Walter Mignolo

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

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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Touching Objects or Being in (Un)Touch

1.- There are distinctions like “First World” and “Third World” that if you mention them today, you receive an ironic look, if that at all. More polite interlocutors would say something like “I see what you mean, but don’t you think that this distinction is not longer valid, after the collapse of the Soviet Union […]

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DECOLONIAL THINKING AND EDUCATION: FRAGMENTS OF A ¨TERTULIA¨

On December 26, 2012 was held in Buenos Aires a Tertulia, convened by Walter Mignolo (Duke University) and Cecilia Hecht (BioeconTV) in a legendary cafe on Avenida Corrientes, a ¨tertulia¨ on decolonial thinking, cashless economy and education. The conversation focused on education. The topic was introduced by a quotation from the book of Ivan Ilyich […]

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DISPATCHES FROM HONG KONG 5: DOUBTFUL POSTCOLONIAL/DECOLONIAL SCHOLARSHIP

A book by Margaret Kohn and Keally McBride titled Political Theories of Decolonization. Postcolonialism and the Problems of Foundations (Oxford University Press, 2011), was recommended to me. I began to read it with great interest, because of the topic, and soon realized that due attention has been given to recent theoretical unfolding in decolonial thinking […]

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Decoloniality and the South West

  In the Spring of 2011, a workshop on “Decoloniality and the South West” took place at the university of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, organized by assistant professor Michael Trujillo. It was indeed a wonderful experience with participants from several disciplines and academic formations, as well as belonging to diverse ethnic communities that characterize the […]

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The Spirit Returns to the East: Hong-Kong and Decolonial Thinking

  The recently inaugurated Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Cross-Disciplinary Studies has “negotiating the past and coloniality”  as one of its five general themes of investigation. The first exploratory workshop on “Coloniality and Decolonial Thinking” will take place at the Institute on Junes 3 and 4 of 2011. For more information about the Institute and […]

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The Collective Project Modernity/Coloniality/Decoloniality

One of the pleasure of going to the stacks in any library that allows you to go to the stacks, is to find much more than you were looking for. Now, that pleasure is being complemented (not superseded) by the web. It so happened that looking for recent books and articles about “modernity” (a topic […]

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Slavery, the Holocaust and the Challenge of Global Justice

A Summer School in Middleburg, Holland, co-directed by Walter Mignolo and Rolando Vazquez http://trinity.duke.edu/globalstudies/slavery-the-holocaust-and-the-challenge-of-global-justice-exploring-critical-and-decolonial-approaches, followed up by a workshop on Critical and Decolonial Dialogues http://trinity.duke.edu/globalstudies/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/100215-critical-and-decolonial-dialogues-Final.pdf Both the Seminar and the Workshop are based on a basic assumptions: There are two kind of critics to modernity. One is internal to Europe, from the Frankfurt School to […]

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