Thursday, 13 April, 2023 

Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz will pose issues around the impossibility of decolonising Europe. Elvira Dyangani Ose will examine notions of togetherness embodied by the social imaginary of revolutionary anticolonial movements and the subjectivities their international comradeship brings to light.

Taking the question Where are the Oases? as the starting point for this ninth edition of PEI, the seminar aims to explore diverse configurations of emancipatory space-times, intersections of decolonial practice and thought.

The Independent Studies Programme (PEI) is a learning tool that aims to share and disseminate part of its content via the PEI Obert programme and the La Colonie nomade project, as well as through the occasional offer of places in certain academic courses.

With the support of
EU co founded logo - L'Internationale - 2023
Logos de Acción Cultural Española y del programa para la Internacionalización de laCuñtura Española
Campaign image of the seminar Where are the oases session 2


17:00 h

Max Jorge Hinderer ¿Descolonizar Europa?  (Decolonising Europe?)

Much is said about de-colonisation and the de-colonial in art centres and academic education centres. Much is said about de-colonisation in Europe. But how can we imagine a process of de-colonising Europe? Can the coloniser be de-colonised? What at first seems like a contradiction, or even an aberration, can also be understood as a possibility: the conjunction of de-colonial discourse and its commercial derivatives can be understood as a window of time, a truce or an oasis, in a process of decolonisation  that is otherwise unlikely be carried out non-violently.
18:00 h

Elvira Dyangani Ose, Sobre el hecho de estar juntos (On Being Together)

There is a recurring image of the crowd –or of the individuals within it– as a visual representation of a new social imaginary that emerged from specific historical conjunctures, particularly those linked to anti-imperialist solidarity movements and of independence from the colonial metropole. In these particular cases, the crowd –the people– embodied a promised sense of togetherness, as witnessed and experienced by the leaders of the most important revolutionary movements of the twentieth century and their followers. A notion of togetherness, which, as Boris Buden points out, always implies the quality of being a refuge or shelter, of offering protection against a form of danger. This presentation is based on some of the ideas and aesthetics of such works that aim to closely examine the grammar of various sociopolitical situations, bringing forward invisibilized subjectivities and politics, highlighting aspects of an international comradeship that open up and broaden the readings of modern and contemporary history.



Emily Jacir Translocal proximities

In this session, Emily Jacir will reflect on what decolonial methodologies and practices are useful in learning collectively. For this, she will refer to projects such as the Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir arts residency centre, of which she is the founder, and to a part of her work based on personal histories as a way of putting together an archive of active processes of a collective writing of history. Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir is a platform oriented towards experimental learning processes and practices for the community, as well as a place dedicated to educational, cultural and agricultural exchanges, that occupies a historical family building in Bethlehem (Palestine).

  • The activity is held in the MACBA Meier Auditorium in English.
  • You can also follow it live on the museum’s website and YouTube channel.
  • Registration for individual sessions can only be done at the museum, before the start of the activity, and is subject to the availability of spaces.

If you have any question, feel free to contact us on 93 481 79 05 or by email at pei [at] macba [dot] cat.