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Decolonial Studies Program (DSP)

  • Poster of speakers for the IISS’s “Muslim Identity in the Modern World: Facts, Threats, and Prospects”

  • Poster of the OPAPP Peace Research Conference 2021

  • Poster of speakers and registration link for Akbayan Youth’s “Afghanistan and Progressive Action”

  • Poster of speakers, moderator, and foreign students for “The Leadership Roles of ASEAN Youth in Strengthening Multiculturalism and Diversity”

  • Poster of speakers for the 2nd International Conference on Islamic History and Civilization


    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.



    Decolonial Approaches to Legislation: Seminar-Workshop | Proceedings 3 MB 332 downloads

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    Bangsamoro Local Government Code: Re-reading of Decentralization and its Problems | Policy Brief 234 KB 310 downloads

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    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

    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

    Nassef Manabilang Adiong, PhD

    Research Fellow

    Decolonial Studies Program

    Ilene de Jesus

    Staff Coordinator

    Decolonial Studies Program

    Thea Lorraine B. Flores

    Decolonial Studies Program