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Bolivia's Transformation: A De-Colonial Shift

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Spring 2010
Latin America Studies/ Ethnic Studies
1 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

The transformation that is unfolding in Bolivia is not a shift from Right (Conservatism) to Left (Socialism) but a “Decolonial” shift. This decolonial shift seeks to undo 500 years of “Modernity/Coloniality”. This Decolonial shift will include the input and the production of knowledge not only from a Western perspective, but also from an Indigenous perspective. For the last 500 years, the production of knowledge has dominated and occluded “other” forms of knowledge. In response, the Aymara people are emerging from the cracks of Modernity/Coloniality in an effort to provide a different alternative from the three main ideologies (conservatism, liberalism, and Marxism). By doing so, the Bolivian government under Evo Morales (first indigenes president) seeks to create a “pluri-national state”. In doing so, they have provided an epistemological approach known as “inter-culturidad” that coalesce two forms of thinking: Western and Indigenes. This, in turn, provides an alternative way of producing knowledge and alternative model from which Bolivia is undertaking. As a class, we will explore all the following terms: Modernity/Coloniality, Decolonial shift, Inter-culturidad as well as their origins. We will explore how this decolonial shift is partly a derivative of the Dependency School of thought; and investigate Wallerstein’s contributions. Also we will look at Bolivian history: pre-colonial, post-colonial, and present. Finally, there will be a strong emphasize on the transformations and changes that are occurring within Bolivia. 

How to Enroll:

First come first served. If the classroom exceeds the limit (15-20), a lottery will be issued thereafter. 

The Class will start on Feb. 3 on Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.

We should receive a classroom shortly within this week. Any inquiries regarding the DeCaL, feel free to contact us. We look forward to meeting all of you. 

Course Contact: j_reynaga AT

Faculty Sponsor: Professor Montejano

Time & Location:

Adrian Landa Guzman
20DWINELLE 235W 6p-7p2/03full
Adrian Landa Guzman
20DwINELLE 235W 6p-7pfull
Adrian Landa Guzman
20Dwinelle 235W 6p-7p2/03full

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