William H. Wannamaker Professor of Romance Studies in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
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) 1973
Mignolo, W, and Schiwy, F. "Double Translation: Transculturation and the Colonial Difference." Translation and Ethnography: The Anthropological Challenge of Intercultural Understanding. Ed. T Maranhao and B Streck. University of Arizona Press, 2003. 3-30.
Mignolo, W. "Rethinking the Colonial Model." Rethinking Literary History. Ed. L Hutcheon and M Valdez. Oxford University Press, 2002. 153-193.
Mignolo, W. "Colonialidad global, capitalismo y hegemonía epistémica." Indisciplinar las ciencias sociales, Geopolíticas del conocimiento y colonialidad del poder. Quito: Universidad Andina/Abya Yala, 2002. 215-244.
Mignolo, W, and Schiwy, F. "Beyond Dichotomies: Translation/transculturation and the Colonial Difference." Beond Dichotomies. Ed. E Mudimbe. Syracuse University Press, 2002. 251-286.
Mignolo, W. "Globalization and the Borders of Latinity." Latin American Perspectives on Globalization: Ethnics, Politics, and Alternative Visions. Ed. M Saenz. New York: Bowman and Littlefield, 2002. 77-101.
Mignolo, W. "Las geopolíticas de conocimiento y colonialidad del poder. Entrevista a Walter Mignolo." Perspectives desde lo Andino. Ed. C Walsh, F Schiwy, and S Castro-Gómez. Quito: UASB/Abya Yala, 2002.
Mignolo, W. "José de Acosta’s Historia Natural y Moral de Las Indias: Occidentalism, the Modern/Colonial World System and the First Stage of the Colonial Difference." Natural and Moral History of the Indies. Ed. FM López-Morillas. trans. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002.
Mignolo, W. "A revolucao teorica dos Zapatistas: seu historico, sua etica e suas consequencias politicas." Ed. A Nascimento. 2002. 173-206.
Mignolo, W. "Globalization and the Borders of Latinity." The Latin American Perspectives on Globalization. Ethics, Politics and Alternative Visions. Ed. M Saenz. New York: Bowman and Littlefield, 2002. 77-101.
Mignolo, W. "Rethinking the Colonial Model." Rethinking Literary History: A Dialogue on Theory. Ed. L Hutcheon and M Valdés. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Mignolo, W. "Occidentalizacion, imperialismo, globalización: herencias coloniales y teorías postcoloniales." Revista Iberoamericana 179071 (1995): 27-40. (Academic Article)
Mignolo, WD. "Loci of enunciation and imaginary constructions: The Case of (Latin) America." Ed. WD Mignolo. Special issue of Poetics Today I and II (1995).
Mignolo, W. "Editor’s Introduction, Loci of Enunciation and Imaginary Constructions: The Case of (Latin) America." Poetics Today 15 (1994): 505-521. (Academic Article)
MIGNOLO, W. "CRITICISM, HISTORY AND CULTURAL POLITICS + THEME OF A WORKSHOP AT THE ANDEAN CONFERENCE ON LATIN-AMERICAN LITERATURE, TUCUMAN, 1995 - AGENDAS FOR THE NEXT DECADE." REVISTA DE CRITICA LITERARIA LATINOAMERICANA 20.40 (1994): 363-366. Full Text
Mignolo, W. "Colonial and Post-Colonial Discourse: Cultural Critique or Academic Colonialism?." Latin American Research Review (November 1993). (Academic Article)
Mignolo, W. "Colonial and Postcolonial Discourse: Cultural Critique or Academic Colonialism?." Latin American Research Review 28 (1993): 120-131. (Academic Article)
Mignolo, W. "Misunderstanding and colonization: the reconfiguration of memory and space." South Atlantic Quarterly 92 (1993): 209-260. (Academic Article)
Mignolo, W. "The Darker Side of the Renaissance: colonization and the discontinuity of the classical tradition." Renaissance Quarterly xlv (1992): 808-828. (Academic Article)
Mignolo, W. "On the colonization of Amerindian languages and memories: Renaissance theories of writing and the discontinuity of the classical tradition." Comparative Studies in Society and History 34 (1992): 301-330. (Academic Article)
Mignolo, WD. "Putting the Americas on the map (geography and the colonization of space)." Colonial Latin American Review 1.1-2 (January 1992): 25-63. Full Text
Casimir, J, Dubois, L, and ed, WM. "Thinking Haiti, Thinking Jean Casimir." WKO, a web dossier 2 (2008).
Mignolo, WD. "Futuros Globales y Opciones Descoloniales." (2008): 137-152.
Lugones, WDMEM, Jiménez-Lucena, I, and Tlostanova, M. "Gender and Decoloniality." WKO, a web dossier 2 (2008).
Mignolo, WD. "Thinking Decolonially: Citizenship, Knowledge and the Limits of Humanity." Ed. MIMD Almeida and ER Larreta. (2008): 225-258.
Mignolo, WD. "La opción descolonial. Desprendimiento y apertura. Un Manifiesto y un Caso." Ed. HCYW Mignolo. (2008): 175-208.
Mignolo, WD. "Revisando las reglas del juego." Ed. HCYW Mignolo. Tabula Rasa. Revista de Humanidades. Bogota: Colombia 8 (2008): 321-334.
Mignolo, WD. "La opcion descolonial. Desprendimiento y Apertura. Un Manifiesto y un caso." Ed. H Cairo. Tabula Rasa. Revista de Humanidades 8 (2008): 243-281. (Academic Article)
Mignolo, WD, and Schiwy, F. "Double Translation. Transculturation and the Colonial Difference." Ed. CE Colo. Información y Comunicación. Revista Científica 4 (2008): 12-34. (Academic Article)
Mignolo, WD. "Decolonial thoughts." Online blog (2008). (Academic Article)
Mignolo, WD. "La Mercantilización de la Vida." Pagina 12, News Paper, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2008). (Scholarly Commentary)