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Sourcing the Decolonial

Consider attending the following event:

“Sourcing the Decolonial: The Coloniality of Power, Settler Colonialism, and the Critique of Imperialism”

Abraham I. Acosta, Associate Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Arizona

Tuesday, February 25th from 12:00-1:30 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room


For more than twenty years now, the concepts of coloniality of power and settler colonialism have been pivotal in the formation and development of decolonial critiques of power. Understood as names for a cultural-political modality for establishing and sustaining geopolitical subordination, the concept has become conventionalized and routinely deployed in order to assert that the epistemological and political terms of dominance over the Americas has a specific, exclusively European, provenance. A closer look at the theoretical writing on these concepts, however, reveals a more ambivalent reading. Challenging the ways in which these concepts have been fashioned together as a critical foothold for decolonial thought, this talk will suggest that coloniality of power and settler colonialism are actually quite divergent theoretical propositions that have been hastily aligned, and which may instead effectively render into crisis the entire decolonial project itself.

This event is free and open to the public.

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