Eindhoven, Netherlands

Learning to Unlearn Decolonially

online course
when 22 June 2020 - 8 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 450

Coloniality of knowledge, aesthetics and spirituality are areas of experience managed and controlled by major Western institutions. The combination of institutions and languages secured the belief in the universality of Western knowledge, aesthetics, beliefs and its peculiar 'rational' world-view. It also drove the appropriation and destitution of non-western knowledges, aesthesis and spiritualities. The seminar will be devoted to explore decoloniality as a praxis of reconstitution, of re-existence and the re-encounter with the communal. Learning to unlearn is a step towards disobedient delinking and the beginning of a walk towards re-making and re-learning ourselves in communal and decolonial paths of re-existence.

Coloniality of knowledge, aesthetics and spirituality are areas of experience managed and controlled by three major Western institutions, the university, museum and the church. Euro/Westerncentrism is mounted on these three pillars and articulated by six modern European imperial languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French, German, English).

The combination of institutions and languages secured the belief in the universality of Western knowledge, aesthetics, beliefs and its peculiar 'rational' world-view. It also drove the appropriation and destitution, the classification and devaluation of non-western knowledges, aesthesis and spiritualities. The invention of barbarians, primitives, terrorists, underdeveloped and the like, were and are classifications enacting the colonial difference in the constant process of destitution.

All of these amounts to the overarching hegemony of the Western world sense (cosmo-vivencia) and its administration and regulation of knowledge and understanding through epistemology and hermeneutics; the senses through esthetics and spirituality through theology. The seminar will be devoted to explore decoloniality as a praxis epistemic and aesthetic reconstitution, of re-existence and the re-encounter with the communal.

Learning to unlearn what is taken for granted is a priority. Asking when, why and how the modern theological, scientific, historical, artistic, esthetical version of reality came into being is the first step to relearn, to reconstitute what was destituted. Reconstitution is a fundamental horizon and praxis for decolonial communal living thinking.

Disobedience, unlearning and reconstitution have been the general orientation of the 'Maria Lugones' Decolonial Summer School through the years. Learning to unlearn is a step towards disobedient delinking and the beginning of a walk towards re-making and re-learning ourselves in communal and decolonial paths of re-existence. This will be focus of the 12th edition of the 'Maria Lugones' Decolonial Summer School.

This course is offered in an online format.

Course leader

Prof. Walter Mignolo & Dr. Rolando Vázquez

Target group

Designed for graduate students (Ph.D. and M.A.) from all disciplinary backgrounds. The course is also open to interested advanced undegraduate students.

Course aim

The course will make the students acquainted with the most current debates around decolonial critical thought, in particular in relation to the communal.

Fee info

EUR 450: Course + course materials

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