art and Human Rights – Chullage
15h30 - 17h00 | Art and Human Rights – Moraab Grant
17h00 - 17h30 | Meal Break
17h30 – 19h30 | Group work - Students' self-guided sessions
 

10 July – Monday - Closing
14h00 - 16h30 | Final Presentations by the groups of participants
16h30 - 17h00 | Break
17h00 - 19h30| Course evaluation and students' self-evaluation.

Applications, registration and tuition

Applications

Applications are open to all those available to participate in a challenging space of mutual learnings towards the decolonisation of thought and struggle against capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy. A heterogeneous group is expected in terms of origin, knowledge, age and experience of work and struggles, composed of academics of different areas, artists and other professionals, students and activists. Involvement in social movements or other forms of activism or social struggle is highly valued.

We understand the course as a space for conviviality, well-being, the sharing of heterogeneous knowledges and mutual learnings among everyone. We recognize the centrality of the production of knowledge beyond the walls of the academy and seek for artistic production to challenge the political imagination. We acknowledge the extraordinary differences that make up the world and are convinced that shared experiences of struggle allow the constitution of a diverse but united South with potential for resistance against the dominant forms of oppression and domination: colonialism, capitalism and patriarchy.

All those interested in participating in the Summer School must FILL IN THE APPLICATION FORM.

IMPORTANT:

  • Applicants for this advanced training course must submit a biographical note (up to 300 words) and a motivation letter (up to 700 words) stating why they would like to attend the course, how the subject of the course dialogues with their interests and how it would enrich their knowledge, as well as describing how their participation could contribute to stimulating discussions and enriching the knowledge of the group. Pay attention to the number of words, as the form will only accept the number of words indicated!
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation that their application has been received.
  • The course is limited to 40 participants. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by April 30th.
  • 5 scholarships will be awarded to cover full participation in the course (tuition).
  • Applicants for scholarships should select the "Scholarship Application" option on the form andattach a letter of justification for the scholarship (up to 500 words)

Applications must be submitted [HERE] by midnight of April 15th.

The Summer School is self-funded and does not generate profit. Registration fees grant funding for 5 scholarships for participants.

 

Registration and tuition

Early Bird Fee > Deadline for full payment of the registration fee: May 30th

Students: 50€
Regular: 70€

Late Bird Fee > Deadline for full payment of the registration fee: June 30th

Students: 80€
Regular: 100€

The deadline for full payment of the registration fee is May 30 (early-bird fee) and June 30 (late-bird fee). In case of withdrawal, the registration fee will be refunded when notice of withdrawal is given at least 20 days before the course startsAny cancellations after June 15th will not be subject to any refund.

Notification of acceptance will be accompanied by guidelines for the participant regarding how to proceed with the registration and payment.

For any queries relating to these matters, please contact the organising committee at alicesummerschool@ces.uc.pt.


Important Dates
 

I. Deadline for applications: April 15th, 2023
 

II. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance of the application: April 30th, 2023
 

III. Deadline for payment of early-bird registration fee: May 30th, 2023
 

IV. Deadline for payment of late-bird registration fee: June 30th, 2023

 

Organising Committee

Event under the framework of the Epistemologies of the South Working Group, the Doctoral Programmes Post-Colonialisms and Global Citizenship and Human Rights in Contemporary Societies and the research project “Revolutionary pedagogies? History of the education projects in Angola and Mozambique (1960s-1980s)” / FCT 2022.01785.PTDC

Contact

Please direct all queries to:
alicesummerschool@ces.uc.pt
 

Reach us at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra:
+351.239855570

FAQ

1. Who can participate?
Applications are open to all those available to participate in a challenging space of mutual learnings towards the decolonisation of thought and struggle against capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy. A heterogeneous group is expected in terms of origin, knowledge, age and experience of work and struggles, composed of academics of different areas, artists and other professionals, students and activists.  Involvement in social movements or other forms of activism or social struggle is highly valued.

2. What are the working languages at the Summer School?
Portuguese and Spanish. The working groups call for shared co-responsibility of the participants so that intercultural translation can occur.

3. Will I have access to the Summer School’s Reading materials before the beginning of the course?
Yes. You will have access to the materials online two weeks prior to the beginning of Summer School, at the least.

4.When and Where will the Summer School be held?
The Summer School will be held between June 27 and July 8, 2022, by e-learning through the Zoom platform.

5. Will I be entitled to a certificate of participation?
Yes. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

6. Until when can I apply and what is the deadline for payment?
Applications run until March 31st.  The deadline for payment is May 16th (early-bird fee) or June 6th (late-bird fee with increased costs).

7. Will I receive a confirmation when registration and payment is completed?
Yes. You will receive a confirmation the moment you register, including details for making a payment. As soon as you complete the fee payment you will receive a transaction confirmation.

8. Where does tution go to?
Registration fees grant funding for 4 scholarships for participants.

 

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