33rd Hayward Keniston Lecture: Why Epistemologies of the South?


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  • Speaker: Boaventura de Sousa Santos
  • Host Department: Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Date: 11/12/2014
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room

  • Description:

    Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos will develop three main ideas. First, the understanding of the world by far exceeds the western understanding of the world. Second, there is no global social justice without global cognitive justice. Third, the emancipatory transformation in the world may follow grammars and script other than those developed by western-centric critical theory, and such diversity should be valorized.

    Graduate Student Workshop
    Thursday November 13
    RLL Commons, 4th floor MLB
    Please RSVP to szalays@umich.edu
    Lunch Provided

    Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University. He is director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum. He has been awarded several prizes, most recently the Science and Technology Prize of Mexico, 2010, and the Kalven Jr. Prize of the Law and Society Association, 2011.