Graduate Student Christian Ramirez Accepted to International Summer School Program in Barcelona, Spain

Over the summer, fourth year dual PhD student, Christian Ramirez, was accepted to "Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons Summer School" in Barcelona, Spain.  The school is hosted by the Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues, and promotes research, knowledge production, education, and public policy.

The aim of the international summer school is to enlarge the analysis and investigation of the hidden agenda of modernity in the sphere of knowledge, power, and being.  Some fundamental questions that were addressed are:
  • Who is producing knowledge?

  • What institutions and disciplines legitimize it?

  • What is knowledge for and who benefits from it?

  • How is our social existence colonized and how to think about the decolonization of being?

  • What power heirarchies constitute the cartography of power and global political-economy we live in and how to go about decolonizing the world?

Decolonizing knowledge and power take priority in the form of lectures, workshops, round tables, and exhibits.  Mr. Ramirez's research both contributes to this school of thought and addresses the need for epistemic plurality within western european structures of knowledge/knowledge production.

You can view some of Mr. Ramirez's work in the latest issue of the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate's (AGEP) Science Today Bulletin.