Syllabus

INTERNATIONAL COURSE: Justice between knowledges - Epistemologies of the South and knowledges born from struggles
This international course on Epistemologies of the South, term coined by Boaventura de Sousa Santos, aims to present and debate knowledges produced in the global South, the basis for reflection towards social transformation in our times. That is, with the study of several possibilities revealed by the Epistemologies of the South, this course has as its theoretical and methodological objective to overcome the characteristic Eurocentric model of modern thinking, abyssal thinking.

Learning from the South and from the South requires a different political, pedagogical and epistemic guidance, imperative for post-abyssal thinking. The Global South, the central topic of this course, aims to recognise and validate the knowledge produced from the oppressed by women and men who have suffered and continue to suffer injustice, oppression, domination, exclusion, caused by capitalism, colonialism and heteropatriarchy.  The Epistemologies of the South, as a metaphor for the exclusion, silencing and destruction of peoples and knowledges, seek to give substance to the knowledges and experiences of the global South. The dialogue between all participants in this course has as its central objective to develop context-sensitive debates relevant to intellectual traditions and to the theoretical, empirical and cultural realities of the global South. The common purpose of those taking part in this course is to demarginalise the global South in relation to "modern, Eurocentric" knowledge, in order to leave the so-called margins without room, thus securing that the knowledges produced by the global South stand as an integral part of a world with several centres of production of (re)knowledges.

The struggles for the recognition of other ontologies as political affirmation try to broaden a potentially decolonising social imagination; an imagination in which other realities – beyond Eurocentric narratives - articulate themselves in a tendentially horizontal way; in which the recognition of other forms of life and existence are prerequisites for the continuity of the (re)existence of hitherto silent and invisible agents. The task is to take this challenge seriously and (re)learn to think with the people of the world involved in struggles for a better life. The task is to learn (ethically, politically and epistemologically) to affirm the plural realities in the construction.

The plural global South, built on these premises, condenses in itself a diversity of histories and experiences of struggles, that we must know and recognise in solidarity, as ways of affirming other ways of being and belonging in the world. The various classes, will attempt to deepen the affinities, divergences, complementarities and contradictions between the various knowledges as a way of maximising solidarity and the effectiveness of the struggles against oppression, which finds expression in the utopia of a post-abyssal world.

This learning space, focused on the promotion of interdisciplinary South-South dialogues, seeks to record and interpret resistances to colonialism, capitalism and patriarchy in our societies. Concurrently, the aim 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.

The teachers of the course question, from different geopolitical and epistemic places, the conditions for a horizontal dialogue between knowledge, towards an ecology of knowledges. These dialogues, and the lessons they contain, reflect the innovations occurring in countries and regions of the global South. This demanding commitment presupposes a readiness for mutual recognition, intercultural understanding, political and ideological convergence, respect for identity and a celebration of diversity as conditions for a more democratic dialogue in the global South.

Building knowledge from Epistemologies of the South requires other working methods. Learning from the South itself, in its diversity, means going beyond conventional academic knowledge. Building dialogues between different knowledges and struggles seeks to give visibility to peoples and social groups whose practices are built on these knowledges. Only in this way will it be possible to develop alternative narratives that question the impossibility of thinking about difference (sexual, ethnic, racial, class, caste, religious, etc.) with equality, the intimate connection between the local and the global, projects of other economies, and other political societies. The second part of the course aims to map, present and discuss a variety of working methodologies grounded in the body of knowledges developed from the perspectives of the Epistemologies of the South, favouring the ecology of knowledges and the possibilities of intercultural translation between knowledges born from struggles.

Workshop to Support the Preparation of Final Papers
The purpose of this workshop is to support the elaboration of the final papers of the International Course and the Specialisation in Epistemologies of the South. It supports the identification of the theme of the course’s final paper, linking the themes dealt with throughout the training with the interests of action-research, and the paths of the students themselves. It consolidates the conceptual and methodological tools worked on throughout the course and supervises the production of the final work, which can be either written or audiovisual, performatic or of another kind.

Optional Seminars

1. Challenges to democracies in the 21st century.
Coordination:
Sandra Silva Carvalho and Cristiano Gianolla (Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra).

2. Challenging Borders: Migrations, Coloniality and Resistances from the souths.
Coordination:
Karina Bidaseca (National San Martín University and University of Buenos Aires) and Maura Brighenti (National San Martín University).Guest Professors: Sandro Mezzadra (University of Bologna) and Ángeles Castaño Madroñal (University of Seville).

3. Epistemologies of the South and health: ecology of experiences, knowledges and cares.
Coordination:
Susana de Noronha and Joao Arriscado Nunes (Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal).

4. Social-environmental epistemologies. Narratives to re-existences in the Global South.
Coordination: A
ntonio Ortega (South Training Network Action of Decoloniality).

5. Writings on body: situated feminist aesthetics and decoloniality of power.
Coordination:
Marta Sierra (Kenyon College) and Karina Bidaseca (National San Martín University and University of Buenos Aires).

6. Corporalities and racialization.
Coordination:
José Guadalupe Gandarilla Salgado and María Haydeé García Bravo (National University of Mexico).

Teaching Team: Karina Bidaseca, Alejandro de Oto, José Guadalupe Gandarilla Salgado, María Haydeé García Bravo, Gabriela González Ortuño and Maria Paula Meneses.


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