Professor of Romance Studies
Mignolo’s research and teaching have been devoted, in the past 30 years, to understanding and unraveling the historical foundation of the modern/colonial world system and imaginary since 1500. In his research, modern/colonial world system and imaginary is tantamount with the historical foundation of Western Civilization and its expansion around the globe. His research stands on four basic premises: a) the there is no world-system before 1500 and the integration of America in the Western Christian (European) imaginary; b) that the world-system generated the idea of “newness” (the New World) and of modernity and c) that there is no modernity without coloniality—coloniality is constitutive no derivative of modernity; d) the modern/colonial imaginary was mounted and maintained on the invention of the Human and Humanity that provided the point of reference for the invention of racism and sexism together with the invention of nature.
Briefly stated, Mignolo’s research has been and continues to be devoted to exposing modernity/coloniality as a machine that generates and maintains un-justices and to exploring decolonial ways of delinking from the modernity/coloniality. Because the political dimension of his work, in the past fifteenth years Mignolo’s energy has been increasingly devoted to the public sphere working with artists, curators, and with journalists, writing op-eds and giving frequent interviews in English and Spanish, co-organizing and co-teaching Summer Schools in Middelburg, Bremen, and at UNC-Duke. He is also frequently delivering workshops for faculty and graduate students in South and Central America, Asia, and Europe.
Mignolo was awarded the Katherine Singer Kovaks prize (MLA) for The darker side of the renaissance: literacy, territoriality and colonization (1996) and the Frantz Fanon Prize by the Caribbean Philosophical Association for The Idea of Latin America (2006). His work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Swedish, Rumanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Korean. He is an Honorary Research Associate for CISA (Center for Indian Studies in South Africa), Wits University at Johannesburg. Recently, he has joined the Dialogue of Civilizations (DOC) Program Council as a senior adviser and was distinguished with an Honoris Causa degree in the Humanities (Filosofia y Letras) by the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Ph.D., Ecole Des Hautes Etudes (France) 1974
The Haitian Revolution - A Documentary Film awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 1999
(97-0622) Globalization and the Relocation of Languages, Cultures awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1998
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Mignolo, W. Decolonial Politic (forthcoming). Ed. F Carballo. Duke University Press, 2017. (Collection)
Mignolo, W. Psicoanalisis y pensamiento decolonial. Surgimiento de Nuevas Fronteras. Ed. MA Castagnola. Mexico: Ecole Lacanniene de Psychoanalyse, 2016. (Collection)
Mignolo, W. Habitar la frontera. Pensar y sentir la descolonialidad. Ed. F Carballo and LAH Robles. CIDOB, 2015. (Collection)
Mignolo, W. Trayectorias de re-existencia: ensayos en torno a la colonialidad/decolonialidad del saber, el sentir y el creer. Ed. PP Gomez. Bogotá: Facultad de Artes Asab, 2015. (Collection)
Mignolo, W. La désobeissance épistemique. Rhétorique de la modernité, logique de la colonialité et grammair de la decolonialité. Brussels: Peter Lang, 2015.
Mignolo, W, and Carballo, F. Una concepcion descolonial del mundo Conversacion de Francisco Carballo con Walter Mignolo. Ediciones del Signo and Globalization and Humanities Project, 2014.
Mignolo, W. Desobediencia epistemica. 2014.
L’ idea di America Latina. Geostoria di una teoria decoloniale. Trans. WD Mignolo. Mimesis, July 2013.
Decolonizing the Cold War: BE-BOP 2013, Black Europe Body Politics. Ed. W Mignolo and A Lockward. Berlin, Germany: ArtLabour Archives, May 2013. (Exhibition Catalog)
Mignolo, W. "A dialogue between the two cultures: Merrell's Deconstruction Reframed." Semiotica 81.1/2 (1990): 135-144.
Mignolo, W. "On Brian Harley's 'Deconstructing the Map'." Cartographica 26.3 (1989): 109-114.
Mignolo, W. "Reviews: La última mujer y el próximo combate (M. Cofino Lopez)." Caravelle: cahiers du monde hispanique et luso-bresilien 17 (1972).
Mignolo, W. "Cadaver Ileno de mundo (J.A. Mora)." Caravelle: cahiers du monde hispanique et luso-bresilien 18 (1972).
Mignolo, W. "Ensayos de Literatura Argentina (Noé Jitrik)." Caravelle: cahiers du monde hispanique et luso-bresilien 16 (1971).
Mignolo, W. "Lectures notes on Latin American Culture." Caravelle: cahiers du monde hispanique et luso-bresilien 17 (1971).
Mignolo, W. "Roquitas pintadas (M. Puig)." Caravelle: cahiers du monde hispanique et luso-bresilien 15 (1970).
