Walter Mignolo

William H. Wannamaker Professor of Romance Studies in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

External address: 
125B Friedl Building, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0413
Phone: 
(919) 668-1949
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment (between 1pm and 3 pm)

CV: https://goo.gl/c481q1

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Education

  • Ph.D., Ecole Des Hautes Etudes (France) 1973

Mignolo, W. "Aesthetic Function, Literariness and Góngora’s Poetry." Language and Literary Theory. Ed. B Stolz and L Dolezel. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, 1985. 443-462.

Mignolo, W. "Discurso ensayístico y tipología textual." El Ensayo Hispánico. Ed. JLE al. University of South Carolina, 1983.

Mignolo, W. "Cartas, Crónicas y Relaciones del Descubrimiento y de la Conquista." Historia de la Literatura Hispanoamericana (Epoca Colonial). Ed. I Madrigal. Madrid: Cátedra, 1982. 56-125.

Mignolo, W. "What is Wrong with the Theory of Literature?." The Sign: Semiotics Around the World. Ed. L Matejka and R Bailey. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, 1978. 305-307.

Mignolo, W. "La instancia del Y O en ’Las dos Historias’ de F. Hernández." Felisberto Hernández ante la crítica actual. Ed. A Sicard. Caracas: Mone Avila, 1977. 171-185.

Mignolo, W. "Alguenos aspectos de la coherencia del discurso (literario)." The Analysis of Hispanic Texts: Current Trends in Methodology. Ed. G Keller and I Teran. New York: Bilingual Press, 1975. 273-99.

Mignolo, W. "La dispersión de la palabra." Cesar Vallejo. Ed. Ortega. Madrid: Taurus, 1972. 470-95.

Pages

MIGNOLO, W. "CONNECTION, COHERENCE, AMBIGUITY - 'TODOS LOS FUEGOS EL FUEGO'." HISPAMERICA-REVISTA DE LITERATURA 5.14 (1976): 3-26.

Mignolo, W. "Los abatares del discurso mimético." Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 2 (1975): 5-13.

Mignolo, W. "La poètique et les changement littèraires." Etudes Littèraires (1975): 241-268. (Academic Article)

MIGNOLO, W. "POETICS AND LITERARY SHIFTS." ETUDES LITTERAIRES 8.2-3 (1975): 241-268.

MIGNOLO, W. "THE NOTION OF COMPETENCE IN POETICS." CUADERNOS HISPANOAMERICANOS 300 (1975): 605-622.

Mignolo, W, and Wert, WV. "The Semiology of Julia Kristeva and the Cinematographic Semiotic Practice." Sub-Stance 9 (1974). (Academic Article)

Mignolo, W. "La escena y la escritura: una hipótesis de trabajo sobre la poética en América." Hispamérica (1973): 3-39. (Academic Article)

Mignolo, W. "Cadaver Ileno de mundo (J.A. Mora)." Caravelle 18 (1972). (Review)

Mignolo, W. "La dispersión de la palabra (aproximación lingüística a un poema ’Vallejo’)." Neuva Revista de Filología Hispánica Tomo XXI (1972): 399-411. (Academic Article)

Pages

Mignolo, WD. "Op-ed: “El pensamiento descolonial”." Oldep.net (Observatorio Latino-Americano de Políticas Educacionales, Brazil (2006).

Mignolo, W. "Local Histories/Global Designs." (2004).

Mignolo, W. "The Enduring Enchantment." South Atlantic Quarterly 101 (2002).

Mignolo, W. "Las geopolíticas de conocimiento y colonialidad del poder. Entrevista a Walter Mignolo." Indisciplinar las ciencias sociales. Geopolíticas de concimiento y colonialidad del poderPerspectives desde lo Andino (2002). (Interview)

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