Decolonial Capitals and Dewesternizing Methodologies
- Juan Ramos (College of the Holy Cross), Antonia Carcelén-Estrada (College of the Holy Cross)
In his *The Darker Side of Western Modernity* (2011), Mignolo argues that recent political, economic, cultural, and philosophical shifts have prompted a dewesternization of the fields of knowledge and in everyday practice in response to the West’s repeated attempts to assert its centrality in the global designs of coloniality. Mignolo also posits: “Cosmopolitanism in a decolonial vein shall aim at the communal not as a universal model but as a universal connector among different noncapitalist socio-economic organizations around the world” (275).
Aymaran feminist Julieta Paredes proposes to act from communitarian feminism, recognizing the interlocking of pre-colonial and Western patriarchies, a historical juncture that created unjust relationships between men and women to colonialism (and neocolonialism). In *Hilando Fino* (2010), she claims that “to decolonize and de-neoliberalize gender is to situate it geographically and culturally in the international power relations between the rich North and the impoverished South, and to profoundly question […] a transnational patriarchy” (24).
This panel invites papers that take up these critical challenges through theoretical discussions, the analysis of literary texts or case studies. How might decolonial thinking help us delink from current approaches to capital (in its multiple meanings)? Which dewesternizing methodologies are emerging from within and outside of academic disciplines? How are social movements, indigenous, afro-descendant, and feminist examples of coalition and organization in conversation with decolonial thinking? How do the principle of the communal, decolonial cosmopolitanism, and dewesternizing methodologies shift our terms of understanding and discussing capitals?
SEMINAR KEYWORDS: Decolonial Thinking, Feminism, Translation Studies, Latin America, Indigenous, Afro-Descendant, Community, Dewesternizing, Communal, Communitarian