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Epistemologies of the South: Boaventura de Sousa Santos in Dialogue with ALICE

June 22 to 30, 2016, Curia

The intensive course will be structured around five core themes:

  1. Theoretical challenges posed by Epistemologies of the South;
  2. Methodological challenges brought by Epistemologies of the South;
  3. New constitutionalisms and the possibilities advanced towards refounding the state and expanding citizenship;
  4. Conditions and possibilities towards democratising democracy;
  5. Other economies apart from developmental proposals;
  6. Human rights and other grammars of human dignity.

The course is organised around a number of issues, expanded through issues brought by participants: Why Epistemologies of the South? How to decolonise knowledge? What are South-South dialogues and what are they for? How to go from alternative development to alternatives to development? What is citizenship considered from those who are not citizens? How to democratise democracy? What are human rights in face of non-Western names? What is the socio-legal theory of indignation? Can constitutionalism be transformative? How to reinvent the left?

Methodologically, five privileged spaces for discussion will coexist:

  1. Seminars and Workshops
  2. Group Discussions
  3. Epistemological Imaginarium: This space-moment aims to broaden the epistemological dialogues in a context where art melt with tastes to broaden the political imagination, and meets rebel creativity. The idea which is thus promoted is to challenge the dominant perspective through the subversive creativities. Dancers, cooks, and other artists will inspire the members of the Summer School to dream collectively and explore the unsettling alchemy of arts and social justice. One of the features included herein will be to observe the nuances of Intercultural Translation via different styles of art and art - forms.
  4. Tea to Coffee and back: these are moments for more informal discussions.
  5. Insight: the documentary cinema sessions aim to give body to the discussions, putting into perspective events and peoples.

Furthermore, one may experience the manifestation of the same theme through individual vis-à-vis collective forms of practices of arts. Subsequently, as an enriching learning experience, we are led into bridging the gap between the learner and the teacher creating more effectively a liaison between the two, necessitating the need for a more open, free and mutual exchange of diverse practices in much-diverse forms.

Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the Summer School.


Compete 2020 FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia POVT - Programa Operacional Temático Valorização do Território Universidade de Coimbra