Restating Orientalism: A Critique of Modern Knowledge

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Thursday 4 October 2018 | 17.00 - 19.00 | Location TBC

Since Edward Said’s foundational work, Orientalism has been singled out for critique as the quintessential example of Western intellectuals’ collaboration with oppression. Controversies over the imbrications of knowledge and power and the complicity of Orientalism in the larger project of colonialism have been waged among generations of scholars. But has Orientalism come to stand in for all of the sins of European modernity, at the cost of neglecting the complicity of the rest of the academic disciplines?

In this landmark theoretical investigation, Wael B. Hallaq reevaluates and deepens the critique of Orientalism in order to deploy it for rethinking the foundations of the modern project. Refusing to isolate or scapegoat Orientalism, Restating Orientalism extends the critique to other fields, from law, philosophy, and scientific inquiry to core ideas modern thought such as sovereignty and the self. Hallaq traces their involvement in colonialism, mass annihilation, and systematic destruction of the natural world, interrogating and historicizing the set of causes that permitted modernity to wed knowledge to power. Restating Orientalism offers a bold rethinking of the theory of the author, the concept of sovereignty, and the place of the secular Western self in the modern project, reopening the problem of power and knowledge to an ethical critique and ultimately theorizing an exit from modernity’s predicaments.

Speaker: Wael Hallaq, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University
Discussants: Georgios Varouxakis (QMUL), Sanjay Seth(Goldsmiths) and Humeira Iqtidar (King’s College London)
Chair: Leigh Jenco, Professor of Political Theory in the LSE Department of Government

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEOrientalism

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