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What is Decoloniality?

Decoloniality refers to the logic, metaphysics, ontology and matrix of power created by the massive processes and aftermath of colonization. More plainly said, decoloniality is a way for us to re-learn the knowledge of our forefathers and foremothers that has been pushed aside, forgotten, buried or discredited by the forces of modernity.

Decoloniality is not a means to reject the scientific, medical, social and ethical “advances” of the modern era tout court. It is, rather, a way to explore how colonization, modernity, capitalism, and, most recently, neoliberalism has displaced an array of modes of living, thinking and being.  Decoloniality reveals "the dark side of modernity" and how it is built "on the backs" of "others," others that it racializes, erases, denigrates, and/or objectifies. Therefore, decoloniality is a method and paradigm of restoration and reparation. It aspires to restore, elevate, renew, rediscover, and acknowledge and validate the lives, live-experiences,  culture and knowledge of indigenous people, people of color, and colonized people as well as to decenter hetero/cis-normativity, gender hierarchies and racial privilege.

Decolonial approaches and movements seek to consider ideas, social practices, histories, identities and beliefs as part of a myriad of means of “production of knowledge.” But also, we understand that producing knowledge and living it are not separate. We seek to learn and make visible the connections between knowledge, social practices and social action.