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All inclusive: lustrum UG, 5-15 June 2019

Science programme Conference: “Growing together: Celebrating diversity and fostering inclusion”

Rolando Vazquez

Rolando Vazquez
Rolando Vazquez
Decoloniality and the University

The University is one of the pillars of the modern/colonial order. It has been one of the key institutions that produces and produces modernity's epistemic order and hence has been complicit with the sustainment and reproduction of the colonial difference as a border of erasure and exclusion of other knowledges.

Decolonizing the university is a major task. It implies and engagement with three key questions, who is at the university from students to staff, what is being researched and taught and how is the university engaging in social and political practices of knowledges.

We will present some of the findings of the diversity report that was done at University College Roosevel the Liberal Arts and Science College, to highlight possible ways to understand better the task of decolonizing and share the recommendations that came about.

Rolando Vázquez is Associate Professor of Sociology and Diversity Fellow at University College Roosevelt and affiliated researcher at the Gender Studies Department and at the Research institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Utrecht.

He coordinates the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School together with Walter Mignolo for the last ten Years.

He co-authored the report of the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam in 2016 under the direction of Gloria Wekker.

Through his work he seeks to develop practices of thinking and learning that transgress the dominant frameworks of contemporaneity, heteronormativity and coloniality.

His research on the question of precedence and relational temporalities seeks to overcome the western critique of modernity and contribute to the ongoing efforts to decolonize knowledge, aesthetics and subjectivity.

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