Walter Mignolo

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

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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COLONIALITY: THE PAST AND PRESENT OF GLOBAL UNJUSTICE

The First Istanbul World Forum on Justice was organized by the Primer Minister Office of Public Diplomacy and SETA Foundation. Two intense days (October 13 and 14), hosted about 150 invited speakers plus a significant number of local audience congregated at the Istanbul Congress Center. The topics, well selected, touched on the wide spectrum of […]

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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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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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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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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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