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On the Pursuit of Good Living in Highland Ecuador: Critical Indigenous Discourses of Sumak Kawsay

This article is a welcome analysis of the different versions of Buen Vivir and the conditions of their emergence in modern Altiplano South America.

Quick, Joe, and James T. Spartz. 2018. “On the Pursuit of Good Living in Highland Ecuador: Critical Indigenous Discourses of Sumak Kawsay.” Latin American Research Review 53 (4): 757–69.

Sumak kawsay, a vision of good living originating in the thought of indigenous intellectuals, has attracted many commentators since its incorporation into Ecuador’s 2008 constitution. But it remains unclear in much of the secondary literature how the discourse of sumak kawsay and its Spanish derivative buen vivir relate to the day-to-day experiences of indigenous people. We address this lack of clarity through a three-part exploration of Kichwa perspectives on the good life. First, we describe how day-to-day discussions are more likely to revolve around the actually existing life of struggle. Then we analyze an artistic genre that illustrates how decolonized indigenous lives might look. Finally, we examine how the decolonial political philosophy of sumak kawsay has emerged out of concerted collective efforts to overcome the life of struggle. We consider how these three instances of discourse relate to a long Andean history of looking to the past for an alternative to the hardships of the present, and conclude with a call to take indigenous perspectives more fully into account when concepts such as sumak kawsay are invoked by nonindigenous actors.

III Conferencia Diálogo Sur-Sur

III Conferencia Diálogo Sur-Sur
Epistemologías Ancestrales y Decoloniales

Las VII Jornadas El Pensamiento de Rodolfo Kusch y la III Conferencia Diálogos Sur-Sur proponen un espacio en el cual se discuta y reflexione sobre los siguientes ejes: arte; ciencia; tecnología y sociedad; estética; educación; filosofía; psicología; política; movimientos sociales; epistemologías del sur; interculturalidad crítica; pensamiento decolonial; epistemología indígena y ancestral; colonialidad del poder, del saber, económica y del ser; y fagocitación del estar siendo.

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Fecha y Lugar
Miércoles 21 de noviembre, de 18:30 a 21:00 hs.
Jueves 22 y viernes 23 de noviembre, de 9:00 a 21:00 hs.

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Sede Caseros II
Valentín Gómez 4752, Caseros

Organizan: Secretaría Académica y Programa Pensamiento Americano

New issue of Garland explores the Zapotec concept of guendalisaà

Read the latest issue from Mexico here.
The Garland journey now ventures across the Pacific to the region of Oaxaca, legendary for its crafts, festivals and cuisine.
Mexico appeals globally as a culture of colour and celebration, even in death. But what principles underpin this?
For this issue, we’ve been offered the Zapotec concept of Guendalisaà, as the process of “crafting kinship” by making costumes, decorations and installations.
Our quarterly essayist Tessa Laird takes us on her journey to understand the way animals inhabit the creative lives of artisans in southern Mexico, underpinned by the concept of nagual, or animal spirit.
There’s a feast of stories and beautiful objects. Enjoy lives well made!

Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education | Mapping the Long View 

Linda Tuhiwai Smith has co-edited a new volume on decolonisation and education, including perspectives across Moana and the Americas.

“to say water is life, land is our first teacher, and to ignore Indigenous presence and relationship with those lands and waters, is to miss the point entirely. Indigenous feminist scholarship has been especially careful to remind: there is no decolonization without Indigenous presence on Indigenous land and waters.”

Source: Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education | Mapping the Long View | Taylor & Francis Group

Call for papers on Southern Epistemologies

Source: Red Multidisciplinar sobre Pueblos Indígenas

Ninth Multidisciplinary Conference on Indigenous Peoples entitled “Territories in dispute: epistemologies, resistances, spiritualities and rights”, on 30/31 May and 1 June 2018 at the University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University (Middelburg, the Netherlands).

It welcomes papers on a variety of themes, including Southern Epistemologies: territories, political ecology and the Buen Vivir (Good Life)

Criminology, Southern Theory and Cognitive Justice 

In the contemporary world of high-speed communication technologies and porous national borders, empire building has shifted from colonizing territories to colonizing knowledge. Hence the question of whose voices, experiences and theories are reflected in discourse is more important now than ever before. Yet the global production of knowledge in the social sciences is, like the distribution of wealth, income and power, structurally skewed towards the global North. This collection seeks to initiate the task of closing that gap by opening discursive spaces that bridge current global divides and inequities in the production of knowledge. This chapter provides an overview of criminologies of the global periphery and introduces readers to the diverse contributions on and from the global South that challenge how we think and do criminology and justice.

Source: Criminology, Southern Theory and Cognitive Justice | SpringerLink