Constellations Conference: “Post Colonialism, Critical Theory, and Democracy”, April 15-16, 2016 at the New School and at Columbia University in New York

The conference will consider the relation between various forms of critical theory and post colonialism, including how Marxism assessed colonialism and how neo-Marxists analyzed post-colonialism and the issue of critical theory and philosophies of history. We will also discuss and debate the developments and alternatives within post- colonial societies and polities with an eye to recent literature on political forms initially available and roads not taken.  We intend to reconsider the question of democracy; law and constitutionalism in postcolonial contexts; as well as reflecting on issues of migration and citizenship triggered by decolonization and globalization. Our hope is to have discussions that illuminate the present and the past by unearthing alternatives that have been forgotten, analyzing new modes of domination, and hopefully illuminating new possibilities for progressive projects that may change how we think about the relevant issues.

Linda Alcoff (City University of New York) Amy Allen (Penn State University) Andrew Arato (The New School) Susan Buck ­Morss (City University of New York) Maribel Casas ­Cortes (University of North Carolina­ CH) Benoit Challand (The New School) Sebastian Cobarrubias (University of North Carolina ­CH) Jean Cohen (Columbia University) Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) Carlos Forment (The New School) Nancy Fraser (The New School) Adom Getachew (University of Chicago) Robert Gooding ­Williams (Columbia University) Manu Goswami (New York University) Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt University/The New School) Courtney Jung (University of Toronto) Andreas Kalyvas (The New School) Sudipta Kaviraj (Columbia University) Patrick Macklem (University of Toronto) Paulina Ochoa Espejo (Haverford College) Emmanuelle Saada (Columbia University) Jakeet Singh (Illinois State University) George Steinmetz (University Michigan) Ann Stoler (The New School) Antonio Y. Vázquez­ Arroyo (Rutgers University) David E. Wilkins (University of Minnesota)

DayI:Friday, April 15th,Columbia UniversityLindsay Rogers Room,7th floor 420 W.118th st.

DayII:Saturday, April 16th,The New School Wolff Conference Room,6 East 16th st.

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