Global Development Academy

Decolonizing the Academy I: Decoloniality, Transmodernity and the World System

Conference and seminar will be free of charge.Registration and acceptance of a place are required.

Decolonizing the Academy I: Decoloniality, Transmodernity and the World System

24 - 26 February 2016, 9.00am - 5.00pm

University of Edinburgh

Conference and seminar will be free of charge.Registration and acceptance of a place are required.

The University of Edinburgh’s Global Development Academy in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Latin Studies is developing a series of activities and initiatives that engage with questions of decolonization and decoloniality.

We have two main aims:

  1. To support individuals, communities and social movements engaged in decolonial struggles through our teaching, research and networking activities.
  2. To contribute to efforts to decolonize the westernized academy and to create spaces for theoretical and methodological approaches that are relevant for indigenous, Afro-descended and colonized populations.

In February 2016, prominent decolonial scholar Ramón Grosfoguel of UC-Berkeley will run a two day postgraduate and faculty course. He will also participate as the keynote speaker at a one-day conference. Both events are free of charge, but registration and acceptance of a place are required.

Two-Day Seminar

Decolonizing Post-Colonial Studies and the Paradigms of Political Economy Led by Ramón Grosfoguel, UC-Berkeley

This two-day course will:

  • Discuss the cartography of power and the structures of knowledge of the world-system we have inhabited since the 16th century
  • Decolonize the paradigms of political-economy and post-colonial studies
  • Discuss transmodernity as an alternative that moves beyond the world-system of today

It will be of interest to scholars and students already working with questions of decoloniality/decolonization, or for those who wish to gain an introduction to this field. It will be of particular use to lecturers and researchers seeking to decolonize their classrooms, curricula, teaching practice, research and writing. Participants accepted into the course will be sent a readings package in advance.

The course will cover five key modules:

  1. The Four Genocides/Epistemicides of the 16th Century, the Westernized University and Modern/Colonial Epistemology
  2. Epistemic Racism/Sexism: Decolonizing the Western Concept of Universalism
  3. What is racism?: The Fanonian Zone of Being and Zone of Non-Being
  4. Decolonizing Paradigms of Political-Economy
  5. Transmodernity and Decolonization of the world-system

Places are free but limited, so registration is required. People who seek to register after all available places are taken will be added to a waitlist.

If you would like to apply for a place, please fill in the following application form and send it to Julie Cupples (

Deadline for submission: 9 December 2015.

Email Julie Cupples

One-day conference

Decolonizing the academy, University of Edinburgh

Keynote speaker: Ramón Grosfoguel, UC- Berkeley

Call for papers:

We welcome panel and abstract submissions for papers engaging with questions of decolonization/decoloniality. We welcome scholars working in and on any geographical region, but are particularly interested in work on the Americas and Africa and dialogues between them. Possible themes include:

  • Decolonial social movements and political projects
  • Decolonial, non-capitalist and revolutionary subjectivities, epistemologies, ontologies, philosophies and theologies
  • Past and present forms of slavery and demands for slavery reparations
  • Epistemic violence
  • Dimensions of the colonial matrix of power, including gender and sexuality, institutions, knowledge and authority
  • Theoretical engagements with decolonial thinkers
  • Border thinking and non-linear forms of knowledge
  • Transmodernity
  • The politics of buen vivir
  • Power beyond the state
  • Meanings, discourses and representations of blackness/indigeneity
  • The Africa diaspora, the Black Atlantic, the Black Pacific
  • Racism/anti-racism
  • Decentring Eurocentrism
  • Interactions between MCD and postcolonial studies
  • Questions of cultural and political citizenship
  • Alternative and non-modern spatialities, temporalities, cartographies and chronologies

Please send paper and panel proposals to Julie Cupples ( using the application form.

Deadline for submission: 9 December 2015

For further information about these events, please contact Julie Cupples (

Email Julie Cupples


This is one of two conferences for 'Decolonizing the Academy'. Decolonizing the Academy II: Africa, Activism and Beyond takes place on 21 - 22 April at the University of Edinburgh. See below for further details.

Decolonizing the Academy II: Africa, Activism and Beyond