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Walter Mignolo, William H. Wannamaker Professor of Romance Studies and Professor of Romance Studies and Cultural Anthropology

Walter Mignolo

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. His research stands on four basic premises: a) the there is no world-system before 1500 and the integration of America in the Western Christian (European) imaginary; b) that the world-system generated the idea of “newness” (the New World) and of modernity and c) that there is no modernity without coloniality—coloniality is constitutive no derivative of modernity; d) the modern/colonial imaginary was mounted and maintained on the invention of the Human and Humanity that provided the point of reference for the invention of racism and sexism together with the invention of nature.

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. Because the political dimension of his work, in the past fifteenth years Mignolo’s energy has been increasingly devoted to the public sphere working with artists, curators, and with journalists, writing op-eds and giving frequent interviews in English and Spanish, co-organizing and co-teaching Summer Schools in Middelburg, Bremen, and at UNC-Duke. He is also frequently delivering workshops for faculty and graduate students in South and Central America, Asia, and Europe.

Mignolo was awarded the Katherine Singer Kovaks prize (MLA) for The darker side of the renaissance: literacy, territoriality and colonization (1996) and the Frantz Fanon Prize by the Caribbean Philosophical Association for The Idea of Latin America (2006). His work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Swedish, Rumanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Info:
Office Location:  125B Friedl Building, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 668-2151, (919) 668-1949
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:  https://globalstudies.trinity.duke.edu/
http://waltermignolo.com/

Teaching (Spring 2016):

  • SPANISH 412S.01, MAYAS, AZTECS, AND INCAS Synopsis
    Crowell 107, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    (also cross-listed as CULANTH 367S.01, ICS 460S.01, LSGS 412S.01)
  • LIT 690S.02, SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE Synopsis
    Carr 106, M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 690S.01, CULANTH 590S.01, ROMST 690S.01)
Teaching (Fall 2016):

  • SPANISH 335.01, INTRO SPANISH-AMER LIT Synopsis
    Carr 106, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
  • LIT 690S.02, SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE Synopsis
    Carr 106, M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment (between 1pm and 3 pm)
Education:

Ph.D.Ecole Des Hautes Etudes (France)1973
Research Interests:

Global Coloniality, Critical Cosmopolitanism, Modern/Colonial World System

Keywords:

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. W Mignolo, The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Colonial Difference, SAQ: The South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 101 no. 1 (2003), pp. 57-96, Duke University Press, ISSN 1527-8026
  2. WD Mignolo, The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality and Colonization, manual (1995), The University of Michigan Press  [abs]
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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