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A conversation on the history and development of decolonial thought and theory
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Slought, 4017 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Slought is pleased to announce The Decolonial Imagination, a conversation with Walter D. Mignolo, Gabriel Abudu, and Victor E. Taylor on the history and development of decolonial thought and theory, on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 5-7pm. This event is co-presented with the York College of Pennsylvania's Institute for Civic Arts and Humanities and the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Decolonial Imagination engages Mignolo's recent book with Catherine E. Walsh entitled On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis. As Mignolo writes, decoloniality is a way to fundamentally address and resist how human beings are being "ruled." It is an examination and confrontation of power alongside and before coloniality—the material conditions for invasion and control. Decoloniality is also a way of imagining, a process of creatively shaping a world-future that holds the possibility of an existence radically unaligned with Western systems of epistemological, political, and theological hegemony. The decolonial imaginary gives us a perspective on these possibilities and the material conditions required to bring them more fully to life in the arts, literature, and politics.

What does the decolonial imagination mean for civically engaged arts and humanities? In brief, it means a process for radical intervention, a process for disrupting the "Western cultural cartel" that claims for itself an exclusive sufficiency in the world for understanding, making, doing, and living—the "Colonial Matrix of Power" in full force. The civically engaged arts and humanities, through the decolonial imagination, become sites for making Western cultural sufficiency glaringly insufficient and subject to foundational change through a multitude of artistic and critical decolonial uprisings.

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