Groundwork

The Specialisation and the International Course are based on three fundamental axes from the Epistemologies of the South:

  1. That the understanding of the world is much broader than the Eurocentric understanding of the world;
  2. That there can be no global social justice without global cognitive justice;
  3. That the emancipatory transformations produced in the world cannot be restricted to grammars and scripts developed by critical theory centred on the global North; on the contrary, the Epistemologies of the South claim a diversity that is possible to (re)cognise and value.


Instead of polarisations or dogmatic positions of absolute opposition, frequent in academic disputes, Epistemologies of the South choose to bridge gaps between zones of comfort and discomfort, between the familiar and the foreign in the fields of struggle against oppression, discrimination and silencing.

The several classes that make up the international course and the specialisation seminars seek to produce an alternative theoretical paradigm based on the diversity of the identified realities - a pluriverse. As the teachers show, exposure to pluriverse forms of thought from a decolonising, anti-capitalist and anti-patriarchal angle can not only transform the way modern social knowledge is produced, but also point to other pedagogical proposals for the production of knowledges and recognition of beings. At the same time, underlying the classes is the assumption that the recognition of the potential of this diversity - and of the struggles it brings with it - is fundamental to foster a strong and solidary opposition to global capitalism, colonialism, and heteropatriarchy, in the emergence of alternative forms of sociability.

This training space, centred on the promotion of interdisciplinary South-South dialogues, seeks to record and interpret the knowledges that underpin the social struggles of our times and societies and that resist colonialism, capitalism and heteropatriarchy. Concurrently, the aim of this course is to study the global South in all its diversity, a South that metaphorically translates a broad field of economic, social, cultural and political innovation of increasing diversity, in which the dialogues between knowledges translate the conditions of pluriversality.