Rolando Vázquez, Vistas of Modernity: decolonial aesthesis and the end of the contemporary
On Decolonial Aesthesis
a masterclass at with Rolando Vázquez
Thursday 4 November 2021
20:00-21:00: Lecture by Rolando Vázquez
Friday 5 November 2021
10:00-13:00: Discussion with Rolando Vázquez
Decolonial thought has shown that we cannot attain a truthful understanding of our present without coloniality, that is without the destruction of Earth and erasure of worlds that sustain our everyday reality. The coloniality as a de-worlding historical movement circulates not only through the economy and the state but also through aesthetics, through the forms through which we re-present and experience our reality. Decolonial aesthesis articulates a critique of modern aesthetics and looks for what lies silenced under the normativity of the contemporary.
About Rolando Vázquez
Dr. Rolando Vazquez is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, and Cluster Chair at University College Utrecht, Utrecht. Since 2010, he has been, together with Walter Mignolo, co-director of the annual Decolonial Summer School. In 2016, under the direction of Gloria Wekker, he co-authored the 'Let's do Diversity' report of the Diversity Committee of the University of Amsterdam. In 2020, he published Vistas of Modernity: Decolonial aesthesis and the End of the Contemporary and in 2021, together with Hicham Khalidi, he published the essay 'A new Bauhaus? The debate for a more inclusive Europe' as a response to the new European Green Deal of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.