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Walter Mignolo, Faculty

Walter Mignolo
Contact Info:
Office Location:  224 Franklin Center, Box 90402
Office Phone:  (919) 668-2151, (919) 668-1949
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.Ecole Des Hautes Etudes (France)1974
Research Interests:

Global Coloniality, Critical Cosmopolitanism, Modern/Colonial World System


Colonies • Decolonization • Geopolitics • Knowledge

Postdocs Mentored

  • Julo Pinto (Augsut 1, 2014--July 31, 2015)  
  • Andres Arguello Parra (Fall Semester 2013)  
  • Nelson Maldonado-Torres (Scholarly year 2003-2004)  
  • Bernal Herrera (Fall 2009)  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Mignolo, W, The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options, Latin America Otherwise (2011), pp. 408 pages, Duke University Press ( [ViewProduct.php]  [abs]
  2. Mignolo, WALTER, Globalization and the Decolonial Option, edited by Mignolo, W; Escobar, A, Cultural Studies, vol. 21 no. 2-3 (2007), Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles, ISSN 1466-4348 [title~content=g776420754~db=all]
  3. Mignolo, W, The Idea of Latin America (2005), Blackwell
  4. Mignolo, WD, The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Colonial Difference, South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 101 no. 1 (January, 2002), pp. 57-96, Duke University Press, ISSN 1527-8026 [doi]
  5. Mignolo, WD, The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality and Colonization (1995), The University of Michigan Press  [abs]
  6. Mignolo, WD, Epistemischer Ungehorsam. Rhetorik der Moderne, Logik der Kolonialität und Grammatik der Dekolonialität (German Translation) (2012), pp. 210 pages, Verlag Turia + Kant, Vienna, Austria (Translated with an introduction, by Jens Katsner and Tom Waibel..) [pdf_3]  [abs]
  7. with Mignolo, WD; Tlostanova, M, Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas (2012), Ohio University Press, Columbus, Ohio [pages/tlostanova%20learning.html]
  8. Mignolo, WD, El vuelco de la razón: diferencia colonial y pensamiento fronterizo (2011), pp. 182 pages, Ediciones del Signo and Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University, Buenos Aires, Argentina, ISBN 978-987-1074-95-2 [available here]  [abs]
  9. Walter D. Mignolo, Loci of enunciation and imaginary constructions: The Case of (Latin) America, edited by Mignolo, W, Poetics Today, vol. I & II no. 4 (1995), Duke University Press, ISSN 1527-5507
  10. Mignolo, WD, De la hermenéutica y la semiosis colonial al pensar descolonial (2011), pp. 145 pages, Abya Yala y Universidad Politecnica Salesiana, Quito, Ecuador (A collection of five articles, in Spanish, from 1983 to 1995 that are the foundation of my major books since ¨The Darker Side of the Renaissance.¨ An introduction by Gustavo Verdesio explains the trajectory..)  [abs]
  11. Mignolo, WD, The idea of Latin America (Korean Translation) (May, 2010), Editorial Greenbee, Seoul, South Korea [articleView.html]
Selected Invited Lectures

  1. Hegel's Spirit and the Opium War: Local Histories/Global Designs, March 14, 2012, Advanced Institute for Cross Disciplinary Research, City University of Hong Kong    
  2. A Decolonial Archeology of Hegel’s Spirit: The Ming Dinasty, Pope Alexander VI and Matteo Ricci, March 28, 2012, Advanced Institute for Crossdisciplinary Studies, City University of Hong Kong    
  3. Critical Theory and Decolonial Thinking: Two Parallel Roads to the Future, April 30 to May 1, 2010, Keynote address, New Directions in Critical Theory, Grad Students Conference, Tucson, Arizona    
  4. The Spirit Croces de Atlantic and Move to the US: Hiroshima, Human Rights, Bandung and the Cold War., April 11, 2012, Advanced Institute for Crossdisciplinary Studies, City University of Hong Kong    
  5. The Spirit Crossed the Pacific and Returned to the East Closing the Cycle of Western Imperial Expansion: Dewesternization and Decoloniality, April 25, 2012, Advanced Institute for Cross Disciplinary Research, City University of Hong Kong    
  6. The Spirit Returns to the East: Rewesternization, Dewesternization, Decoloniality and the Roads to Future, May 22, 2012, Beijing, in 25th Conference of the Academy of Latinity - "Humanity and Difference in the Global Age", held at the Wenjin Hotel in Beijing, from the 21st to the 23th of May 2012, in cooperation with Tsinghua University    
  7. Cosmopolitan Localism: A de-colonial shifting of the Kantian's legacies, May 31, 2010, Pusan National University, South Korea    
  8. Epistemic Desobedience and the Decolonial Option: A Manifesto, May 27, 2010, Seoul National University, Institute of Latin American Studies    
  9. Coloniality and Decolonial Thinking: An Introduction, June 3, 2011, Hong Kong    
  10. Second thought on geopolitics of kowledge and understanding, Inaugural Panel, May 10, 2010, Goldsmiths College, London, Workshop on Politics of Knowledge    
  11. De-Schooling and Learning to Unlearn: Ivan Illich's Legacies and the Project Amawtay Wasi, June 22, 2011, The University of Bremen, Germany    
  12. Who speaks for the "Human" in Western Humanism? A decolonial perspective, April 26-28, 2010, XXI Conference de l' Academie de la Latinite, Cordoba, Spain    
  13. Globalization and the geopolitics of knowing: A decolonial view of the Humanities, April 23, 2010, Hilldale Lectures in the Arts and Humanities, the University of Wisconsin at Madison    
  14. Global Linear Thinking, International Law and (De)Coloniality, July 1, 2011, Berlin, Goethe-Saal, Harnack-Haus, Max-Planc Gesellschaft    
  15. “Geopolitics of Knowing/Understanding and American Studies,” Keynote address, April 8-11, 2010, American Studies as Transnational Practice, Texas Tech Comparative Literature Symposium, Lubbock, Texas    
  16. The communal and the decolonial, Keynote Address, April 16, 2010, 20th Annual Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Conference    
  17. Modernity: The Way We Are, May 19, 2011, The University of Bremen, Germany    
  18. Re-Westernization, De-Westernization and De-Coloniality, June 2 and June 3, 2010, Two lectures delivered at Peking University and Renmi University, Beijing, China    
  19. The Global South and World Disorder, XXXth Distinguished Lecture, Journal of Anthropological Research, March 04, 2010, University of New Mexico    
  20. The State We' re In- Cosmopolitanism, March 7, 2009, Birkbeck College, London [link.]    
  21. Anti-Systemic Movements and Decolonial Projects, December 31, 2009, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico    
  22. Between Cosmopolitanism and Empire: Europe, Human Rights, and Sovereignty, March 6, 2009, London, Birkbeck College [launchworkshopflyer+mignolo+birkbeck+empire+and+cosmopolitanism&hl=en&gl=us&sig=AHIEtbRhE7]    
  23. Epistemic Disobedience and the Decolonial Option, March 5, 2009, Goldsmiths College, London [available here]    
  24. Geopoliticas del conocimiento y formaciones disciplinarias, August 3-August 14, 2009, Quito, Ecuador [Boliv]    
  25. The Advent of Black Thinkers and the Limits of Continental Philosophy, June 29, 2009, Amsterdam, NiNsee [B]    
  26. Transmodernity and Global Decoloniality, March 13/14, 2009, Tate Britain Museum, London [Bourriau.]    

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