Applications Open: The María Lugones Decolonial Summer School

Stylized black and white world map by Pedro Lasch titled "Global Indianization." Contintents are broadly labeled.

The 12th Annual Middelburg Decolonial Summer School

Dedicated to María Lugones

"Learning to Unlearn Decolonially: Living, Knowing, the University and the Museum"

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.


Application Deadline: May 22, 2021

Applications may be submitted until May 22, 2021 via the Utrect Summer School website, accepted on a rolling basis until the course is full.

Designed for graduate students from all backgrounds (PhD and MA), the course is also open to interested advanced undergraduate students. Please visit the website for more information about content, reading lists, and schedule. Contact Teresa Cos Rebollo at for inquiries.

Image by Pedro Lasch, Indianizacion global ("Global Indianization").