Professor Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds)
Co-introduced by Prof. Janet Wolff (University of Manchester) and Prof. Max Silverman (University of Leeds)
‘Bauman’s Analysis of European Modernity, its Local and Remote Others, and the Colonial Imprint of the Christian Imaginary’
With the currency of intersectionality in feminist theory, the widespread demand for decolonisation of knowledge and the urgencies of the Black Lives Matter movement, I propose to examine if and how Zygmunt Bauman’s reflections on Christian Europe’s modernity and its local Others have a place in our considerations of postcolonial critique. European colonialism evangelised for a Christianity enacting domination and economic exploitation in its name. This lecture locates Bauman’s indirect relation to Modern Jewish Studies as a site for discovering a postcolonial Bauman, drawing on several specific examples from art/film created in response to traumatic events of the twentieth century.
Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History at the University of Leeds (UK). She is the 2020 Holberg Prize Laureate for her contributions to feminist, postcolonial and queer art histories and cultural analysis.
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