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Decoloniality and Western Modernity - A talk by Walter Mignolo

Date & Time:
March 15, 2018 | 2:00 pm
Gallery Hall, TFDL
Dr. Walter Mignolo


The Language Research Centre and the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures will host Walter Mignolo (Professor, Duke University) to explore decoloniality and modernity.

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.


Dr Mignolo’s research and teaching have been devoted, in the past 30 years, to understanding and unraveling the historical foundation of the modern/colonial world system and imaginary since 1500. In his research, modern/colonial world system and imaginary is tantamount with the historical foundation of Western Civilization and its expansion around the globe. Briefly stated, Mignolo’s research has been and continues to be devoted to exposing modernity/coloniality as a machine that generates and maintains un-justices and to exploring decolonial ways of delinking from the modernity/coloniality.