By Coro J-A Juanena
The Centre for Postcolonial Studies was delighted to welcome Dr Coro J-A Juanena to the inaugural workshop on 18 January 2016, where she presented the recently-launched online platform of the Kolonialismo Osteko ikasketa Zentroa (KOIZ), located in Bilbao, Spain. Here, she shares her thoughts on the development of the initiative.
KOIZ is a young association formed at the end of 2015 with the objective of becoming a forum for the production, exchange and dissemination of knowledge of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, through collaborative work and its articulation with other academic and professional institutions, both Basque and international. Despite coming out of different academic traditions, we consider that post- and de- colonial perspectives share the same critical view on the postcolonial condition. From both theoretical positions, it is possible to collaborate in decolonisation projects and the creation of alternatives to the different contemporary transnational realities.
Today, more pressing than ever, an epistemic and intellectual reordering is necessary; one capable of creating new theoretical and research productions about the culturally different Other. The artistic expression and creation of knowledge about the post- and de- colonial condition is a social fact in and of itself that has created and creates post- and de- colonial realities with significant social and political consequences. Sites of interpretation, exchange, self-representation and debate are necessary at a time when modernity illnesses have tended to become chronic. The history of colonialism continues to be entangled in the weave and plot of the present, therefore, decolonisation projects are urgent for building dialogic bridges between culturally different Others that work towards transnational justice. This is one of the reasons why we have created a collaborative network among social movements, researchers, professionals, students and critical institutions that are working in this theoretical field and/or seeking to develop alternative politics to the coloniality of power.