Decolonial theory reveals that colonial structures of power, knowledge, and subjectivity are inextricable from the contemporary world. As a result, we are forced to rethink the foundations of modernity and the contours of key philosophical and social-political problems that shape our present.
This course proceeds in three sections. In the first section we study the colonial order of things: how fundamental aspects of human nature, epistemology, aesthetics, and power were determined by colonial histories. The second section turns to the coloniality of race and gender, looking at how modern notions of race and gender took shape out of the colonial experience beginning in 1492. In the last section, we consider questions of language, space, and decolonial futures. Thus, we will end the class by asking: What kinds of resistance and possibilities of decolonization can be imagined and practiced in light of the coloniality of the present?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Gloria Anzaldúa, selections from BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA
Santiago Castro-Gómez, selections from ZERO-POINT HUBRIS
Enrique Dussel, selections from PHILOSOPHY OF LIBERATION
María Lugones, PILGRIMAGES/PEREGRINAJES and "The Coloniality of Gender"
Walter Mignolo and Catherine E. Walsh, selections from ON DECOLONIALITY
Aníbal Quijano, "Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism, and Social Classification"
Boaventura de Sousa Santos, selections from EPISTEMOLOGIES OF THE SOUTH
Sylvia Wynter, "Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Truth/Power/Freedom"
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly short précis on the reading, mid-term paper, and final seminar paper
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|Instructor(s): Deere,Don Thomas Times: ....R.. 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK412; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 2||SO: 0||FR: X|
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