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Decoloniality and Western Modernity

Date & Time:
March 15, 2018 | 2:00 pm
Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL)

The Language Research Centre, the Calgary Institute for the Humanities and LARC will host Walter Mignolo (Professor, Duke University) to explore decoloniality and modernity. This event is free and open to the public. Location: Gallery Hall, TFDL. Wednesday March 15, 2018, 2pm.

To understand decoloniality and Western modernity requires to understand previously coloniality and Western modernity. In reality there is no Western modernity without Western coloniality. Hence, Western modernity/coloniality has to be explained. On the other hand, there is no modernity that it is not Western modernity. Modernity in glued to Western Civilization (for that is what we mean by Western) and coloniality. Or, to put it differently, modernity/coloniality is the very foundation of Western Civilization. And where does decoloniality fit into the scheme? Modernity/coloniality engenders decoloniality. This paragraph is written from the perspective of decoloniality. It is a decolonial paragraph.