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How should Northern Sociologists engage

How should Northern Sociologists engage

Newcastle Sociology Seminar Series 2021/22

How should Northern Sociologists engage with Epistemologies of the South | Boaventura De Sousa Santos (Coimbra University, Portugal)


After describing the epistemologies of the south I will identify three possible scenarios in the post-pandemic period and will argue that the epistemologies of the south are necessary to navigate the only hopeful scenario. 


Boaventura de Sousa Santos is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Director Emeritus 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.

His most recent project is ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council.

His most recent books in English are: Decolonising the University: The Challenge of Deep Cognitive Justice (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021); The Pluriverse of Human Rights: The Diversity of Struggles for Dignity (Ed. with Bruno Sena Martins) (Routledge, 2021); Demodiversity: Toward Post-Abyssal Democracies (Ed. with José Manuel Mendes) (Routledge, 2020); Knowledges Born in the Struggle. Constructing the Epistemologies of the Global South (Ed. with Maria Paula Meneses) (Routledge, 2019); The End of the Cognitive Empire: The Coming of Age of Epistemologies of the South (Duke University Press, 2018); If God Were a Human Rights Activist (Stanford University Press, 2015); Epistemologies of the South: Justice against Epistemicide (Paradigm Publishers, 2014).