Walter Mignolo

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

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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DISPATCHES FROM HONG KONG 4: LEARNING TO UNLEARN: DECOLONIAL REFLECTIONS FROM EURASIA AND THE AMERICAS

Ohio University Press just released the book i have co-authored with Madina Tlostanova. The arguments advanced here complement Madina’s explorations on Gender Epistemologies in the Eurasian Borderlands (2010). For my part, this book is a bridge between Local Histories/Global Designs. Coloniality, Subaltern Knoweldges and Border Thinking (2000, the second edition with a new Preface will […]

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DISPATCHES FROM HONG KONG 2: GLOBAL COLONIALITY AND THE “ASIAN CENTURY”

For a long time scholars in the social sciences and the humanities, journalist, artists and curators talked about “modernity.” They found also that their modernity could be expanded and stretched in time (post), in space (peripheral, alternative), hierarchically (subaltern) and later to run parallel to the French version of the World Social Forum: alter-mondisme became […]

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LA DESOCCIDENTALIZACIÓN ES IRREVERSIBLE: LA RENACIONALIZACIÓN DE REPSOL-YPF

El gobierno español anuncia ¨represalias contundentes¨ al gobierno argentino por la nacionalizacion de REPSOL-YPF. Estados Unidos apoya a España y se comporta de acuerdo a hábitos paternalistas. Es dificil para los padres comprender que los chicos crecen. Aunque el tono indica el reconocimiento de que la desoccidentalización es irreversible. Además de informar sobre las represalias, […]

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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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