About this MIDEQ Share Out

This MIDEQ Share Out is a discussion of the book "Decolonizing Politics and Theories from the Abya Yala", co edited by Fernando David Márquez Duarte and Víctor Alejandro Espinoza Valle.

This book addresses, from a decolonial approach, various aspects of the original history of Abya Yala. Together, the chapters provide a critical view of the colonization of Indigenous Peoples that not only explains social or economic subjugation of Latin American people, but also makes it clear that colonization is ontological and epistemological. It is a way of conceiving history and memory as subjugation imposed by those who set themselves up as lords and masters of the land and of the social and cultural heritage of Latin America. Thus, colonization must be conceived as a totality. Therefore, deconstructing the hegemonic vision of history is necessary in order to recognize the ancestral rights of Indigenous communities. The decolonial vision is radical in the sense that it goes beyond the European descendants or mestizo visions from which the explanation of Latin American development was constructed. This book aims to investigate the roots of hegemonic thought and provide theoretical and empirical tools to imagine other readings of Abya Yala.

The event, chaired by MIDEQ Director Heaven Crawley, will feature a discussion on the concepts and terms presented in the book by co-editor Fernando David Márquez Duarte. Following this will be a discussion on domination, racism, and structural violence in Guatemala by Miguel Alejandro Saquimux Contrera and Q&A for audience members.

Speaker Profiles:

Fernando David Márquez Duarte is a Mexican decolonial activist and thinker from the Abya Yala. He has a BA in International Relations with Honorific Mention from UABC, as well as a MSc in Regional Development from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) with a CONACYT scholarship. He is currently enrolled in the PhD Political Science program at the University of California Riverside (UCR) with a Fulbright García Robles scholarship and the Dean’s Fellowship. He has more than 5 years of teaching experience in different universities in México and the USA, and is currently teaching at UCR. He has academic articles published in indexed journals of México, Brazil, Ecuador, Russia, Germany and the UK, as well as book chapters in México and Spain. He has worked advising and supporting Indigenous groups such as the Triquis and Cucapáh Indigenous communities in Baja California, México, regarding Indigenous rights and political participation. He has also worked with the Resistance in defense of water in Baja California with a participatory action-research project. He is proficient in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Náhuatl languages.

Miguel Alejandro Saquimux Contreras is a Guatemalan sociologist (Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala - USAC) from the Abya Yala with a MSc in Governance and Development from Antwerp University (UA) with a VLIR-UOS Scholarship. Currently, he is a PhD student in the Social Science Health programme at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) with World Health Organization (WHO) - HRP Alliance LID Hub / CAPES scholarships. He is working as a consultant researcher for Obesity Canada in the International Pilot Adaptation Clinical Practical Guideline on Obesity Project. He has also researched and worked on topics related to preventing gender-based violence and structural, symbolic, and institutional violence.

The event is chaired by Professor Heaven Crawley. Heaven leads the UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub (MIDEQ). Educated at the Universities of Sussex (1989-1994) and Oxford (1995-1999), Heaven has more than 25 years' experience of undertaking research on international migration in a wide range of institutional settings (government, voluntary sector, national and international organisations, academia). She is currently the Head of Equitable Development and Migration at UN University Centre for Policy Research.


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