Prof Walter Mignolo

Prof Walter Mignolo

 

Title: William H. Wannamaker Professor and Director, Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University.

 

Research interest: In August of 2014 I was invited to a conversation with graduate students and faculty at the University of Cape Town, Centre of African Studies. The topic was announced as “On Decoloniality.”  At the end of my presentation, during the A&Q period, a post-doc colleague from Brazil asked this very interesting question: what a decolonial research agenda would look like? I do not remember the exact answer because i kept on thinking of it. But between that moment and now, reflecting on what i did in the past 30 years what i am doing now,  and what i project to do, i would say that my decolonial research agenda (and i would suspect of many of us in the collective modernity/coloniality/decoloniality) is simply this: 1) how coloniality of power (or the colonial matrix of power) was historical put in place, in the sixteenth century, how was transformed and maintained in the hands or Western European imperial power (which is today the executive of the European Union) and the US; 2) how by 2000, until today and for years to come, that control and management of coloniaility of power is being disputed mainly by BRICS countries, but also by “emerging” economies like Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Turkey and 3) what are the decolonial venues for delinking from  coloniality of power, either managed by the West or disputed from the non-West, in all its spheres: political, economical, aeshetical, religious, philosophical and in general epistemic and hermeneutical. Delinking from coloniality of power means to erode and dismantle its two basic pillars: racism and genderism. Last but not least, 4) the investigation and enactment of building the communal (which is going on in different part of the world and in different domains of life) beyond the requirements of re-westernization (the current politics of US and the EU) and de-westernization (the current politics of Russia, China, more general, BRICS states).