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Decolonization & Ways of Knowing

Date & Time:
March 14, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Memorial Park Library 1221 2 St SW
Walter Mignolo (Professor, Duke University)

As part of the Latin American Research Centre (LARC) Dialogues Series, LARC will host Walter Mignolo (Professor, Duke University) to explore how decolonization and the power of indigenous knowledge and art across the Americas counteract violent effects of modernity. Guests Leroy Little Bear (Professor, University of Lethbridge) and Larissa Lai (Associate Professor, University of Calgary) will join Walter Mignolo for an in-depth engaging dialogue on the emerging issues. 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 beings from Africa, enslaved and transported. These three demographic components were endowed with their own millenarian knowledge, memories and praxis of living. Heterogeneous knowledges and memories but at at the same time differentiate. The Americas were invented and founded on epistemic differential: European convents, universities, governments, education were imposed upon the population of Pueblos/Originarios and of African and Afro-descendent. Today decoloniality has consequently three different paths: Pueblos 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, emotioning and believing.