CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Intercultural Philosophy and Critical Development Theory in Dialogue

++ Please read the Call also in Spanish, French, German. We thank Mariela Vargas  and Rodrigue Naortangar for the translations. ++

Intercultural Philosophy has taken a global perspective from its start, it endeavoured “to interconnect contributions from all cultural traditions into philosophical discourses equally, this is to say, not just putting them aside each other in a comparative way, but rather bringing them into an open common space, so that all positions in this polylogue are kept open for change” (Mission Statement POLYLOG).

The global dimension of intercultural philosophy becomes especially apparent in the constant effort to make contributions of philosophers from the Global South visible, to criticize colonial traditions and neo-colonial conditions in philosophical work(s), to build a diverse and differentiated understanding of “culture” as well as to develop a critical, non-hegemonic concept of “universality”. Global tensions between North and South, structures of injustice and exclusion, as well as experiences of poverty, exploitation, climate change and migration shape content and methods of philosophy, especially that of intercultural philosophy.

Intercultural philosophy therefore demonstrates proximity to problematizations brought forward by critical development theory. Particularly post- and decolonial perspectives as well as Post-Development approaches critically scrutinize asymmetrical power/knowledge divides and structural inequalities in “development” discourse predominately shaped by a Western understanding of modernity. They explore and unveil relation of capitalism, colonialism and “development” and fundamentally question continuities of hegemonic structures.

A dialogue between intercultural philosophy and critical development theory is overdue and can enrich both disciplines: intercultural philosophy, through confrontation with research of social and political sciences and economics, gains a stronger empirical basis towards global challenges, whereas (critical) development theory would be able to more clearly acknowledge philosophical preconditions of particular concepts of politics and globalization. Issue 44 of „POLYLOG. ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR INTERKULTURELLES PHILOSOPHIEREN” aims to initiate conversations between the disciplines and invites contributors to confront the following questions:

  • What are learnings, new insights, changes of own positions etc. that can be provoked and produced through an interdisciplinary dialogue between intercultural philosophy and (critical) development theory?
  • What are critical perspectives on “development” that both disciplines can gain?
  • What are impulses for critical global education to be derived from a dialogue?
  • To what extent do Post-Development approaches and the concept of a polylogue of traditions provide important starting points for practicing demands of intercultural philosophy and critical development theory interdisciplinary?

We look forward to contributions and kindly ask you to submit an abstract of not more than 2,000 characters dealing with questions above and beyond until 30.06.2019. Submissions are welcomed in English, French, Spanish or German.

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