Into the pluriverse

Join us for the second session on Into the Pluriverse discussing the “Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary,” edited by Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, and Alberto Acosta.

March 19th 2024 at 18:00 CET
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When did the era of development start? Who is the speaking subject hiding behind the concept of development? In which temporality does it subjectivize us? And what socio-political framework does it presuppose? With the Post-development Dictionary, Ashish Kothari, Ariel Saleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, and Alberto Acosta question postcolonial temporality and the conditions for the material reality it produces by highlighting how the idea of development has continued to gain traction and power even in societies that had just emerged from colonial rule.

So, how do we topple development and the idea of what it means to be human included in it? How do we move past the spatial temporality it represents and produce? And what would it mean to speak post-development? To move beyond Eurocentrism and its hegemonic symbolic field of racial capitalism, the authors advocate for a narrative rooted in solidarity and the abolishing of boundaries between humans and non-human lives. This session proposes to explore the path out of imperialism and racism traced by the post-development dictionary and the new horizon it allows us to perceive.

Our goal for the session and the series is to learn together about pluriversality, while also approaching it from a critical lens and reflecting on how this concept and ways of being-knowing-living manifest on the ground, materially, and in our research. This discussion series is open to all—academics, activists, and all of us in between. 

There’s no need to read the entire book. Please read at least one chapter that resonates the most with you. and feel free to join and listen in if you haven’t had the chance to read any chapters.

This session is co-organized by Andya Paz and Taraf Abu Hamdan.

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