A cycle of discussions: Decolonizing the Mind

Date
22 Jan 202011 Mar 2020
Place
Garage Auditorium
A cycle of discussions: Decolonizing the MindA cycle of discussions: Decolonizing the Mind

DESCRIPTION

Garage and the education project School of Neighbors’ Languages resume their partnership as part of the Museum’s Inclusive Programs department’s recent direction focusing on the work with people with migrant experiences—by introducing a new cycle of discussions around the notion of the so-called colonial thinking and the means of “de-colonizing” thereof.

How do world politics and global migration processes impact each other, and by extension, the relationships between people? What do “imperial mindset” and “decolonized thinking” mean? How do borders shift in the modern world, and where do they take us with them? The cycle of discussions De-colonizing the Mind is aimed at tracing how the scientific apprehension of these issues and the society’s response to them have evolved over time.

CO-ORGANIZER

School of Neighbors’ Languages is an education project promoting the idea of studying languages historically, culturally, and geographically close to Russia. The initiative was originally launched by MUZEON Park of Arts in 2016 as a social project named School of Migrants’ Languages, which taught the languages of the countries of origin of the largest number of migrants to Russia, such as Tajik and Moldovan, among others.

HOW TO TAKE PART

Free admission with advance registration

Schedule

“De/colonization? Language policy and why it causes so much trouble”

What is the difference between “colonizing” and “educational” actions in terms of language policy? The opening discussion will address the problem of evaluating the actions taken by the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union in the field of language regulation. The speakers will also touch upon the modern states and ethnic groups’ longing for freedom from the dominance of the Russian language, as well as conflicts between the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets on Post-Soviet territory.

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Speakers:

Nadezhda Knyaginina is a junior research fellow and teacher in the Institute of Education at the Higher School of Economics.

Andrian Vlakhov is an anthropologist and research fellow in the Faculty of Humanities at the Higher School of Economics.

Dmitry Doronin, Researcher, Laboratory of Theoretical Folklore, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Date
Wednesday, January 22
Time
19:00–21:00
Place
Garage Auditorium

“Human Geography: International trends in the history of population shifts and migration”

The discussion will outline some key trends and main causes behind human migration and relocation across the world from ancient times to modern era. Participants will examine infographics and maps that clearly reveal these phenomena along with their premises and consequences, and will analyze the existent trends.

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Speakers:

Salavat Abylkalikov, candidate of sociology, senior lecturer at the Department of Demograhy at NRC HSE, research fellow at the Laboratory of Social and Demographic Policies at NRC HSE’s Institute of Demography.

Dmitry Nesterenko, candidate of geography, author of education programs at the Letovo school, author and host of a cycle of programs on radio Mayak, and lecturer at the project Synchronization.

Date
Wednesday, February 12
Time
19:00–21:00 
Place
Garage Auditorium

“Colonialism and Post-colonialism: The interrelationship between people and the state”

Using the example of large corporations and their colonial histories, the group will discuss what colonialism actually is, and what it is not, and how various colonial policies impact the progress of a colonized country, how the relationship between empires and colonies developed on the level of state, society and day-to-day interaction of people in the colonial and postcolonial epochs.

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Speakers:

Sergey Abashin, professor at the Faculty of Anthropology at the European University in St. Petersburg.

Artem Kosmarsky, research fellow at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Date
Wednesday, February 26
Time
19:00–21:00
Place
Garage Auditorium

“Decolonizing the Mind: Social actions and media projects”

The final meeting will concentrate on the possible ways of “de-colonizing” the social mind, questioning the current stereotypes, and altering relations within societies. Taking the experience of major media and cultural projects as a starting point, participants will explore some specific tools of mindset building and equality framing.

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Date
Wednesday, March 11
Time
19:00–21:00 
Place
Garage Auditorium
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