Decolonizing Philosophy

  • Thursday 15 and Friday 16 April 2021
  • Format: online - Blackboard Collaborate

About the conference

The workshop Decolonizing Philosophy aimed to invite (young) researchers to think off the beaten path of the university. The workshop discussed questions such as: how can or should philosophy be decolonized? What is the relationship between whiteness and the academic institution? What do we do with curricula and libraries? What do we know about non-Western philosophy? What role does language play in the process of decolonization? Through both a public lecture series and small-scale workshops, we discussed not only what decolonization means, but also how we as researchers can effectively contribute to it.


The workshop aimed to give young researchers in philosophy the opportunity to get acquainted with the decolonization of philosophy. It was designed to offer tools for antiracism that researchers can go on to use in their own philosophical work.

The workshop consisted of four reading groups and four workshops. These were our speakers for the afternoon workshops: 

  • Aincre Maame-Fosua Evans (15th of April)
  • Seunghyun Song (15th of April)
  • Grâce Ndjako (16th of April)
  • Rachida Aziz (16th of April)

The afternoon workshops were preceded by small, parallel reading and discussion sessions in the morning. The speakers themselves have chosen texts that were discussed. Participants were required to read those texts before the workshop starts so that they could discuss these with others in small reading groups. At the end of every reading group, participants formulated a set of questions that the moderator presented to the speaker during their afternoon session.

A few weeks after the two-day event, on the 6th of May, an aftertalk took take place. Participants shared what they had learned from the event and thought about ways to put this knowledge to work in their research practices and academic life in general.

For whom?

The workshop was aimed at young researchers (PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) in philosophy, but all those who are interested are welcome. 


This workshop was organized by a group of PhD researchers and postdocs affiliated to the Philosophy Department of the University of Antwerp. The event has received funding from the Flemish Government (OJO - Omkadering Jonge Onderzoekers) and the Philosophy Department of the University of Antwerp.


De workshop Decolonizing Philosophy wilde (jonge) onderzoekers buiten de gebaande paden van de universiteit laten denken. De workshop besprak vragenals: hoe kan of moet filosofie gedekoloniseerd worden? Hoe verhouden witheid en het academische instituut zich tot elkaar? Wat doen we met curricula en bibliotheken? Wat weten we van niet-Westerse filosofie? Welke rol speelt taal in het dekolonisatieproces? 

Door middel van zowel een publieke workshopsreeks als vooorbereidende kleinschalige workshops bespraken we niet alleen wat dekolonisatie betekent, maar ook hoe we daar als onderzoekers effectief aan kunnen bijdragen.

De workshop bestond uit vier leesgroepen en vier workshops. Dit waren onze sprekers voor de namiddagsessies: 

  • Aincre Evans (15 april)
  • Seunghyun Song (15 april)
  • Grâce Ndjako (16 april)
  • Rachida Aziz (16 april)

Deze sessies werden voorafgegaan door kleine, parallelle lees- en discussiesessies. Enkele weken later vond er nog een nabeschouwing plaats. 

Alle onderdelen van de workshop vonden online plaats. De voertaal was Engels.