Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 1, Winter

About Them, but without Them: Race and Ethnic Relations Studies in Dutch Universities
I. INTRODUCTION Universities are organized to teach, research and produce knowledge. But knowledge is not produced in isolation, and knowledge about race and ethnic relations is no exception. Historically, social forces and events in Europe have...
Catching Up with the (New) West: The German "Excellence Initiative," Area Studies, and the Re-Production of Inequality
I. INTRODUCTION The label of "Westernization," whether positively or negatively connoted, has been widely used to describe--or decry--the convergence of social, economic, political or cultural patterns toward a supposedly homogeneous Western model....
Decolonizing the Mind: The Case of the Netherlands
This article deals with the distinction between science and ideology in the field of the history of colonialism in the present day multicultural society of Holland. I will argue that there is a dominant ideological current in Dutch universities that...
Editor's Note: To Be of but Not in the University
I know I have reversed for the purpose of formulating the title of this editor's note, the usual expression of the adage "being in but not of the world." But the reverse expression is exactly what I mean to use as a window to what I am about to argue...
'Epistemic Coyotismo' and Transnational Collaboration Decolonizing the Danish University
I. INTRODUCTION The point of departure in this paper is a project of North-South collaboration whose aim is to work towards the decolonization of knowledge. This includes the decolonization of education in general, and the university specifically....
Images outside the Mirror? Mozambique and Portugal in World History
INTRODUCTION: THE COLONIAL LIBRARY Nao vamos esquecer o tempo que passou, Quem pode esquecer o que passou? (1) One cannot listen only to the tale of the hunter; the lion has its version too. (2) This paper aims to discuss the role of memories...
Introduction: From University to Pluriversity: A Decolonial Approach to the Present Crisis of Western Universities
The articles included in this volume of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge were presented at the conference entitled Quelles universites et quels universalismes demain en Europe? un dialogue avec les Ameriques (Which University...
Places to Think with, Books to Think About: Words, Experience and the Decolonization of Knowledge in the Bolivian Andes
I. INTRODUCTION In Bolivia today, indigenous peoples' political struggles are interlaced with issues of knowledge and truth. Indigenous cosmologies and "traditional" systems of knowledge are not only being politicized in an unprecedented manner;...
Slavery, Colonialism and Their Legacy in the Eurocentric University: The Case of Britain and the Netherlands
I. INTRODUCTION This paper, which seeks primarily to cover current developments in Britain with reference to the US, should be read in conjunction with that of Kwame Nimako also included in this volume, who brings insights from the Netherlands and...
The Crisis of the University in the Context of Neoapartheid: A View from Ethnic Studies
I. INTRODUCTION An often neglected consideration in reflections about the crisis of the university and the humanities today is that some of the most intractable challenges and perverse consequences that the university and the humanities face are...
The Dilemmas of Ethnic Studies in the United States: Between Liberal Multiculturalism, Identity Politics, Disciplinary Colonization, and Decolonial Epistemologies
I. INTRODUCTION Ethnic studies in the United States represents a contradictory space within which two hegemonic discourses (identitarian multiculturalism and disciplinary colonization) and a counter-hegemonic one (decolonial epistemologies) condense...
The University at a Crossroads
INTRODUCTION When we consider the European university, or indeed the university worldwide, the present is a moment in which it is as important to look back as to look forward. In the case of Europe, we are now in the middle of the Bologna Process--named...