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Public Lecture by Prof. Walter Mignolo

26.7.2017, 15:00 - 16:30

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Berliner Str. 130, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

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Is ‘sustainable development’ really the best response to current global challenges? In this lecture, Walter D. Mignolo argues that the concept of ‘sustainable economies’, based on the idea of ‘living in harmony and plenitude’, shall be part of the debate in order to change the terms of the conversation and not just the content of the conversation. The lecture will consider three co-existing trajectories: 1) rough (or unsustainable) development; 2) sustainable development; and 3) the radical differences in meaning in indigenous cosmologies related to development. Thereby, Mignolo invites us for a reflection on the need to move away from a focus on ‘development’ towards a more holistic concept of biological and cultural praxis of living.


IASS senior fellow Walter D. Mignolo is William H. Wannamaker Professor and Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University. He is associated researcher at Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito, since 2002 and an Honorary Research Associate for CISA (Center for Indian Studies in South Africa), Wits University at Johannesburg. Among his books related to the topic are: The Darker Side of the Renaissance. Literacy, Territoriality and Colonization (1995, Chinese and Spanish translation 2015); Delinking: The Rhetoric of Modernity, the Logic of Coloniality and the Grammar of Decoloniality (2007, translated into German, French, Swedish, Rumanian and Spanish); Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges and Border Thinking (2000, translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Korean); and The Idea of Latin America, 2006, translated into Spanish, Korean and Italian. Forthcoming: On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analysis, Praxis, co-authored with Catherine Walsh (2018); Decolonial Politics: Border Dwelling, Re-Existence, Epistemic Disobedience (2018).



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