“Decolonizing Knowledge: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons” is part of a larger intellectual and political initiative generally referred to as the “modernity/(de)coloniality research project.” A basic assumption of the project takes knowledge-making, since the European Renaissance, as a fundamental aspect of “coloniality” - the mission of saving the world by imposing an ideal model of society, of economy and of being. “Decolonizing knowledge” becomes, then, a task and a process of emancipation from assumed principles of knowledge and understanding of how the world is and should be.

The international Summer School, “Decolonizing Knowledges,” is an undertaking that aims at enlarging the scope of the conversation (analysis and investigation) of the hidden agenda of modernity (that is, coloniality) in the sphere of knowledge and higher education. Who is producing knowledge? What institutions and disciplines legitimize it? What is knowledge for, who benefits from it? Decolonizing knowledge and de-colonial thinking starts by asking basic questions about the knowledge-making itself.

About the Center

the amphitheatre in Terragona A view of the Tarragona Amphitheatre. Photo by Walter Mignolo.

DIÀLEG GLOBAL (Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization promoting research, knowledge-making, education (through seminars, workshops, exhibits, round-tables discussions, publications and video-making) and public policy to invent and work toward non-competitive horizons of life, of socio-economic organization and international relations. Non-profit and non-governmental organizations emerge within the civil and political society to address issues that are not supported or attended by government and corporations. Their function is crucial in building futures that are beyond the regulations of the States or the need of the Corporations. In order for the civil and political society to become relevant actors in social transformation and pointing out to the limits of corporate values and state regulation, it is necessary to create institutions knowledge-making not at the service of the state or the corporations but to the benefit of the civil society.

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