Amsterdam, Netherlands

Violence and Nonviolence: Nation-Building in the Age of Postcolonialism

online course
when 9 January 2023 - 20 January 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 800

This course will address the issue of non-violence in postcolonial nation-building through the lens of leaders and thinkers such as King, Helder Camara, Mandela and Kaunda, as well as reflections by Mbembe, Derrida and Fanon.
Aside from analysing classic and forgotten readings on (non)violence, the course will provide engaging group discussions as well as and expert guest lectures.

Course leader

Angela Roothaan has a background in continental philosophy and critical theory, and over the years has acquired a firm base in African and Intercultural Philosophy.

Target group

To complete the course successfully you need a bachelor in philosophy or another field in which postcolonial theory is relevant, such as history, anthropology, political science or development studies.

Who can join?

We welcome Master's students, PhD candidates, and Professionals with an academic background in philosophy or another field in which postcolonial theory is relevant, such as history, anthropology, political science or development studies who want to practice engaged philosophy.

Course aim

By the end of this course, students will:

- Have a firm grip on the key concepts and how they address realities of violence and non-violence in the age of the postcolonialism
- Be knowledgeable on the theoretical debates around these concepts and their practical effects.
- Be able to see the problems of nation-building playing out in our present world, and to offer several approaches to them based on the literature.
- Have improved their ability to critically read the relevant texts.
- Have learned to discuss the topic in a respectful manner in the group, accepting that everyone has different backgrounds.
- Have improved their skill for independent critical reflection through the assignments: presentation, review and paper writing.

Fee info

EUR 800: -Students, PhD students and employees of VU Amsterdam: €500
-Students and PhD students: €600
-Professionals: €800
Applications received before 15 October €50 receive Early Bird Discount

Scholarships

We offer an Equal Access Scholarship. Find out more via www.vu.nl/winterschool