The End of the Cognitive Empire – experimental reading seminar

In his book “The End of the Cognitive Empire” Boaventura de Sousa Santos develops his concept of the „epistemologies of the south,“ in which he outlines a theoretical and methodological framework for challenging the dominance of Eurocentric thought. Santos suggests that global justice can only come about through an epistemological shift that guarantees cognitive justice. Such a shift would create new alternative strategies for political mobilization and activism.

We want to discuss the “epistemologies of the south”, as a way of decolonising cognition and methodologies. The book will serve for close readings and reflections but also experimentation and play. We will have workshop guests (Maque Pereyra/Yoggaton and Jee Chan/Stefan Pente) and the seminar will continue in the winter semester.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: THE END OF THE COGNITIVE EMPIRE. the coming of age of epistemologies of the south, Duke University Press 2019.

Seminar Language: English
Max. 20 students (please register: ARTIST from April 20 on) Open to FK, Bachelor and Master of ID and DM
CP: Experimental Semester (but if necessary 3 CP), 4 SWS

Thursdays, 10 – 11.30 AM per MS Teams + other appointments Introduction, first session: Thursday, APRIL 23 at 10 AM


Apr 23 2020


10:00 - 11:30