Eurocentric power needs to create narratives about colonial history in order to control interpretations of it. Concepts of law and justice have played an important role in this. Also today, the idea of justice is used to approve violent migratory control policies, including the aggressive persecution, detention, and deportation of persons.
The conference The Empire of Law. Legality and Other Narrative Tools of Colonialism deals with the subject of law, justice and colonialism from a decolonial and anti-racist perspective. Speakers, among others, include Yuderkys Espinosa Miñoso, Daniela Ortiz, Walter Andino Midence, Black Speaks Back, Collectif Mémoire Coloniale, Lutte contre les Discriminations, and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez.
The conference is co-produced and co-commissioned by Netwerk Aalst, Belgium, and KADIST, Paris in the framework of Netwerk Aalst's programme The Unreliable Protagonist and KADIST’s three-year project Not Fully Human, Not Human at All, curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez. The conference is also part of the programme of the Contour Biennale 9: Coltan As Cotton.