Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Thursday, November 5th

Prof. Dr. Tariq Modood

“Can Interculturalism complement Multiculturalism?”


GIP-Lectures Online

The Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies (CIIS) of Tübingen University in cooperation with the Society for Intercultural Philosophy ( is launching a new online lecture series on topics of intercultural studies. We want to take advantage of the current need to communicate digitally due to Covid-19 pandemic since this allows us to easily connect scholars from all over the world. The lecture series will address topics of global relevance in view of different cultural contexts and in a predominantly philosophical perspective.

We very much invite all of you to join the monthly lectures and make this a forum for lively discussion! 

To participate please send a short notice to niels.weidtmannspam ahead of each lecture. A zoom-link will be sent to all those who registered.

Tuesday, December 15th

Dr. John Lamola, University of Pretoria


Malesela John Lamola is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Pretoria where he researches and teaches on African Social Philosophy and the Philosophy of Technology. In addition, he holds Senior Research Associate appointment at the Institute of Intelligent Systems of the University of Johannesburg.  He obtained his PhD degree from Edinburgh University and an MBA degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His research interests are in Political Philosophy in the context of the emergence of African Modernity, and on the intersection between technology and an Africanist social theory and practice. He publishes on Marxian epistemology, applications of Sartrean existential anti-colonial philosophy to contemporary African socio-ontological inquiries, and on the representation of Africans in the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution. Dr Lamola is a professional member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ (IEEE) Society on Social Implications of Technology, an active member of the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, the South African Center of Phenomenology, and is the founder the Research Group on Africa, Philosophy and Digital Technologies (APDiT).

Thursday, November 5th

Prof. Dr. Tariq Modood, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, UK: “Can Interculturalism complement Multiculturalism?”



European/UNESCO interculturalism (IC) emerged as a critique of multiculturalism (MC) (complicated by the fact that there is an alternative Qubecan interculturalism, not discussed in this lecture). I suggest that this relationship has gone through three phases. Phase one begins in the 1990s with a general dissatisfaction with MC from many political and intellectual sources. Phase two, roughly from about the middle of the last decade, is when IC scholars, mainly sociologists, though also in cultural studies, policy studies, migration studies, geography as well as education emerge in significant numbers. The engagement with multiculturalism is superficial and serves the purpose of clearing the ground in order to get on with with a new research or policy. Phase three is the political theory justification of IC. I argue that these three phases have not established a pro-diversity ‘ism’ which can replace MC. While I hope we may move on to a phase four, where MC and IC are seen to be complementary, I here re-state what I think are the key concepts of MC. I hope it will be evident that firstly, that these concepts are not out of date or redundant; and secondly, therefore, that IC is wrong to abandon them.

“Knowledge and Compassion: Structural Racism and the Failures of Liberalism”

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 7 pm.

Dr. Yoko Arisaka, Universität Hildesheim


Yoko Arisaka (born in Japan in 1962 and moved to the U.S. in 1980) has received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside (1996). She had been Associate Professor of Philosophy in the  Philosophy Department   and Graduate Faculty at the  Center for the Pacific Rim   at the University of San Francisco (1996-2007). During Fall 97 she was a CNRS research associate at the   École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales   in Paris. Since 2005 she lives in Hannover, Germany. She had been a Fellow at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosopohie Hannover (2009-11). She is currently Adjunct Faculty at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. Her field of research include political philosophy (including philosophy of race and genderissues), modern Japanese philosophy, phenomenology, philosophy of technology, and ethics.  Her publications include:  Prophetischer Pragmatismus: Eine Einführung in das Denken von Cornel West  , (With an interview with Cornel West and Eduardo Mendieta), by Jürgen Manemann, YokoArisaka, Volker Drell, Anna Maria Hauk.  Fink Verlag: 2012.  Kitaro Nishida in der Philosophie des 20.Jahrhunderts  .  Rolf Elberfeld and Yoko Arisaka, eds. Alber Verlag: 2014. Website:   

„ubu-ntu: affirming the humanness of all human beings, sharing the bread from mother Earth“

Tuesday, September 15th, 7 pm

Prof. Dr. Mogobe Ramose, University of South Africa in Pretoria


The South African philosopher Mogobe Ramose wrote the standard work on Ubuntu philosophy: a vision of existence as a continuous stream in which everything is constantly searching for balance and is inseparably connected with everything else. This is true of human communities, but it also applies to various aspects of social life, such as politics, religion, economics, law, medicine, ecology, and globalization. This is an ‘ethic of coexistence’ in profound contrast with Western models and the radical individualization that characterizes capitalism.

„Die Aufklärung vor den Europäern retten“

Thursday, July 30th

Prof. Dr. Nikita Dhawan, University of Gießen, Germany


Die erhabenen Ideale der Aufklärung gingen mit kolonialer Gewalt und faschistischem Terror einher, während die Aufklärung den Interessen einer gewissen privilegierten Klasse zugutekam, dessen Normen mit implizit rassistischer und sexistischer Ausrichtung festgeschrieben wurden. Trotz dieser Einwände argumentiert die postkoloniale Feministin Gayatri Spivak, dass man angesichts des imperialen und gegen-imperialen Wesens der Aufklärung diese „nicht nicht wollen kann", so dass die kontaminierten Hinterlassenschaften der Europäischen Aufklärung, wie „Menschenrechte" und die „Demokratie" wie ein Pharmakon Gift und Medizin zu gleich sind. Das Ziel des Vortrages ist es folglich die widersprüchlichen Konsequenzen der Aufklärung zu verstehen ohne einen Anti-Aufklärungs-Standpunkt einzunehmen. Die Unabdingbarkeit der Aufklärung in der Umsetzung kritischer Projekte muss mit den Euro- und Androzentrismen, welche ihr Erbe plagen zusammengedacht werden. Um post-imperiale Zukünfte zu imaginieren, wird eine kritische Theorie des Postkolonialismus vorgeschlagen.

First GIP-Lecture: "The Great Death and the Pure Land: Nishitani Keiji and the Ecological Emergency.”

Tuesday, June 30th at 7pm German time (10am PST)

Prof. Dr. Jason Wirth, University of Seattle

Prof. Dr. Jason M. Wirth is professor of philosophy at Seattle University, and works and teaches in the areas of Continental Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy, Aesthetics, Environmental Philosophy, and Africana Philosophy.

Nishitani Keiji (1900-1990), student of Nishida Kitarô and a second-generation member of the Kyoto School, is known in the West because of his reflections on the concept of nihilism and religion within the discussion regarding the overcoming of modernity in Japan.