Colonialidad/Latinidad: Jose Saldivar


Date: Sept. 19, 2007
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Duke University — The John Hope Franklin Center, room 240

Professor Saldívar's presentation will be based on his forthcoming book. Reading material will be distributed in advance. Please contact to receive your copy.


Professor José David Saldívar is joining Duke University as Director of the Center for Latino/as Studies. Professor Saldívar is coming from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was the Class of 1942 Professor of Ethnic Studies and English. He is a leading figure in Chicano and Latina Studies and author of classic books such as The Dialectics of Our America: Genealogy, Cultural Critique, and Literary History (Duke 1991) and Border Matters: Remapping American Cultural Studies (California 1997). Professor Saldívar joined the project known as modernity/coloniality/decoloniality (for shorter, “the decolonial project”) in early 2000. He has contributed enormously through two workshops he co-organized at Berkeley (with professors Ramón Grosfógel and Nelson Maldonado-Torres) and co-editor of two volumes with the outcome of the workshops–Latin@s in the World System. Decolonization Struggles in the 21 st Century US Empire, was published 2005 (Paradigm Press) and Unsettling Post-Colonial Studies: Coloniality, Border Thinking and Transmodernity is forthcoming (Duke University Press).