ICOAH 2019 – “Decolonization in the Arts and Humanities“
The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) is pleased to invite abstracts for its 6th International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICOAH) 2019 which will be held on 19 -20 September 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme of the conference is “Decolonization in the Arts and Humanities.”
Globalization increases collaboration and cross-pollination among peoples and cultures, but it also highlights power imbalances and colonialist behaviours in the ways non-Western cultures are treated and contextualized in academia and the arts. Many universities across Asia pursue higher global rankings through increased citation-count and thus hire scholars who focus on research of global applicability in the sciences, technology, and medicine, and not necessarily on locally relevant research in the humanities and the arts. Furthermore, in the words of fiber artist and social visionary Aram Han Sifuentes (2017), “Oftentimes, the crafts of other people are primitivized, fetishized, appropriated, stolen, and stripped of their context [by scholars from colonizing cultures].” She emphasizes, “in our language, overtly and subtly, we assert our baggage (history, values, cultural hierarchies) onto other cultures.”
Recently, we see an emergence of decolonization discourse in the arts and humanities that challenges deeply-rooted colonialist misconceptions, and acknowledges injustices of the past, destruction caused by imperialism, and related present suffering. Decolonized practice aims to be equitable among all cultures, to be precise in language and in historical context, and to respect all ways of knowing and being.
We call artists, researchers, educators, and visionaries from all cultures and disciplines to share your work and knowledge, with awareness towards decolonizing academic structures and paradigms, towards telling stories in their authentic historical contexts, and with embracing openness towards indigenous ways.