Mignolo, W. "El amor, los orsinis y la muerte (N. Sanchez)." Caravelle: cahiers du monde hispanique et luso-bresilien 15 (1970).
Mignolo, WD. "The advent of black thinkers and the limits of continental philosophy." The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy. January 1, 2017. 287-301. Full Text
Mignolo, WD. "Racism and coloniality: The invention of “HUMAN(ITY)" and the three pillars of the colonial matrix of power (racism, sexism, and nature)." The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race. January 1, 2017. 461-474. Full Text
Mignolo, WD. "The historiographical metatext and new world historiography." Inca Garcilaso and Contemporary World-Making. January 1, 2016. 316-354.
Mignolo, W. "Decolonial Reflections on Hemispheric Partitions. The 'Western Hemisphere' in the Colonial Horizon of Modernity and the Irreversible Historical Shift to the 'Eastern Hemisphere' (forthcoming)." Companion to Inter-American Studies. Ed. W Raussert. Bielefeld, Germany: International Association of American Studies, 2016. (Essay)
Fields, B, and Page, K. "Preface." January 1, 2015.
Mignolo, WD. "Geopolitics of knowing/understanding and American studies: A decolonial argument or view from the global South." American Studies as Transnational Practice: Turning Toward the Transpacific. January 1, 2015. 279-310.
Mignolo, W. "Sylvia Wynter: What Does it Mean to be Human?." Sylvia Wynter. On Being Human as a Praxis. Ed. K McKittrick. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. 106-123. (Essay)
Mignolo, W. "Yes, we can." Can non-European Think? by Hamid Dabashi. London: Zed Books, 2015. viii-xl. (Introduction)
Mignolo, W. "Anomie, resurgences and de-noming." The Anomie of the Earth. Philosophy, Politics and Autonomy in Europe and the Americas. Ed. F Luisetti and et al. Durha-Duke University Press, 2015. vii-xvi. (Foreword)
Mignolo, W. "Decolonial Reflections: Art and archaeology." Two Days After Forever. A Reader on the Choreography of Time. Ed. O Kholoif. Cytrus Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Art, 2015. 172-192. (Essay)
Mignolo, WD. "Coloniality is far from over, and so must be decoloniality." Afterall 43 (January 1, 2017): 38-45. Full Text
Mignolo, WD. "The making and closing of eurocentric international law: The opening of a multipolar world order." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 36.1 (January 1, 2016): 182-195. Full Text
Mignolo, W. "El desprendimiento." Boca de Sapo. Arte, Literatura y Pensamiento (Buenos Aires) VVI.20 (August 2015): 55-60.
Mignolo, WD. "Spirit out of bounds returns to the East: The closing of the social sciences and the opening of independent thoughts." Current Sociology 62.4 (July 2014): 584-602. Full Text
Mignolo, WD. "Liberal democracy, path of human authority and transition to living well." Sociedade E Estado 29.1 (January 1, 2014): 21-44. Full Text
Mignolo, WD. "The point of nonreturn: The reemergence of the disavowed." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 33.3 (December 1, 2013): 268-271. Full Text
"The geopolitics of sensibility and knowledge on colonialism, border thinking and epistemic disobedience." Revista De Filosofia (Spain) 74.2 (January 1, 2013): 7-23.
Mignolo, WD, and Vazquez, R. "Introduction to Decolonial Aesthesis: Colonial Wounds, Decolonial Healings." Social Text-Periscope (Web Publication) (2013): 9-9.
Mignolo, W. "Geopolitics of sensing and kowing: on (de) coloniality, border thinking and epistemic disobedience." Confero. Essays on Education, Philosophy and Politics 1.1 (2013): 129-150.
