THE CONFERENCE IS ORGANISED BY
Knowledge: Potentials and Limits of Knowledge Production and Critique
3 – 6 December 2014, Carl von
University Oldenburg, Germany
Call for Papers as printable
conference addresses current conditions and modes of academic
knowledge production in order to revisit the ethical, political and
visions of research and higher education that were articulated in the
half of the 20th century. At European
universities debates on the social
commitment of the social sciences as well as the sciences of technology
engineering promoted new approaches at the end of the 1960s and in the
on the links between academic knowledge production and decolonisation
in turn played an important role at the mostly newly established
universities during the first years of independence.
of the conference is on ways of implementing and pursuing
critical thinking against the background of transformation processes in
knowledge production due to social developments which have been heavily
influenced by neoliberal policies and their reproduction of hegemonic
relations since the end of the Cold War. This includes investigations
contextualisation of epistemic paradigms in critical thinking, the
between differing articulations in the Global South and Global North as
concepts of critical alliances.
objectives tackle the academic discourses on the past and
present of the geopolitics of knowledge; the critique of notions of
periphery; the social and cultural inscriptions of gender and
ethnicity; the radical consideration of the links between
hegemonic concepts of modernity and development; as well as
the Global South with their particular forms of integration,
rejection of (critical) Western concepts. Furthermore, through critical
dialogues between social, cultural and engineering sciences we aim to
the needs of particular societal contexts.
vein, the conference scrutinises the limits and potentials
of networked research between European and African universities. Such
is often framed by the European Union's efforts to create a European
higher education within increasingly commodified knowledge on a global
such research settings require analyses of inscribed power relations
(trans)local agendas and the situatedness of epistemologies and
the complexities and entanglements of the respective societal, cultural
economic contexts, new modes of critical knowledge production which
of social commitment thus necessitate reflections on the constitution
research fields and research questions.
the light of these
deliberations the conference aims to address, but is not limited to,
- Whose knowledge and which
methodologies are accepted, rejected or partly integrated into which
knowledge systems? What are the discursive procedures that privilege,
neglect or exclude certain epistemic processes?
- What paradigmatic shifts and/or
breaks occur in South-North or South-South academic co-operations and
- To what extent does networked
research contribute to changes in academic knowledge production in the
respective (local/regional/national) contexts?
- In which ways are knowledge
systems moulded and/or critiqued by e.g. orientalism or occidentalism and notions of modernity (western,
multiple, other etc.)? To what extent are they linked to questions of race/racism?
How are these intersections explored by gender and queer theories?
- What are the correlations of
knowledge production with transversal politics or other
conceptualisations of critical alliances?
- What are the effects of
neo-liberal policies on knowledge production within co-operative
- What are the
inter-/transdisciplinary implications of such a critical dialogue
between social, cultural and engineering sciences?
- Against the background of ever
more technologies and
managerial decision making processes structuring daily life and social
interactions: What are visions of the future or conceptualisations of a
organisers encourage young and senior researchers from different
(trans)disciplinary and regional contexts to present papers on
and methodological issues addressing these thematic areas, as well as
studies. Papers integrating social/cultural with engineering/science
perspectives are particularly welcome.
Please send abstracts (of 300
words max) with a short biographical
note not later than 30 May 2014 to: mik [@] uni-oldenburg [dot] de
By 15 July
2014 the selection committee will inform applicants about the
decision. Some travel grants for selected speakers might become
early October. When submitting your abstract, please indicate if you
apply for a travel grant.
expect full papers to be submitted by 30 October 2014. Selected papers
will be published in an edited collection.