CPIC focuses on individual and collaborative scholarly and research projects built around the participation of faculty and advanced graduate students at Binghamton University, throughout the United States, and internationally.
CPIC recognizes the contemporary richness and extent of attempts to decolonize subalternized knowledges at the tense intersection of multiple oppressions. These attempts emphasize recoveries of memory; histories of translations, in a wide sense in which "translation" includes translating epistemologies; encounters between oral and written expressions; narrative, poetic and other artistic experiments at the intersection of pluralities of histories; ecological practices; knowledges and ways of thinking from various traditions. CPIC also recognizes the need for spaces where these attempts can enter into connections, reroutings, and pluralizations of memory beyond disciplinary reductions, and strives to become one such space. Its mission is to provide institutional support and resources for such ongoing transdisciplinary research projects.
CPIC participates in the dialogue between anti-Eurocentered/anti-Eurocentric, counter-hegemonic, feminist, or multiculturalist projects and Eurocentered and other masculinist discourses. This dialogue includes knowledge production within its focus. This dialogue has never been straightforward and has been structured unequally in terms of power. CPIC is also attentive to internal critiques of modernity--including Marxisms and postmodernisms-- that are mindful of the possible connections with these attempts at decolonization.
CPIC supports emergent forms of thinking critical of attachments to disciplinary principles, of ways of thinking splitting the knowing subject and the object known, of ways of knowing that suppress the inter-subjective dimension in the production of knowledge, of forms of discourse that uphold linguistic purity. The center seeks not only to support these new perspectives, but also to investigate the difficult questions concerning their perilous relations with institutionalized disciplinary practices and structures.
CPIC supports attempts to disrupt recurrent distinctions between theory and practice, knowledge and value, ethics and aesthetics, secular and sacred; radical and self-critical forms of social understanding, anthropology, and cultural studies, including auto-ethnography and autobiography; expressive, performative, and reflective practices situated in between more than one tradition and their historical relations; translations and critiques that reveal how the West has translated itself into the colonies and translations that aims at decolonization. CPIC wishes to foster relations between creative and thinking people in and out of the academy.