Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas is a complex, multisided rethinking of the epistemic matrix of Western modernity and coloniality from the position of border epistemology. Colonial and imperial differences are the two key concepts to understanding how the logic of coloniality creates ontological and epistemic exteriorities. Being at once an enactment of decolonial thinking and an attempt to define its main grounds, mechanisms, and concepts, the book shifts the politics of knowledge from “studying the other” (culture, society, economy, politics) toward “the thinking other” (the authors).
Addressing areas as diverse as the philosophy of higher education, gender, citizenship, human rights, and indigenous agency, and providing fascinating and little-known examples of decolonial thinking, education, and art, Madina V. Tlostanova and Walter D. Mignolo deconstruct the modern architecture of knowledge—its production and distribution as manifested in the corporate university. In addition, the authors dwell on and define the echoing global decolonial sensibilities as expressed in the Americas and in peripheral Eurasia.
The book is an important addition to the emerging transoceanic inquiries that introduce decolonial thought and non-Western border epistemologies not only to update or transform disciplines but also to act and think decolonially in the global futures to come.
About the Author
Madina V. Tlostanova is professor in the Department of History of Philosophy at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia. Walter D. Mignolo is William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University.
Table of Contents
Introduction Learning to Unlearn: Thinking Decoloniaily 1
Chapter 1 The Logic of Coloniality and the Limits of Postcoloniality: Colonial Studies, Postcoloniality, and Decoloniality 31
Chapter 2 Theorizing from the Borders; Shifting to the Geo- and Body Politics of Knowledge 60
Chapter 3 Transcultural Tricksters in between Empires: "Suspended" Indigenous Agency in the Non-European Russian/Soviet (Ex-)Colonies and the Decolonial Option 83
Chapter 4 Non-European Soviet Ex-Colonies and the Coloniality of Gender, or How to Unlearn Western Feminism in Eurasian Borderlands 122
Chapter 5 Who Speaks for the "Human" in Human Rights? Dispensable and Bare Lives 153
Chapter 6 Thinking Decolonially: Citizenship, Knowledge, and the Limits of Humanity 175
Chapter 7 Globalization and the Geopolitics of Knowledge: The Role of the Humanities in the Corporate University 196