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Decolonial Studies Program (DSP)

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    Rationale

    The term modernity/coloniality is often used with reference to continuing and often deleterious processes, conditions, and attitudes brought about by the colonial period that, Anibal Quijano[1] and Walter Mignolo[2] argue, are inextricably linked to the epistemology of modernity. The Decolonial Studies Program (DSP) focuses on the varying dimensions of coloniality/modernity that continue to impact Global South societies and hinder their institutions from achieving their liberating potential.


    Objectives

      • To interrogate coloniality by identifying aspects of Western modernity in postcolonial states and to critically engage with colonial-era texts, collective memory, and the use of both colonial and local languages.
      • To strike a conversation with researchers who have done significant studies in their field to share best practices, challenges, and their vision for ethical decolonial research with the aim of producing a curriculum on decoloniality.
      • To highlight and explore local ways of knowing and to collaborate with folk and indigenous leaders, individuals, and groups.

    [1] Quijano, Aníbal. 2007. “Coloniality and Modernity/Rationality.” Cultural Studies 21, no. 2–3 (2007): 168–78. https://doi.org/10.1080/09502380601164353.

    [2] Mignolo, Walter D. 2007. “Delinking: The Rhetoric of Modernity, the Logic of Coloniality and the Grammar of De-coloniality.” Cultural Studies 21, no. 2–3 (2007): 449–514. https://doi.org/10.1080/09502380601162647.

    Publications


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    Exploring Methods to Decolonize English Studies | Discussion Paper 1 MB 723 downloads

    Exploring Methods to Decolonize English Studies ...
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    Decolonizing Religion: Wishful Thinking or a Real Possibility? | Discussion Paper 2 MB 326 downloads

    Decolonizing Religion Wishful Thinking or a Real Possibility ...
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    The Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Bangsamoro Local Governance Code | Policy Brief 228 KB 233 downloads

    The Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Bangsamoro Local Governance Code ...
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    Decolonial Approaches to Legislation in the Bangsamoro Context | Policy Brief 243 KB 277 downloads

    Decolonial Approaches to Legislation in the Bangsamoro Context ...
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    Decolonial Approaches to Legislation: Seminar-Workshop | Proceedings 3 MB 324 downloads

    Decolonial Approaches to Legislation – Seminar-Workshop ...

    News


    Activities


    View the Term Reports from 2018 to 2022 for a list of DSP programs and activities, which include meetings, webinars, and/or publications (forthcoming or already published). 

    The Team


    Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran, PhD

    Convenor
    Assistant Professor
    Department of English and Comparative Literature
    College of Arts and Letters
    University of the Philippines Diliman

    Frances Antoinette C. Cruz

    Co-convenor

    Assistant Professor
    Department of European Languages
    College of Arts and Letters
    University of the Philippines Diliman

    Nassef Manabilang Adiong, PhD

    Research Fellow

    Decolonial Studies Program

    Aileen Salonga, PhD

    Project Leader

    Decolonial Studies Program

    Grace Saqueton

    Research Fellow

    Decolonial Studies Program

    Ilene de Jesus

    Staff Coordinator

    Decolonial Studies Program

    Luis Abesamis

    Senior Research Analyst

    Decolonial Studies Program