Learning to Unlearn
Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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C O N T E N T S
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CHAPTER 1 The Logic of Coloniality and the Limits of Postcoloniality: CHAPTER 2 Theorizing from the Borders; Shifting to the Geo- and Body CHAPTER 3 Transcultural Tricksters in between Empires: “Suspended” CHAPTER 4 Non-European Soviet Ex-Colonies and the Coloniality of Gender, CHAPTER 5 Who Speaks for the “Human” in Human Rights? Dispensable ...
A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S
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We warmly thank Luis Fernando Sarango—rector of Amawtay Wasi—The Intercultural University of the Indigenous Nationalities and People of Ecua-dor—for granting us permission to reproduce the diagrams and for provid-We would also like to thank the Academy of Latinity and its General Secretary, Candido Mendes, for his generous invitation to both of us to par-...
Learning to Unlearn
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...“Learning to unlearn” grew out of ten years of conversations and collabora-tions 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., Walter was concerned with the colonial ...
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H A P T E R 1The Logic of Coloniality and the Limitsof Postcoloniality
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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 “postcolonial-ity,” one of the participants in the seminar asked: “What exactly is colonial-ity? When you talk about postmodernity,” she said, “I know what modernity is (at least I am familiar with the idea and the term), but when you talk about ...
C H A P T E R 2Theorizing from the Borders;Shifting to the Geo- and Body Politicsof Knowledge
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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, contin-ues to justify oppression and exploitation as well as eradication of differ-ence. Border thinking is the epistemology of the exteriority and, as such, is ...
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C H A P T E R 3Transcultural Tricksters in betweenEmpires
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Non-European Russian/Soviet (ex-)colonies such as the Caucasus and Cen-tral Asia are one of the typical subjects of area studies research—the pro-verbial subalterns who were taught to speak in the language of the Soviet modernity but presumably retained a number of unchangeable character-istics pointed toward a negatively marked “tradition.” Their interpretation ...
C H A P T E R 4Non-European Soviet Ex-Colonies andthe Coloniality of Gender, orHow to Unlearn Western Feminism inEurasian Borderlands
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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 Cauca-sus and Central Asia, the two Russian/Soviet “Orients” with a specific local ...
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C H A P T E R 5Who Speaks for the “Human” inHuman Rights?
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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. When it comes to Human Rights, the same principle applies. Thus, while ...
C H A P T E R 6Thinking Decolonially
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In Chapter 3, it was noted that nation building in Central Asia and the Cau-T_he inhabitants of Central Asia or the Caucasus, who are so much hated by xenophobic Russians and constitute a larger part of the labor migration today, go mainly to Russia and not to the West (which is possible only for the chosen few) looking for jobs and better life, because in the mod-...
C H A P T E R 7Globalization and theGeopolitics of Knowledge
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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. Ethnic (Chapter 3) and gender decolonial formations (Chapter 4) in Central Asia and the Caucasus were followed by a decolonial readings of the complici-...
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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 First of all, the principle of learning to unlearn in order to relearn is, as explained in the Introduction, the starting point of Amawtay Wasi. There-fore, it is a proposition of Indigenous philosophical and decolonial thinking. ...
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The political process that eventually created UIAW (Universidad Intercul-tural Amawtay Wasi) goes back to the 70s when “los pueblos originarios” in the Américas, and in the world, began a new stage in their long-lasting strug-gles (500 years in the Américas, 300 years in New Zealand, Australia, Africa, and Asia) to survive under the increasing pressure of Western imperial Pow-...
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...1. We mean here the parallel march of the—better known in the West—coloniza-tion of South America and the f_irst Russian colonies in Volga region and Western Siberia. Moscow was declared the T_hird Rome in the early sixteenth century, inheriting from the Byzantine empire a specif_ic providential theocratic imperial consciousness, with the state viewed as a metaphysical principle of sacred cosmology. T_he sixteenth century also ...
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Abashin, Sergei. 2004. “Naseleniye Ferganskoy Dolini” [The population of Ferghana Valley]. In Ferganskaja Dolina. Etnichnost. Ethnicheskie Protsessy. Etnicheskie Konflikty [Ferghana Val-ley. Ethnicity. Ethnic Processes. Ethnic Conflicts]. Moscow: Nauka, pp. 38–101.———. 2007. Natsionalizmi v Srednei Azii: v Poiskakh identichnosti [Nationalisms in Central ———. 2009. :Mustakillik i Pamyat ob Imperskom Proshlom: Prokhodya po zalam tashkentsk-...
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The Transoceanic Studies series rests on the assumption of a one-world system. This system—simultaneously modern and colonial and now postmodern and postcolonial (global)—profoundly restructured the world, displaced the Mediterranean mare nos-trum as a center of power and knowledge, and constructed dis-centered, transoceanic, waterways that reached across the world. The vast imaginary undergirding this system ...
Page Count: 304
Illustrations: 7 illustrations
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Transocieanic Studies
Series Editor Byline: Ileana Rodriguez