Walter D Mignolo
  • Walter D Mignolo

  • William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies; Professor of Spanish and Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 125B Friedl Building
  • Campus Box 90670
  • Phone: (919) 668-2151, (919) 668-1949
  • Fax: (919) 684-3598
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • Homepage
  • Research Description

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

      • Walter 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

      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.

      • Walter Mignolo (editor in collaboration with Arturo Escobar).
      • (March, 2007).
      • Globalization and the De-Colonial Option.
      • Cultural Studies
      • Larry Grosbberg (Eds.),
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      • [web]
      • W. Mignolo.
      • (October, 2005).
      • The Idea of Latin America.
      • London, Blackwell, 2005.
      • Walter D. Mignolo.
      • (1999).
      • Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges and Border Thinking.
      • Princeton: Princeton University Press.
      • Translated into Spanish (Madrid, Akal) in 2003 and Portuguese (Brazil, University of Minas Gerais) in 2004.
      • (2003).
      • The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Colonial Difference.
      • SAQ
      • ,
      • 101.1
      • ,
      • 57-96.
      • (2002).
      • Globalization and the Borders of Latinity.
      • In Mario Saenz (Eds.),
      • The Latin American Perspectives on Globalization. Ethics, Politics and Alternative Visions
      • ,
      • (pp. 77-101).
      • New York: Bowman and Littlefield.
      • (1998).
      • Globalization, Civilization Processes and the Relocation of Languages and Cultures.
      • In F. Jameson and M. Miyoshi (Eds.),
      • The Cultures of Globalization
      • Durham: Duke University Press.
      • Walter D. Mignolo.
      • (1995).
      • The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality and Colonization.
      • Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.
      • W.D. 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.

      • Elizabeth Hill Boone and Walter Mignolo (Eds).
      • (1994).
      • Writing Without Words: Alternative Literacies in Mesoamerica and the Andes.
      • In Elizabeth Hill Boone and Walter D. Mignolo (Eds.),
      • Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
      • (Reviews: 1) Serge Druzinski, L'Homme 141, January-March 1997; 2) Scott O'Mack, Anthropological Linguistics, 37/4, University of Chicago; 3) Monica Barnes, The Americas, 52/3, January 1996; 4) Paul F. Healy, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 20, 1995; 5) Theodore Hampe Martínez "Escrituras alternativas en América," El Comercio (Lima), 11, II, 1995; 6) Frances Karttunen, Hispanic America Historical Review, May 1995; 7) Eva Kalny, Latinamerika-Institut, Vienna, Social Anthropology, 3, 1995; 8) Marie-Areti Hers, Anales del Institutio de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Número 66, México 1995; 9) Teodoro Hampe Martínez, Revista de Indias, Departamento de Historia de América, Centro de Estudios Históricos, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Número 204, Vol. LV, Mayo-Agosto 1995; 10) Cyprian Broodbank, Antiguity, 68/260, 1994; 11) Journal of Latin American Studies, 27, May 1995; 12) The British Bulletin, No. 91, October 1994; 13) Poetics Today, Spring 1994; 14) Ethnohistory, 41/3, Summer 1994; 15) Smoking Mirror, 1/3, July 22, 1994)
      • Madina Tlostanova.
      • (June 28, 2012).
      • Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas.
      • Columbus, Ohio:
      • Ohio University Press.
      • [web]
      • Co-edited with Heriberto Cairo (Political Sciences, Universidad Complutense de madrid).
      • (2008).
      • Las vertientes americanas del pensamiento y el proyecto descolonial..
      • Madrid: Trama Editorial, Madrid.
      • [web]
      • W.D. Mignolo.
      • (November, 2011).
      • El vuelco de la razón: diferencia colonial y pensamiento fronterizo.
      • Buenos Aires, Argentina:
      • Ediciones del Signo, Buenos Aires 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 Mignolo.
      • (2001).
      • Capitalismo y geopolitica del concimiento. El eurocentrismo y la filosofia de la liberacion en el debate intellectual contemporaneo..
      • In Walter D. Mignolo (Eds.),
      • Buenos Aires: Editorial del Signo/Duke University.
      • Walter D. Mignolo.
      • (1995).
      • Loci of enunciation and imaginary constructions: The Case of (Latin) America.
      • Special issue of Poetics Today
      • Walter D. Mignolo (Eds.),
      • ,
      • I and II
      • .
      • W.D. Mignolo.
      • (2011).
      • De la hermenéutica y la semiosis colonial al pensar descolonial.
      • Quito, Ecuador:
      • Abya Yala y Universidad Politecnica Salesiana, Quito, Ecuador.
      • (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.)
      • W.D. Mignolo.
      • (May, 2010).
      • The idea of Latin America, Korean Translation.
      • Seoul, South Korea:
      • Editorial Greenbee.
      • [web]
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  • Specialties

