This Decoloniality is a reading group and hands-on workshop in decolonial theory and practice for students and faculty in the arts and humanities. Taking as its starting premise a refusal to indulge decolonization as a mere metaphor (Tuck and Yang 2012) in the evasions and moves to innocence of white settler colonialism, This Decoloniality will interrogate core conceptual and instrumental aims of decolonization to repatriate Indigenous land and life. It will also engage with the long history of what Aníbal Quijano has dubbed the ‘colonial matrix of power’ in terms of the concept of ‘decoloniality’ as ‘ways of thinking, knowing, being and doing that began with, but also precede, the colonial enterprise and invasion’ (Mignolo and Walsh 2018). Acknowledging both the urgency and difficulty of any decolonial process, This Decoloniality will be asking what specific feature of decoloniality is possible for us within the institutional framework of a United States university today. In short, when asking what decoloniality is for us, This Decoloniality will articulate what ‘this’ decoloniality is as an unfinished and ongoing process.
Meetings will take place on the following Thursdays 2-3:30 p.m. at the Graduate Reading Room (038L), Fine Arts Library:
- August 29 | Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, ‘Decolonization is not a metaphor’ (pp. 1-40)
- September 12 | Walter D. Mignolo and Cathering E. Walsh (2018), On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis, Introduction & Decoloniality in/as Praxis: Ch. 1-2 (pp. 1-56)
- September 26 | Mignolo and Walsh (2018,) Decoloniality in/as Praxis: Ch. 3, 4 and Conclusion (pp. 57-102)
- October 24 | Mignolo and Walsh (2018), The Decolonial Option, Ch. 5-6 (pp. 105-152)
- November 7 | Mignolo and Walsh (2018), The Decolonial Option, Ch. 7-9 (pp. 153-210)
- November 21 | Mignolo and Walsh (2018), The Decolonial Option, Ch. 10 & Closing Remarks (pp. 211-257)
- December 5 | Planning session for spring semester
Organized by K’acha Willaykuna: Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts and Humanities Collaboratiom. Funded by the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme.