Decolonial Studies Program (DSP)

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Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran, PhD

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

Frances Antoinette C. Cruz

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


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Program Description


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.


  • 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.

[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.

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