Decolonising the Curriculum – Visiting Speaker Series 2

Please join us for a talk by Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

The Epistemologies of the South and the Future of the University


Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University.

He is Director Emeritus of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Chinese, Danish, Romanian and Polish.

His most recent project ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe.

His most recent books in English are: The End of the Cognitive Empire: The Coming of Age of Epistemologies of the South. Durham and London: Duke University Press (2018); Decolonising the University: The Challenge of Deep Cognitive Justice. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017; If God Were a Human Rights Activist. Stanford University Press, 2015; Epistemologies of the South: Justice against Epistemicide. Paradigm Publishers, 2014.


13:00 Welcome by Chair, Dr Andrea English
13:05 Talk by Professor de Sousa Santos
13:45 Discussion
14:15 Close

This series on Decolonising the Curriculum is sponsored by The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain; University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education and Sport, Race Equality Subgroup; and The Centre for Education on Racial Equality in Scotland.

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