Walter Mignolo

Thoughts on modernity/coloniality, geopolitics of knowledge, border thinking, pluriversality, and the decolonial option.

Ukraine 2014: A Decolonial Take

      According to newsbreaks around the world, 95.5% of Crimean voted in favor of Russian annexation. The current Ukraine acting-government has lit the torch of civil war. Prime Minister Yatseniuk is quoted as saying that “the ground will burn under their feet.” The US announced to make effective and immediately sanctions against Russia.        The EU [...]

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En Guatemala, Sobre (De)Colonialidad en Ciudad de la Imaginación

Esta entrevista se realizó en ocasión de mi visita a Quetzaltenango, en Noviembre del 2013. La razón fue el Simposio organizado por Ciudad de la Imaginación.   ¿Dónde y cuándo emergió el concepto decolonial? R: Dificil precisar el dia y la hora. Pero si que el concepto comenzó a emplearse después de la segunda guerra [...]

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Tonight in Buenos Aires I Saw a Black Man

I pasted this story in FB. Then i realized that one of the proper names was wrongly spelled. So i deleted, corrected the original (apparently you cannot edit directly in FB) and pasted again. It so happened that the new pasting reproduced the text without paragraphs. I tried several times. Failed. So i am posting [...]

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On Pluriversality

The piece below was written in rsponse to a question formulated by Arturo Escobar, Marisol de la Cadena and Mario Blaser. Marisol, Mario and Arturo are starting a project investigating the various uses of the concept of ¨pluriverse.¨ They asked me how I stumbled into the concept and how I  used and use  it. In [...]

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Decolonial Voice Lending – Interview

This video interview was run by  Rod Sachs, in the Summer of 2012. Rod was an advanced undergraduate student at the University of Texas in San Antonio, where i met him during a week at the University where i was the UTSA Distinguished Brackenridge Visiting Lecture. That was in March. The summer of the same [...]

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Towards the End of the University as we Knew It (II).

Louis Yako has fired an enlightening broadside from his graduate student´s experience, calling our attention to were the university as we know it today is heading. Since the classic book by Bill Readings (The University in Ruins, 1996), scholars have been proactive in alerting all of us on universities’ corporate turn. But it was less [...]

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Mike´s Kitchen and the Indian Ocean

I am in Johannesburg (August 2013) at CISA. Most evenings, coming back from the university, enjoying a drive and conversation with Dilip, director of the Center, I stop at Mike´s Kitchen. Nothing fancy but good food. Grilled calamari, grilled chicken, grilled filet, fresh salad, steamy vegetable, and a decent Pinotage by the glass, makes it [...]

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Decolonial AestheSis: Colonial Wounds/Decolonial Healings

The special issue of Social Text-Periscope on Decolonial AestheSis co-edited by Rolando Vazquez and myself, is up and running. As i write this note there are still a few contributions to be uploaded. But it is almost there. These issue shows the global scope of Decolonial Aesthesis from Hong Kong, Singapore Korea and Taiwan, from [...]

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How Dewesternizing Discourse Works

On Friday, July 9th, i was listening Diane Rhem Show´s in the radio. The topic Edward Snowden and declarations made by Vladimir Putin to the journalist. According to one of the person participating in the dialogue, Putin made two contradictory statements. One of them has been widely distributed and occupies many of the news title. [...]

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