Philosophy of Culture and Intercultural Dialogue

lfilo1360  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Philosophy of Culture and Intercultural Dialogue
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Diasporic writings. From Fanon to Mbonimpa
The philosophy of interculturality begins with disorientation. The thinkers of the Diasporas are passeurs. Their concepts borrow a language and a hegemonic culture; they express themselves from a non-place on realities that they have displaced far from themselves and from their certainties. However, by dint of insistence and metamorphoses, by dint of exorcism and fidelity, they inaugurate that kind of philosophical operation that establishes a passage between the traumatic density of reality and the desire for a relationship with the other. To say, to write, to care, to teach become acts that create ways of "dis-identification" and invite to examine again the question of the method by which the thought opens itself to the situations which direct its feeling. From the Afro-Caribbean writers, namely Fanon and Glissant, to the Canadian-Burundian author, Mbonimpa, takes shape a methodical and lived passage towards a resolutely intercultural thought not only by its aim, but also by its own act of self-creation. These thinkers share the diasporic reference to historical communities that appear as archetypes through the narrative of struggles and the interpretation of cultural symbols. The course will attempt to identify the common elements and the challenges of a philosophy of interculturality that emerge from these trajectories by using the theoretical frameworks of Catherine Walsh.
Evaluation methods
Students will be asked to write a 10 page paper to be based off of a reading of one of the proposed texts. After emailing the paper, the student will receive a question on the paper to be prepared for the oral exam.
The student will have approximately 15 minutes to present this answer during the oral exam.
The paper may be written in French, English, Spanish, or German, with the professor’s agreement.
Other information
English-friendly course: course taught in French but offering facilities in English.
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Fanon, Fr. (1964), Pour la Révolution africaine, Maspero, Paris.
Fanon, Fr. (1968), Sociologie d’une révolution (L'An V de la Révolution algérienne), Maspero, Paris, (1ère Ed. Maspero, 1959).
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Mbonimpa, M. (2006), Les Morts ne sont pas morts, Prise de parole, Sudbury.
Mbonimpa, M. (2008), La Terre sans mal, Prise de parole, Sudbury.
Mbonimpa, M. (2012), La Tribu de Sangwa, Prise de parole, Sudbury.
Mbonimpa, M. (2014), Diangombé, l’immortel, Prise de parole, Sudbury.
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Minor in Culture and Creation

Bachelor in Philosophy

Minor "Decentering History: Subalternities and postcolonial Studies"