Decolonising Cannibalism or Cannibalising the Decolonial?

An International Online Seminar jointly hosted by the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies and UFRJ Brazil

  • Fri 9 - Sat 17 Sep 22


  • Online

  • Event speaker

    Dr Raluca Soreanu, University of Essex and Giuseppe Cocco, Univerdidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Dr Raluca Soreanu

Join us for this is international interdisciplinary seminar bringing together social and political theorists, psychosocial theorists, psychoanalysts, anthropologists, cultural theorists and artists to engage with contemporary paradoxes, impasses and possibilities around the question of the decolonial.

The seminar starts from the figure of the cannibal, as a figure to think with, so as to generate new interrogations on the decolonial. We ask what it means to decolonise cannibalism itself. We also ask whether and in which ways the decolonial itself is being cannibalised. We approach a variety of ‘sites’ in our investigations, ranging from social and political movements, to artworks, to the psychoanalytic consulting room. 

Friday, September 9, 2022

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Keynote 1 – Giuseppe Cocco (Univerdidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)For an Anthropophagous Extractivism

4:45pm – 5:30pm

Keynote 2 – Raluca Soreanu (University of Essex, UK)On Learning a Word

5:30pm – 5:45pm Break

5:45pm – 6:30 Discussion Discussant: Fakhry Davids (British Psychoanalytical Society)

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Panel 1

3:00pm – 3:25pm

Marita Vyrgioti (University of Essex, UK)‘A child is being eaten’: Aboriginal motherhood and humanness in the psychoanalytic colonial archive

3:25pm – 3:50pm

Carolyn Laubender (University of Essex, UK)Travelling Analysis: Wulf Sachs and the (De)Colonial Clinic in South Africa 

3:50pm – 4:30pm Discussion Discussant: Raluca Soreanu (University of Essex, UK)

4:30pm – 5:00pm Break

Panel 2

5:00pm – 5:25pm 

Barbara Szaniecki (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)Democracy in the Forest, the Forest of Democracy

5:25pm – 5:50pm

Bruno Cava (Universidade Nômade, Brazil)Brazil ́s June and Maidan: differences and repetitions

5:50pm – 6:30pm Discussion Discussant: Juliano Fiori (University of Manchester, UK)

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Panel 3

3:00pm – 3:25pm

Mylene Mizrahi (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)Aesthetics, Relationship and Dissidence

3:25pm – 3:50pm

Alexandre Mendes (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)Law and Literature: The presence of Makunaima

3:50pm – 4:30pm Discussion Discussant: Thea Pitman (University of Leeds, UK)

4:30pm – 5:00pm Break

Panel 4

5:00pm – 5:25pm 

Liana Salles Monteiro (Univerdidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)Multidirectional Memory

5:25pm – 5:50pm

Jeudiel Martinez (Universidade Central da Venezuela)The West as créolité: thinking the Great Atlantic Deterritorialization

5:50pm – 6:30pm Discussion Discussant: Silvia Posocco (Birkbeck College, London, UK) 


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