Mignolo, W. "Spirit Out of Bound Returns to the East: The Closing of the Social Sciences and the Opening of Independent Thoughts." Sage Journal (March 2014): 584-602. (Special Issue)
Mignolo, W. "(De) coloniality and (Un) easy postcolonialilsm." Wko Wko (World and Knowledges Otherwise) 3.3 (November 13, 2013): 1-4. (Special Issue)
Mignolo, WD. "(De) coloniality and (Un) easy postcolonialilsm." Ed. Boatca, M. Web Journal, Wko 3 (2013): 1-4. (Special Issue)
"Decolonial AestheSis: Colonial Wounds/Decolonial Healings." Ed. Mignolo, W and Vazquez, R. Social Text Periscope: an Online Journal Social Text Editors (2013). (Journal Issue)
Mignolo, W. "Las Meninas: A Decolonial Response." Art Bulletin XCII.1/2 (2010): 40-47. (Special Issue)
Mignolo, W. "Ïslamophobia/Hispanophobia: The (re)Configuration of the Racia Imperial/Colonial Matrix." Journal of the Sociology of Self Knowledge 1.Human Architecture (January 2007): 13-28. (Special Issue)
Mignolo, WALTER. "Globalization and the Decolonial Option." Ed. Mignolo, W and Escobar, A. Cultural Studies 21.2-3 (2007). (Journal Issue,Special Issue)
Mignolo, W. "On De-coloniality." Wko (Worlds and Knowledges Otherwise) 2.1 (2007). (Special Issue)
Cano, A. "Para qué la decolonización en educación: Entrevista con Walter Mignolo." Ed. Cano, EMYA. Revista Educativa Cultural Saint Andrew’S I.2.Colonialidad del saber y educación (2006): 62-66. (Special Issue)
Mignolo, WALTER. "Double Critique: Knowledges and Scholars at Risk in the Post-Socialist World." Ed. Mignolo, W. Saq: the South Atlantic Quarterly (2006). (Special Issue)
Mignolo, W. "La desoccidentalizacion es irreversible." (April 2012).
Mignolo, W. "The Failures of Neoliberalism and the Road to the Future." (February 2012).
Mignolo, W. "The Geopolitics of Sensing and Kowing." (January 2012).
Mignolo, WD. "La desoccidentalizacion es irreversible." (2012).
Mignolo, W. "De-Secularization as a Condition for the Dialogue of Civilizations." (December 30, 2011).
Mignolo, W. "Hacia la desoccidentalizacion." (December 6, 2011).
Mignolo, WD, and Benfield, D. "Decolonizing the Digital/Digital Decolonization." (2009). (Digital Edition)
Mignolo, WD, Casimir, J, and Dubois, LAURENT. "Thinking Haiti, Thinking Jean Casimir." (2008). (Digital Edition)
Mignolo, W. "La opción descolonial." (2008).
Mignolo, W. "On De-coloniality; Vol. 2 No. 1." (October 2007). (Digital Edition)
Mignolo, W. "Laudation to Abel Rodriguez Main Award Prince Claus Foundation." Catalog of 2014 Awardess (December 2014).
Mignolo, W. "No se trata de resistir sino de existir." LA PRENSA de Panamá (November 17, 2014). (Scholarly Commentary)
Mignolo, W, and Martinez, AR. "La civilización occidental no es ni global ni universal." La Prensa (November 16, 2014). (Scholarly Commentary, Interview)
Mignolo, W. "The North of the South and the West of the East. A Provocation to the Question." IBRAAZ. Contemporary Visual Culture in North Africa and the Middle East (November 6, 2014).
Mignolo, W, and Elhers, J. "Global South, Colonial Wound, Decolonial Healing." IBRAAZ. Contemporary Visual Culture in North Africa and the Middle East (November 6, 2014). (Interview)
Mignolo, W, and Lorca, J. "El control de los cuerpos y los saberes." Pagina 12 (July 8, 2014). (Interview)
Mignolo, W, and He, W. "The Prospect of Harmony and the Deolonial View of the World." Critical Legal Thinking (June 12, 2014). (Interview)
Mignolo, W. "Initial entry in exhibit-event catalog: Spirituality, Subjectivity and (Im) migrant Consciousness: The Tasks Ahead." CATALOG OF BE-BOP 2014, EXHIBITS, PERFORMANCES AND LECTURES (May 2014).
Mignolo, W. "The City, the Country and the Resurgence of the Disavowed." Polis : Revista de la Universidad Bolivariana 4.4.The South as State of Main. Main Focus (March 2014): 70-72.
Mignolo, WD. "Walter Mignolo y el pensamiento descolonial." elPeriodico (January 5, 2014): 2-4. (Interview)
Educación y decolonialidad. Aprender a desaprender para poder re-aprender. Un diálogo político-pedagógico con Walter D Mignolo. Conducted by Facundo Giuliano and Daniel Berisso. Facultad de Educación: Universidad Nacional de . December 2015
Faculty. "The Promises and Discontents: Decolonial Options and World (Dis)Order." A two week seminar.. Forum on Contemporary Theory XIII. Theory/Praxis Course, English and Foreign Languages.. June 16, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Co-organizer and faculty member. Stolen Memories: Museums, Slavery and Decoloniality." Decolonial Summer School, sixth year. Co-organizers Rolando Vazquez (Roosevelt Academy) and Walter Mignolo, Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke Uni...
Interviewee. "Conocimiento y Subjetividad." An interview a propos of the second edition of the small edited book by Walter Mignolo: Genero y descolonialidad.. Publication: Baldosas Flojas. April 20, 2015