2021 Decolonial Summer School

The 12th Annual Middelburg Decolonial Summer School: Learning to Unlearn Decolonially: Living, Knowing, The University and The Museum

Dedicated to Maria Lugones

June 22 – July 8, 2021

Online Format
University College Utrecht & Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
The University, the Church, and the Museum have long served as foundational institutions of the coloniality of knowing and are still at work today. Mounted on these three pillars and articulated by six modern European imperial languages of Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, and English, this powerful combination of institutions and tongues secured the belief in the universality of Western knowledge, aesthetics and faith, as well as its peculiar ‘rational’ worldview. This 12th edition of the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School, now called the María Lugones Decolonial Summer School in memory of and dedication to her life’s work, will be devoted to exploring these phenomena through decoloniality as a praxis towards a reconstitution of re-existence and a re-encounter with the communal. Learning to unlearn what is taken for granted is a priority. Asking when, why and how the modern theological, scientific, historical, artistic, aesthetical version of reality came into being is the first step.