Social Emancipation Summer School
August 5th - 14th, 2018 at Universidad de la Tierra Oaxaca, Oaxaca de Juárez
Post-Development, Comunalidad and Decoloniality
The well established critique of postdevelopment is engaged with producing alternatives to development; moving from critique to imagining and creating a world beyond the dominant development paradigm. It confronts today’s challenge to learn from relational ways of living- those that have the potential for a transition towards a postcapitalist, postpatriarchal, pro-liberation society. The decoloniality school of thought will bring to the course a long view of the historical configuration of the modern colonial order. It explores how the Eurocentric paradigm of development and modernity is inextricably bound to coloniality, to the process of denigration, and destruction of other worlds. Finally, the Indigenous philosophy of comunalidad is rooted in the experience of Oaxacan communities. It will bring to the discussion a praxis of living and thinking which the world has resisted for over 500 years of colonialism and more recently another 60 years of development: the radical concept that it is possible to think and live beyond the parameters of the Eurocentric, modern, colonial order.

The course is a unique opportunity to be part of the very first inter-exchange between these three paths of critical thought, and to begin to build bridges between through dialogue, practice, and conviviality. It is an invitation to join a shared dialogue engaged in critical thinking and action based on collective, locally-rooted societies in movement, and the search for convivial tools for community regeneration. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the uncertainty we face in this moment- an uncertainty created by the fact that old rationalities are obsolete- and to be part of the conversation seeking to understand and define new ways of thinking and doing.

Over the ten days of the course, participants will come together with sixteen powerful and influential key thinkers and action-ists from each school of thought. Each day, participants will be engaged in seminars, discussions, lectures, workshops, tours, and more within Unitierra and around Oaxaca. Participants will be invited to join in active community and social programming run through the Universidad. There will also be plenty of time for participants to explore the city and culture of Oaxaca, and members of Unitierra are happy will be available to assist participants in exploring any areas of interest. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a diploma from the prestigious Universidad Iberoamericana.

Valiana Aguilar, Manolo Callahan, Ana Cecilia Dinerstein, Arturo Escobar, Gustavo Esteva, Stefano Harney, Rosalva Aída Hernández, Xóchitl Leyva, Mauricio González, Diana Itzu Gutiérrez, Rosalba Icaza, Xóchitl Leyva, Jaime Luna, Walter Mignolo, Fred Moten, Shanon Speed and Rolando Vázquez.

Registration Fees and Details
Early Bird Registration: USD $1,700
Register and pay in full before April 15th, 2018 and receive a 15% discount.
Non-refundable registration deposit: USD $500 - to be paid upon registration.
April 14th, 11:59pm: deadline to pay the remaining balance of USD $1,200. No refunds will be made after this date.

Regular Registration: USD $2,000
Non-refundable registration deposit: USD $500 - to be paid upon registration.
May 31st, 11:59pm: deadline to pay the remaining balance of USD $1,500. No refunds will be made after this date.

Payment can be made via e-transfer.
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