Round Table with:
Renata Gonçalves (Universidade Federal Fluminense )
Roberto Robalinho (Universidade Federal Fluminense)
Fernando Resende (Universidade Federal Fluminense)
Sebastian Thies (University of Tübingen)
This roundtable aims to discuss core theoretical and methodological issues of the CAPES/DAAD Probral Project “Discomforting Territories: images, narratives and objects of the Global South” which brings together researchers from anthropology, cultural and media studies from the Universidade Federal Fluminense and the University of Tübingen. We intend to focus on how Global South societies, marked by economic and political asymmetries as well as the longue durée of postcolonial legacies, produce what we call “discomforting territories” – that is particular conjunctures of territorialities, subjectivities affectivities, and corporalities that evoke ill-being, trauma, and conflict. From its interdisciplinary point of vantage, the project looks at how images, narratives, social and symbolic practices configure and express these “discomforting territories” and bring to the surface colonial remains and violence, buried and alternative histories that contest and challenge social and political hegemony.
Territorialities in this sense are not understood as homogeneous containers. Following Hasbaert’s notion if multiterritoriality they can rather be conceived of as complex layers of disputed geographical and virtual spaces. They speak of ongoing political struggles, wars, climate and other crisis, and of the impossible politics of belonging and identity that lead to what Rogoff’s defines as "exhausted geographies". Mbembe’s notion of the “becoming black of the world” shows us how these “discomforting territories” are expressed through bodies, human and non-human subjectivities related to lived temporalities of “multiple durées” that unveil unwanted and alternative temporalities.