    • Spanish
    • Decolonial and Post-colonial Studies
    • Comparative Philosophy
    • Globalization, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity
    • Latin American Studies
    • Comparative Studies: Translation, Travel Narratives, Trans-Culturality
    • Cultural Studies
    • Critical Theory
    • Critical Theory, Philosophy
    • Early Modern
    • Modern and Contemporary
    • Latin-American Studies
    • Caribbean Studies
  • Education

      • PhD, Semiotics and Literary Theory (Doctorat de Troisiéme Cycle),
      • Semiology and Linguistics,
      • École des Hautes Études (EPHE) as its VI Section: Sciences Économiques et Sociales, Paris, France,
      • 1974
      • Licenciatura in Philosophy and Literature--Filosofía y Letras,
      • Universidad de Córdoba,
      • 1968
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Exhibit titled "The Idea of Latin America",
      • Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo,
      • Seville, Spain, March-June 2012 (posted
      • 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,
      • 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,
      • March-April, 2011
      • Honor Committee Member of the three volumes project "Pensamiento filosofico Latinoamericano, Caribeño y Latino/a",
      • Editorial Trotta, Madrid, Spain,
      • July, 2008.
      • The 2006 Frantz Fanon Prize for Outstanding Work in Caribbean Thought,
      • the Caribbean Philosophical Association,
      • June, 2006
      • Frantz Fanon Award,
      • Caribbean Philosophical Association,
      • March, 2006
      • Co-Convenor, Franklin Seminar on "Race, Religion and Globalization",
      • Duke University,
      • 2000-2001
      • Director, Center for Global Studies and the Humanities,
      • Duke University,
      • 2000-2004
      • Alexander White Visiting Professor in the Humanities,
      • University of Chicago,
      • Spring 1999
      • Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professorship,
      • Tulane University,
      • Spring 1999
      • William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature,
      • Duke University,
      • July 1998-present
      • Research Grant, Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities,
      • Duke University,
      • 1998
      • International Advisor for the research program on "Globalización, respresentaciones sociales y procesos sociopolíticos",
      • Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela,
      • 1997
      • Member of the Jury of the Casa de las Americas Award,
      • Habana, Cuba,
      • 1997
      • Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize,
      • Modern Language Association of America,
      • 1996
      • A. Bartlett Giamatti Faculty Fellow,
      • Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan,
      • 1991-1992
      • Research Grant, Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities,
      • 1991
      • ACLS Travel Grant to Brazil, to coordinate a weeklong workshop,
      • 1990
      • Associate Fellow, Institute for the Humanities,
      • University of Michigan,
      • 1989-1990
      • Graduate Student Research Partnership Program Fellowship,
      • 1988-1990, 1991-1992
      • Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies Grant,
      • 1989-1991
      • ACLS Travel Grant to Uruguay International Conference,
      • 1989
      • Graduate Student Research Partnership Program Fellowship,
      • 1989-1990
      • Newberry Library/Columbian Quincentennial Fellowship,
      • 1989
      • Associate Fellow, Institute for the Humanities,
      • University of Michigan,
      • 1988-1989
      • Summer Fellowship,
      • John Carter Brown Library,
      • 1988
      • Collegiate Fellow, Undergraduate Program Development and Curricular Renewal,
      • University of Michigan,
      • 1987-1990
      • Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies Grant,
      • 1986
      • Guest Researcher, Centro de Investigaciones sobre el Lenguaje,
      • Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, México,
      • 1982-1983
      • Guest Professor, Post Graduate Studies, School of Philosophy and Letters,
      • Universidad Autóbnoma de México,
      • 1982
      • Guest Researcher, Institute for Linguistic and Philological Research, Program on Poetics and Literary Theory,
      • Universidad Autónoma de México,
      • June-August 1981
      • Guest Professor, Graduate Program, Universidad Autónoma de México,
      • February 1980
      • Horace Rackham Graduate School Grant,
      • University of Michigan,
      • 1979
      • Horace Rackham Graduate School Fellowship,
      • University of Michigan,
      • Summer 1976
      • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Studies Abroad, granted to the University of Córdoba, Argentina,
      • 1969-1971
  • Teaching

    • LSGS 101S.01
      • INTRO TO LATINO/A STUDIES
      • Friedl Bdg 216
      • TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    • ROMST 590S.01
      • SEM ROMANCE STUDIES(TOP)
      • Carr 242
      • M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
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