ALLEGORIES OF IMPERIALISM: BARBARIANS AND WORLD CULTURES
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Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Uhrzeit: 12:05 Uhr
Name der Publikation: Cultura: International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology
Inverting imperialist rhetoric, Oswald de Andrade’s Manifesto Antropófago (1929) used metaphors of primitivism and cannibalism in his assertion of Brazil’s identity versus European postcolonial cultural domination. In 1955, Aimé Césaire’s Discourse on Colonialism implicated Europe and labelled the colonizers as ‘barbaric’ and ‘morally diseased’ for their colonial treatment. By equating racism, barbarism and colonialism, Césaire claimed colonization to be a form of dehumanization, and argued that the German Nazi Party's persecution of Jews during World War II was part of “colonialist procedures applied to Europe” itself (Césaire 2000: 36) Waiting for the Barbarians, the novel published in 1980 by 2003 Nobel Prize J. M. Coetzee, discussed the topic from a fictional perspective. Imperial rhetoric confronted prosperity and justice, equivalent to civilization, with the mercilessness, disorder and brutality of barbarians. The term ‘furor barbaricus’ indicated the uncivilized and untamed nature of populations such as Scythians, Celts, Germans, Vikings, Huns and other tribes beyond the Greco-Roman Empire.
This thematic issue of Cultura explores the rhetoric of imperialism and barbarism, its hierarchies of knowledge, such as colonizer/colonized, Eastern/Western, North/South, civilized/primitive, scientific/superstitious, developed/underdeveloped.