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Towards Transcultural Self-Writing : Mapping the Struggles of Minoritised Cultures in Colombia

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Gruber, Valerie V. V. ; Ndi, Gilbert Shang ; Banguero Velasco, Rigoberto:
Towards Transcultural Self-Writing : Mapping the Struggles of Minoritised Cultures in Colombia.
In: Baumann Montecinos, Julika ; Grünfelder, Tobias ; Wieland, Josef (ed.): A Relational View on Cultural Complexity : Implications for Theory and Practice. - Cham : Springer , 2023 . - pp. 173-189 . - (Relational Economics and Organization Governance )
ISBN 978-3-031-27454-1

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Project's official title
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Moral Geographies of Re-Existence: Socio-cultural Practices and Visions of a Good Life in Afro-descendant Communities in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) and Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)
EXC 2052/1 – 390713894

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Abstract in another language

More explicitly than in most other countries, the case of Colombia reveals that for members of minoritised groups such as Afrodescendant and indigenous communities, transculturality can be both a mobilising vision of hope and resistance, and a traumatising experience of colonisation and marginalisation. Against this backdrop, our chapter focuses on self-writing as a means of exploring the historical and ethical preconditions for a jointly envisioned transculturality, which are often overlooked in neoliberal discourses of a globalised world. Based on ethnographic experiences and self-writing research from Colombia, we examine how memory, corporality and territoriality constitute avenues of transcultural imagination. We argue that transculturality needs to be rooted in a critical consciousness of historical processes of colonisation, collective trauma and persistently unequal power relations. For peoples of formerly colonised spaces, rewriting the self is a matter of urgency and agency. It is the basis for the (re)negotiation of their existence, interaction and exchange with other cultures.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Self-Writing; Transculturality; Afrodescendant; Indigenous; Inequality
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit > EXC 2052 - Africa Multiple: Afrikastudien neu gestalten
Graduate Schools > BIGSAS
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
800 Literature > 860 Spanish, Portuguese literatures
900 History and geography
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2024 09:26
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2024 09:26