[PAST EVENT] Eurocentrism, Knowledge-Making & Decolonial Dialogue: Linda Martín Alcoff  &  Carlos Rivera-Santana  

March 11, 2021
3:30pm - 5pm
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Denise Oliver-Velez (center) and Iris Morales (right) from the Young Lords
Denise Oliver-Velez (center) and Iris Morales (right) from the Young Lords

Eurocentrism, Knowledge Making and Decolonial Dialogue

Linda Martín Alcoff (Hunter, CUNY) and Carlos Rivera Santana (Hispanic Studies, W&M) 

Thursday March 11 3:30-5pm: Open to Public (Zoom)

Internationally renowned Panamanian-American scholar of feminism and philosophy, Linda Martín Alcoff, will be in conversation with William & Mary's  Prof. Carlos Rivera-Santana and the faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures in challenging ways issues of knowledge production and being (ontology) remain circumscribed by Eurocentric epistemologies

Decolonizing Humanities and the Department of Modern Language and Literature’s Bellini Lecture Series have organized a semester long workshop examining how coloniality, settler-colonialism, and decoloniality within “North American” and global context intersect with teaching and learning at William & Mary. We will explore how our various positions function to ensure settler-colonial, capitalist, white-supremacist and cis-heteronormative patriarchal futures.

Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, C.U.N.Y. She is a past President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. Recent books include Rape and Resistance: Understanding the Complexities of Sexual Violation (Polity 2018); The Future of Whiteness (Polity 2015); Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (Oxford 2006), which won the Frantz Fanon Award for 2009; Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory (Cornell 1996). She has also co-edited 11 books, including The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race, (2018) with Paul Taylor and Luvell Anderson; Feminist Epistemologies co-edited with Elizabeth Potter (Routledge, 1993); Singing in the Fire: Tales of Women in Philosophy (Rowman and Littlefield 2003); Thinking From the Underside of History co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000); Identity Politics Reconsidered co-edited with Michael Hames-Garcia, Satya Mohanty and Paula Moya (Palgrave, 2006); and Constructing the Nation: A Race and Nationalism Reader co-edited with Mariana Ortega (SUNY 2009). She has also written for the New York Times, Aeon, the NY Indypendent, and other newspapers and magazines. For the past decade she has taught courses on decolonial philosophy and epistemology in various places around the world, and her next book will be on these topics. In 2021 she was named by Academic-Influence.com as one of the ten most influential philosophers today, based on citations. She is originally from Panama, but lives today happily in Brooklyn. For more info go to www.alcoff.com

Carlos Rivera Santana is a Latin American/Caribbean cultural studies scholar specializing in Indigenous studies, visual culture and decolonial theories in Hispanic Studies in Modern Languages and Literatures at William & Mary. He critically examines histories of colonization and looks at their counter-discourses seen in Global South knowledges expressed in visual culture and literature, especially those produced from Indigenous ancestral worldviews. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as in Cultural Studies, Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, Qualitative Inquiry, and Third Text, and is the author of the book, Archaeology of Colonisation: From Aesthetics to Biopolitics published in 2019 within the series of “Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics”.

Open to Public: Please contact Prof. Carlos Rivera-Santana,[[crrivera]], and Stephen Sheehi [[spsheehi]] if you are interested in attending.


Prof. Carlos Rivera-Santana, [[crrivera]], and Stephen Sheehi [[spsheehi]]