Europe and Love in Colonialism/Postcolonialism
vom 24. – 25. Oktober 2003
im Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut, Goethestr. 31, 45128 Essen
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Prof. Dr. Luisa Passerini (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Essen/The European University Institute, Florenz)
Referentinnen und Referenten: Dr. Giulia Barrera (Italian State Archives, Rome/Italy), Prof. Dr. Sabine Broeck (University of Bremen), Dr. Margarida Calafate Ribeiro (University of Barcelona), Prof. Dr. Jo Labanyi (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Essen), Dr. Susan Martin-Marquez (Rutgers University) u.a.
The workshop will analyze changing concepts of love and various cases of so-called „mixed unions“ in a colonial/postcolonial context, focusing on questions of cultural history which, in turn, result in Europe’s changed position towards its colonial heritage. The traditional approach to envisaging relationships between Europeans and non-European Colonials had considered such unions as possible on sexual grounds only, while „romantic“ forms of emotions were, even if taking place, doomed to disaster. Such a position found different articulations, for instance in novels and films, depending on the gender of the components of the couple. Competition between different colonialisms as well as between males of various countries were another variable of the picture.
The first two sessions of the workshop will focus on case studies relevant to this problematic, presenting various types of colonialism. The third session will explore recent changes in Europeaness as a form of cultural identity, in particular the decline of the equivalence Europeaness/Whiteness/Christianity, the configuration of new forms of relationships between Europe and the world, and the transformation in conceptualizing these „mixed unions“.
The workshop is organized within the framework of an international research project on „Europe: Emotions, Identities, Politics“ based at the KWI. This project aims at exploring the relationships between political forms of identity and cultural attitudes in the field of emotions in
Europe. Very often, in the last two centuries and a half, the claim has been put forward that the sense of belonging to Europe was characterized by courtly and romantic love, considered as unique of the relationships between the genders in this continent and of the type of civilization developed in Europe in the modern era. This love, stemming from the private and personal sphere, was therefore given a public function and used as a distinctive characteristic of one civilization over the others. The intent of the project is to provide a critique of all forms of exclusive Eurocentrism in this field, but at the same time to produce hypotheses about the history of these emotions, as a basis for a non-Eurocentric understanding of new possible European identities.
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