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 South West (Anglo/as, Hispanics, Native Americans and Chicano/as). One of the goals of decoloniality is to undo disciplinary formations and social classifications imposed upon us by coloniality, that is, by the colonial matrix of power. Decoloniality promotes belonging and conviviality, rather than antagonisms based on belonging. And decoloniality promotes learning to unlearn what disciplinary formations make us believe. The workshop was an exemplar moment of how disciplinary and ethnic boundaries can be transcendent without being abandoned. There cannot be interdisciplinary work if there is no ethnic equality for interdisciplinarity today is still encumbered by racism. In that vain, the workshop was preceded by a lecture in which the topic prompting some of the key issues to be discussed in the workshop: “When the other thinks/thinking without the other.”

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