Learning to Unlearn
Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
Series: Transoceanic Studies
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We warmly thank Luis Fernando Sarango—rector of Amawtay Wasi—The Intercultural University of the Indigenous Nationalities and People of Ecuador— for granting us permission to reproduce the diagrams and for providing the updated versions. ...
Introduction: Learning to Unlearn: Thinking Decolonially
“Learning to unlearn” grew out of ten years of conversations and collaborations on issues of common interest. As an Uzbek-Cherkess living in Moscow and of an ethnically Muslim family, Madina was concerned with colonial questions in Central Asia and the Caucasus. As a son of Italian immigrants to Argentina and living in the U.S., ...
Chapter 1. The Logic of Coloniality and the Limits of Postcoloniality: Colonial Studies, Postcoloniality, and Decoloniality
In July 2001, we were teaching a summer seminar, sponsored by Open Society Institute at the European Humanities University, in Minsk, Belarus. During a lunch conversation in which we were talking about “postcoloniality,” one of the participants in the seminar asked: “What exactly is coloniality? When you talk about postmodernity,” ...
Chapter 2. Theorizing from the Borders; Shifting to the Geo- and Body Politics of Knowledge
Border thinking and theorizing emerged from and as a response to the violence (frontiers) of imperial/territorial epistemology and the rhetoric of salvation that continues to be implemented on the assumption of the inferiority or devilish intentions of the other and, therefore, continues to justify oppression and exploitation as well as eradication of difference. ...
Chapter 3. Transcultural Tricksters in between Empires: “Suspended” Indigenous Agency in the Non-European Russian/Soviet (Ex-)Colonies and the Decolonial Option
Non-European Russian/Soviet (ex-)colonies such as the Caucasus and Central Asia are one of the typical subjects of area studies research—the proverbial subalterns who were taught to speak in the language of the Soviet modernity but presumably retained a number of unchangeable characteristics pointed toward a negatively marked “tradition.” ...
Chapter 4. Non-European Soviet Ex-Colonies and the Coloniality of Gender, or How to Unlearn Western Feminism in Eurasian Borderlands
In the title of this chapter, I intentionally juxtapose María Lugones’s concept of coloniality of gender, formulated mostly in relation to the colonial world and mainly to South America though obviously having a global reach, and the local history and epistemic and ontological conditions of the Caucasus and Central Asia, ...
Chapter 5. Who Speaks for the “Human” in Human Rights? Dispensable and Bare Lives
Chapter 4 raised the issues of gender in non-European ex-colonies. When the gender issues are debated by mainstream feminists in Europe or the U.S., it is de facto assumed that race is not constitutive of gender. However, outside Europe and the U.S., racism and gender are mutually constitutive. ...
Chapter 6. Thinking Decolonially: Citizenship, Knowledge, and the Limits of Humanity
To further explore the relevance of the trickster, it would be useful to revisit the concept of citizenship in a decolonial frame and in Western political culture. In this chapter, we expand on several issues touched upon in the previous one. ...
Chapter 7. Globalization and the Geopolitics of Knowledge: The Role of the Humanities in the Corporate University
In chapters 3 to 6, we explored different aspects of the modern/ colonial world order, focusing on the coloniality of knowledge and being and, simultaneously, the attempts and decolonial possibilities in which the formation of global political societies and scholarship are engaged. ...
It is time to return to our main line of argument: learning to unlearn in order to relearn, the decoloniality of knowledge and of being, and the decolonial option. How are these three concepts related and how do we relate to them? ...
Page Count: 304
Illustrations: 7 illustrations
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Transoceanic Studies
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