Postcolonial Studies: Latin American Genealogies

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Postcolonial Studies: Latin American Genealogies

The postcolonial studies are located in an interdisciplinary academic field in the Anglo-Saxon world since 1978 with the seminal publication of Edward W. Said, Orientalism. And after, erudite reflections related to western historiographical canons and the modern neocolonial discourse emerges with the work of Ranajit Guha, Gayatri Spivak, and Homi Bhabha, among others. Despite clear differences in the theoretical strategies adopted, the debate evolved to focus on the ruptures, contradictions, and continuities of the colonialist practices in the contemporary globalization, as well as on a critique of the representations of the subaltern stereotyped condition.

This theoretical discussion arrived in Latin America during the 1990s, however, its formal development was at the beginning of the 21st century. At first, postcolonial debates were assimilated by the Latin American Group of Subaltern Studies (Santiago Castro-Gómez, Eduardo Mendieta, John Beverley, Javier Sanjin, Jose Rabasa and Catherine Walsh), whose 1995 Declaration established as its main mandate denounce the ethnic-racial classification of the American populations and to register the several relationships of domination into the capitalist social order. Subsequently, emerged a new interest in the postcolonial question through the modernity / coloniality project (Aníbal Quijano, Edgardo Lander, Ramón Grosfoguel, Walter Mignolo, Arturo Escobar, Enrique Dussel and Nelson Maldonado Torres, among others), which built the concept of “decoloniality” to grasp the colonial fact as a founding phenomenon in the historical experience of modernity.

Pléyade invite to reflect on the different aspects of this discussion, as well as its development and articulation in Latin America since the 1930s. Since the pioneering works of Jose Carlos Mariategui, passing by the anthropological studies which focused on the colonial question (as a problematic dimension to address the indigenous thing); the anticolonialist discourses (such as those generated in Bolivia, Ecuador and the Caribbean); the criticism of the internal colonialism of Pablo González Casanova and Rodolfo Stavenhagen; the questions of Edward W. Said and Stuart Hall on the spectacle of cultural otherness, until the decolonial proposals closest to the experiences of emancipation. We are also interested in recognizing the deployments of the debate in the decolonial feminism, the good life, the alternatives modernities, the social movements cartographies, and all those experiences that show a new way of understanding the colonial heritage or what Aníbal Quijano call the “coloniality of power” in the Latin American countries.

For this reason, we propose the following topics:

  • Contributions of postcolonial debate in the Latin America discussion;
  • The project modernity / coloniality and its decolonial turn;
  • Internal colonialism, anticolonialism, coloniality of power: continuities and ruptures;
  • Interculturality and decolonization;
  • The reception of postcolonial studies in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • Decolonials feminisms: de-patriarchalization and decolonization;
  • Sum Kamaña, Sum Kausay, and good life;
  • Social movements and decolonization;
  • The emergence of new intellectuals indigenous in Latin America;
  • The ethnic-racial hierarchy of the population and its colonial heritage.


Dra. Veronica Lopez N. Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Mtro. Damian Gálvez G. Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


Submissions deadline:          September 30, 2017

Languages:                            English or Spanish

Date of publication:               June 2018

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The manuscripts will be evaluated by a double-blind committee.

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