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Collapse and the Nation State: A Mapuche Perspective on the Case of Chile | Decolonial Learning Session #19

Within the context of the global ecological crisis, non-western narratives, under the discourse of decolonization, have emerged as innovative and inspirational perspectives when thinking about current global issues. However, those narratives carry the risk to be subalternalized, extractivized and culturally appropriated by hegemonic epistemology. Those issues strengthened and might even reproduce the logic of crises. Meanwhile, arguing change, transformation and action.

In this lecture, Milton is inviting you to think about some questions as:

  • What and even how does the future look like under the rationality of ecological collapse?
  • How can we adopt the energy of collapse in order to promote change?
  • How do our own emotions and beliefs system resist change?

For the audio recording, click here.

Bio Milton Almonacid

Milton Almonacid is Professor of History and Geography at the Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile. He has more than 12 years of international experience in matters related to cultural, intercultural and global studies in areas such as science and technology studies, philosophy of sciences, sociology and history of knowledge production. His fields of interest are Epistemology of Sciences, Decolonization of Knowledge, Whiteness Studies, Indigenous Epistemologies, Non-Western Global Narratives and Intercultural Translation, amongst others. Milton holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes), Philosophy (Université Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne) and Psychoanalysis (Université Paris VII, Denis Diderot) focused on the study of social movements in Chile, the construction of the legitimacy of scientific thought, as well as Mapuche contents excluded from the social identity of Chilean society.


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