International Conference

The Colonial Modern

Fri, Oct 24, 2008
3 pm
Free admission

English and German, with simultaneous translation

Inspection of the Résident Générals Francis Lacoste at the Carrières Centrales, 18 June 1954, Casablanca, Morocco, Photo: Jacques Belin / Centre d’Archives Diplomatiques, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, Nantes, France


15 – 16 h Lecture

Sven-Olov Wallenstein

Architecture, Biopolitics and Modernity

(Moderation: Marion von Osten)

16 – 17 h Lecture

Peter Osborne

From General to Restricted Economy: The Modern's Colonial Reserve

(Moderation: Susanne Leeb)

18 – 19 h Lecture

Christian Kravagna

Adolf Loos and the Colonial Imaginary

(Moderation: Susanne Leeb)

19 – 20 h Lecture

Kobena Mercer

What Difference Does Diaspora Make? Art History After Globalisation

(Moderation: Marion von Osten)

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Sven-Olov Wallenstein teaches philosophy and aesthetics at the University College of Södertörn in Stockholm, and is the editor-in-chief of Site. He is the translator of works by Winckelmann, Kant, Hegel, Frege, Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida, Deleuze, and Agamben, as well as the author of numerous books on contemporary philosophy, art and architecture. Recent publications include Essays, Lectures (2007), The Silences of Mies (2008) and Biopolitics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture (2008).

Peter Osborne is Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, London, and an editor of the journal Radical Philosophy. His recent publications include The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde (1995) and Conceptual Art (2002).

Christian Kravagna is an art historian, critic and curator. He is professor of Postcolonial Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 2005 he is curator (with Hedwig Saxenhuber) at Kunstraum Lakeside in Klagenfurt. Publications: a.o. Routes: Imaging travel and migration, Frankfurt 2007.

Kobena Mercer writes and teaches on the visual arts of the black diaspora and is an inaugural recipient of the 2006 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing. He was reader in Art History and Diaspora Studies at Middlesex University, London, and has taught at New York University and University of California at Santa Cruz. His first book, Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies (1994) opened up new lines of inquiry in art, film and photography. Recent publications include ‘Post-Colonial Trauerspiel’ in The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of Black Audio Film Collective (2007) and ‘Romare Bearden’s Critical Modernism’ in Romare Bearden and the Modernist Tradition (2008).

Audio-MP3: Talking about the Colonial Modern: Tom Avermaete, Serhat Karakayali & Marion von Osten discuss their curatorial approach to “In the Desert of Modernity” with Diana McCarty on