Walter Mignolo
  • Walter Mignolo

  • Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Romance Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 125B Friedl Building, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90670
  • Phone: (919) 668-2151, (919) 668-1949
  • Fax: (919) 684-3598
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment (between 1pm and 3 pm)
  • Homepage
  • Research Description

    Global Coloniality, Critical Cosmopolitanism, Modern/Colonial World System
  • Selected Publications

      • W Mignolo.
      • (December 2011).
      • The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options.
      • Latin America Otherwise,
      • Duke University Press.
      • (http://www.latamrob.com/archives/2551)
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      During the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, coloniality emerged as a new structure of power as Europeans colonized the Americas, while building on the idea of Western civilization and modernity as the endpointS of historical time and Europe as the center of the world. Walter D. Mignolo argues that coloniality is the darker side of modernity, a complex matrix of power that has been created and controlled by Western men and institutions from the Renaissance, when it was driven by Christian theology, through the late twentieth century and the dictates of neoliberalism. This cycle of coloniality is coming to an end. Two main forces are challenging Western leadership in the early twenty-first century. One of these, “dewesternization,” is an irreversible shift to the East in struggles over knowledge, economics, and politics. The second force is “decoloniality.” Mignolo explains that decoloniality requires delinking from the colonial matrix of power underlying Western modernity to imagine and build global futures in which human beings and the natural world are not exploited in the relentless quest for wealth accumulation.

      • collaboration, WMEI; Escobar, A.
      • (March, 2007).
      • Globalization and the De-Colonial Option.
      • Cultural Studies
      • Grosbberg, L (Eds.),
      • ,
      • 21
      • (2-3)
      • Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles.
      • [web]
      • W Mignolo.
      • (October, 2005).
      • The Idea of Latin America.
      • Blackwell.
      • W Mignolo.
      • (2003).
      • The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Colonial Difference.
      • SAQ: The South Atlantic Quarterly
      • ,
      • 101
      • (1)
      • ,
      • 57-96.
      • Duke University Press.
      • WD Mignolo.
      • (1995).
      • The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality and Colonization.
      • The University of Michigan Press.
      • WD Mignolo.
      • (2012).
      • Epistemischer Ungehorsam. Rhetorik der Moderne, Logik der Kolonialität und Grammatik der Dekolonialität (German Translation).
      • Vienna, Austria:
      • Verlag Turia + Kant.
      • Translation into German of "Desobediencia Epistemica", published by Editorial del Signo, Buenos Aires, 2010..
      • (Translated with an introduction, by Jens Katsner and Tom Waibel.)
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      Hier wird ein zentraler Autor der lateinamerikanischen Dekolonialismus-Debatte vorgestellt. »Epistemischer Ungehorsam« ist ein umfassendes Projekt, das - wie jeder Ungehorsam - mit einer Infragestellung bestehender Regelsysteme und Begründungszusammenhänge beginnt: Walter D. Mignolo unterzieht das okzidentale Denken einer Hinterfragung. Das Epistemische seines Ungehorsams bezieht sich nicht auf die Philosophie alleine. Es setzt dem Okzidentalen insgesamt eine theoretische und zugleich praxisbezogene Option entgegen - die Dekolonialität. Kontexte und Begriffe dieses lateinamerikanischen Postkolonialismus werden in einer Einleitung von Jens Kastner und Tom Waibel erläutert.

      • WD Mignolo and M Tlostanova.
      • (June 28, 2012).
      • Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas.
      • Columbus, Ohio:
      • Ohio University Press.
      • [web]
      • WD Mignolo.
      • (November, 2011).
      • El vuelco de la razón: diferencia colonial y pensamiento fronterizo.
      • Buenos Aires, Argentina:
      • Ediciones del Signo and Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University.
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      In this collection of four articles, the book explores the concept of colonial difference (as well as imperial difference) and argues that it is there where border thinking dwells. Consequently, the decolonial option found its existential and analytic niche as well as the energy to imagine and enact, collectively and globally, the visions of a pluriversal and non-capitalist future world order.

      • Walter D. Mignolo.
      • (1995).
      • Loci of enunciation and imaginary constructions: The Case of (Latin) America.
      • Poetics Today
      • W Mignolo (Eds.),
      • ,
      • I & II
      • (4)
      • Duke University Press.
      • WD Mignolo.
      • (2011).
      • De la hermenéutica y la semiosis colonial al pensar descolonial.
      • Quito, Ecuador:
      • Abya Yala y Universidad Politecnica Salesiana.
      • (A collection of five articles, in Spanish, from 1983 to 1995 that are the foundation of my major books since ¨The Darker Side of the Renaissance.¨ An introduction by Gustavo Verdesio explains the trajectory.)
      Publication Description

      A collection of five articles, in Spanish, from 1983 to 1995 that are the foundation of my major books since ¨The Darker Side of the Renaissance.¨ An introduction by Gustavo Verdesio explains the trajectory.

      • WD Mignolo.
      • (May, 2010).
      • The idea of Latin America (Korean Translation).
      • Seoul, South Korea:
      • Editorial Greenbee.
      • [web]
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  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Ecole Des Hautes Etudes (France),
      • 1973
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Honorary International Research Affiliate,
      • CISA, University of Wittswaterrand, South Africa,
      • September 2014
      • Invited Fellow at STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies),
      • STIAS, Stellenbosch, South Africa,
      • September 2014
      • WITS Distinguished Scholars Program,
      • Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,,
      • July 20 - August 20, 2013
      • Professor Honorario, Honorific Distinction for Professional Achievements,
      • Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile,
      • November, 14, 2012
      • Advisor of BE-BOP 2012 and BE.BOP 2013 Decolonizing the Cold War,
      • Unknown,
      • May of 2012 and 2013
      • Visiting Research Fellow,
      • The City University of Hong Kong,
      • January 9 to June 30, 2012
      • Denkplatz Visiting Distinguished Professor,
      • Universitat Bremen, Institute for Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies,
      • May 15th to June 30th, 2011
      • International Advisory Board Member,
      • Advanced Institute for Crossdisciplinary Studies, The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China,
      • January 2011-January 2014
      • International Board Member,
      • Soderton University Project on "Time, Memory, Representation: A multidisciplinary Program in the Transformation of Historical Consciousness",
      • July 2010-June 2016
      • Brackenridge Dintinguished Visiting Professorship,
      • The University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of English,
      • Feb 28th - March 5th, 2011
      • Master Erasmus Mundus Scholar,
      • Unknown,
      • March-April, 2011
      • Honor Committee Member of the three volumes project "Pensamiento filosofico Latinoamericano, Caribeño y Latino/a",
      • Editorial Trotta, Madrid, Spain,
      • July, 2008.
      • Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize,
      • Modern Language Association,
      • January 1995
  • Teaching

    • SPANISH 412S.01
      • MAYAS, AZTECS, AND INCAS
      • Crowell 107
      • TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    • LIT 690S.02
      • SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE
      • Carr 106
      • M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
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