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Decolonization & Ways of Knowing

Date & Time:
March 15, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Location:
Memorial Park Library 1221 2 St SW
Speaker:
Dr. Walter Mignolo

As part of the LARC Dialogues Series, LARC will host Walter Mignolo (Professor, Duke University) & expert guests to explore how decolonization and the power of indigenous knowledge and art across the Americas counteract violent effects of modernity. This event is free and open to the public. Location: Memorial Park Library 1221 2 St SW at 7pm. 

The Americas, was an invention, as we all know. There was no America to be discovered. For three centuries (1500--1800) the basic demographic formation of the Americas was composed by Pueblos Originarios/First Nations; non-Invited Europeans who arrived without passports; and forced migrations of human being from Africa, enslaved and transported. These three demo-graphic components were endowed with their own millenarian knowledge, memories and prax-is of living. Heterogeneous knowledges and memories but at at the same time differentiate. The Americas were invented and founded on epistemic differential: European convents, univer-sities, governments, education were imposed upon the population of Pueblos/Originarios and of African and Afro-descendent. Today decoloniality has consequently three different path: Pueb-los Originarios/First Nations (Indigenous) path; Afro-descendent path and dissenting Euro-descendent path. All three forms are grounded in their own praxis of living knowing, emotion-ing and believing.