The following are the abstracts received, to date. More will appear and be posted as conference approaches.
epistemology beyond thinking, pluriversality beyond pluralism
Is a neutral perspective on human experience possible? What other than thought can ground knowledge “production”? Where do thoughts come from? Can there be thoughts without a thinker, as Buddhist’s argue? Can a political knowledge arise from stopping thought (ie, from meditation)? Such questions, reveal the parochial space of political theology, dressed in Christian garb for too long. I attempt to redress the dominance of the Euro-Christo-centric thinker by undressing his political thoughts, to unveil a pre-cultural, transhistorical universal through the sublime grammars of the animal and saint, and thus pushing towards a “political humanidevality” (human-animal-deva), where an Indo-Iranian deva replaces the Latin deus and Greek theos – intimating a possible integration of animal body with selfless mind, by disciplining the egoic and dualistic thinking of “I-Mind”. The knowledge that arises from this “I-less mind” or “mindfulness”, or universal awareness might offer different ways to formulate the notion of sovereignty, and thus, undress political theology’s dependence on human thinking, to encounter thoughts without I. This requires tapping into a neglected or missed or unthought epistemology arising from the embodied experience of humanidevality and its sovereign awareness.
Finally, even if thought it is to be the beginning, it should at least be comparative – which it has never been in the Christian West. I will argue for the ethical need of a new decolonial/pluriversal frame: “the Deep” has been imagined as tehoma but also as sunn-samaadh (the embodied awareness of universal essencelessness).