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What Does it Mean to 'Decolonize'?

Call for Applications

Theme: What Does it Mean to 'Decolonize'?
Subtitle: The Consumption of Life and the Regeneration of the Communal
Type: 10th Decolonial Summer School Middelburg
Institution: University College Roosevelt
Location: Middelburg (Netherlands)
Date: 18.6.–4.7.2019
Deadline: 10.6.2019

The 10th anniversary of the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School, will
explore the growing frustrations and disenchantments in face of the
failed promises of modernity and development. The themes explored in
the past 10 years will be brought in a new light.

The analytics of the Colonial Matrix of Power (CMP) reveals a
machinery that generates un-justice and death, from the Atlantic
Slavery in the sixteenth century to the Jew Holocaust in the
twentieth century. We have responded to the promises advanced in the
name of modernity, democracy and development with the urgency to
delink from CMP and to engage in the variegated localities of
struggle opened up by the decolonial option. This analytics of the
CMP will be complemented by explorations of decolonial joy and
decolonial love in the regeneration of the communal.

The 10th Middelburg Decolonial Summer School will place its emphasis
not only on resisting CMP but also on historical forms and current
practices of re-existing beyond it. To engage in the regeneration and
praxis of the communal it is essential to understand that the
communal cannot be subsumed under the liberal common-good and the
Marxist commons. The concept of the communal allows to replace
competition with cooperation to live together in plenitude; to
replace development with communal economies; to replace disciplinary
formations with the liberation of knowing; to replace the political
and economic belief that we live to work with working for living
together. These challenges are ways to engage in recovering the
freedom of joy and love — and with it regenerate the communal as
praxis of living.

Course Directors:
Walter Mignolo (Argentina/Duke University, US)
Rolando Vázquez (Mexico/University College Roosevelt, Middelburg)

Guest Faculty to be confirmed:
Jean Casimir (Haiti/ State University of Haiti)
Maria Lugones (Argentina/State University of New York, US)
Fabian Barba (Ecuador/ Busy Rocks, Brussels)
Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark)
Rosalba Icaza (Mexico/ Institute of Social Studies, The Hague)
Patricia Kaersenhout (The Netherlands/Suriname)
Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (Rumania; IDEA Magazine)
Gloria Wekker (The Netherlands/Suriname)
Madina Tlostanova (Sweden)

This course is co-organized by the Center of Global Studies and the
Humanities, Duke University.

Course fee: € 1260.00
Housing fee: € 500.00

Register here:

Admission will be on a rolling basis until the course is full.
Deadline for registration: 10 June 2019

If you have questions please email us at:

Website of the Summer School: