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On Decentralizing: epistemic authority beyond the centers of knowledge production
Chair: Alis Oancea
Speaker: Leandro Rodgriguez Medina, Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico

The centre/periphery model is not new, but its validity remains due to at least three interrelated phenomena. First, science is produced in specific places based on the concentration of different symbolic, human and material resources. Second, the emerging asymmetries produce reinforcement mechanisms that tend to make inequalities persist over time, some of which are structural in nature. Third, the circulation of knowledge, although it has opened up space for thinking dynamically about the link between institutions, regions and forms of knowledge, always takes place in the context of asymmetries. From this perspective, the possibility of carrying out projects that seek greater epistemic justice requires, simultaneously and often contradictorily, that the peripheries develop their capacity to absorb and produce knowledge while the centres open up to the margins, both in terms of the content of their knowledge (decentering) and the production practices that sustain it (decentralising).


This is the seventh webinar in CGHE’s special series, Racism and Coloniality in Global Higher Education.

Sep 28, 2021 02:00 PM in London

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