Decolonial Horizons

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Decolonial Horizons is an annual, double-blind peer reviewed publication which is an intellectual hub for the exploration of scholarship between global politics and religious discourses. It confronts years of systemic scholarly racism by privileging frameworks generated in the networks of the Global South. The journal is a project of Otros Cruces in South America.

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  • Teologização da política

    This article addresses the relationship between Hindu traditions and the Queer community. First, I seek to understand some elements of Hinduism in the dimensions of gender and sexuality. Then, I present the consequences of colonialism in India and its influences on Hindu religious thought regarding gender issues and point out which elements of postcolonial theory help in this struggle. I address the gender, caste, and nationalism dimensions of Hindutva ideology that dominate India even today, as these neoliberal policies capture the subjectivities, rights, and freedom of the Queer community.

  • Horizontes Decoloniales / Decolonial Horizons
  • Tabla de contenido
  • The Usmeka System of Thought

    The ontological turn in humanities and social sciences exposed how the power structures supporting scientific knowledge production exclude non-Western relational knowledges as epistemologically invalid. Thus, the responses to this exclusionary knowledge production infrastructure range from anti-scientific to using science to validate indigenous knowledges. However, those responses overlook subaltern spiritualities and how they decolonise science to open epistemic emancipatory spaces. Based on ethnographic research, this article describes the Usmeka community in Bogotá. While addressing scientific knowledge as a mid-level language to dialogue with nature, it mobilises epistemological emancipation possibilities. The analysis contributes to understanding how colonial subjects subvert scientific inquiry as a tool of epistemic control.

  • Dirty Subjects

    In the early 1900s in the settler colonial states in Southern Africa, the nascent Jewish community institutions took actions to avoid the racialised accusation of dirtiness, thus shaping the community into adopting white colonialist subjectivities. Using Albert Memmi’s analytic framework of colonisers and colonialists, and Anne McClintock’s conceptualisation of the racial function of dirt, this article reassesses existing archival sources through the lens of dirty bodies, dirty sex, and dirty work to show how communal subjectivities were formed through close collusion with the colonial state and the internal enforcing of the social habits of Whiteness. This article argues that this colonial subject formation foreclosed the possibilities of a peruvnik: a potential South African anticolonial Jewish barbarism.

  • Descolonizar la mente, sacralizar la existencia

    This article examines some of the central Buddhist teachings as a contribution to a postcolonial reading. It understands Buddhism not as a religion but as a cognitive theory. From that standpoint, its non-theistic outlook, its emphasis on introspection, and the practice of mindfulness make this discipline a powerful tool for individual transformation. Thus, Buddhism can redefine any social or political praxis from the most intimate and personal to the most external reality. A key to this is to take full responsibility for the actions, words, and thoughts that give rise to the world we all share.

  • Una teología destituyente

    This article provides an overview of the Jehovah’s Witnesses denomination. After a brief development of their origins, it breaks down some of their central beliefs. Next, it seeks to unveil and disentangle what lies behind what they call «political neutrality» and how this involves them in dilemmas vis-à-vis national states. The article concludes by demonstrating the compelling incidence of the private sphere —such as the religious and theological elements— on the public sphere, which recognizes the blurring of the line separating the two registers.

  • Más allá de Babel
  • De orientalismos y occidentalismos: Porosidades trans/decoloniales desde las miradas de Franz Fanon, Edward W. Said y Hassan Hanafi

    Este artículo analiza la situación del mundo árabe/musulmán en la mitad del siglo XX. Explica los tipos de colonialidad que han vivido Egipto, Palestina y Argelia. Centramos el análisis de las acciones político-sociales a la colonialidad en sus pueblos. Recobramos el pensamiento de Frantz Fanon desde la experiencia argeliana, para luego retomar en los casos de Edward Said —autor palestino— y su concepto de «orientalismo» y Hassan Hanafi — autor egipcio— y su propuesta del «occidentalismo». La última parte ensaya una contextualización de la obra de estos tres autores desde nuestra mirada latinoamericana situada en los conceptos de «porosidad» e «hibridez». Palavras-chave: colonialismo, Occidente, Oriente, islam, hibridez, porosidadEste artigo analisa a situação do mundo árabe/muçulmano em meados do século XX. Explique os tipos de colonialidade que o Egito, a Palestina e a Argélia experimentaram. Focamos a análise das ações político-sociais sobre a colonialidade em seus municípios. Recuperamos o pensamento de Frantz Fanon da experiência argelina, para depois voltar aos casos de Edward Said —autor palestino— e seu conceito de «orientalismo» e Hassan Hanafi —autor egípcio— e sua proposta de «ocidentalismo». A última parte tenta contextualizar a obra desses três autores a partir de nossa perspectiva latino-americana, situada nos conceitos de «porosidade» e «hibridez». Palavras-chave: colonialismo, Ocidente, Oriente, islã, hibridez, porosidadeThis article analyzes the situation in the Arab/Muslim world in the middle of the twentieth century. Explain the types of coloniality that Egypt, Palestine and Algeria have experienced. We focus the analysis of political-social actions on coloniality in their towns. We recover the thought of Frantz Fanon from the Algerian experience, to later return to the cases of Edward Said —Palestinian author— and his concept of «Orientalism» and Hassan Hanafi —Egyptian author— and their proposal of «Westernism.» The last part tries to contextualize these three authors' work from our Latin American perspective, situated in the concepts of «porosity» and «hybridity.» Keywords: colonialism, the West, the East, Islam, hybridity, porosity

  • Retrospectivas etnográficas El Centro Umbandista Reino Da Mata de Montevideo desde la decolonialidad

    Este artículo problematiza —desde una perspectiva descolonial— la construcción de saberes y prácticas manifestadas en el marco del trabajo de campo etnográfico realizado entre 2015 y 2017 en el Centro Umbandista Reino Da Mata de la ciudad de Montevideo, Uruguay. La necesidad de salir de la cárcel epistemológica se hace evidente al presentar extractos del diario de campo y entrevistas. Permanecer dentro de la carcel epistemológica impidió conocer y visibilizar las múltiples formas de colonialidad que formaban parte de la etnografía. Esas formas de colonialidad —de poder, conocimiento, ser y religión— se manifiestan en la elección, el enfoque y las interpretaciones del tema realizadas sobre las prácticas y creencias de ese centro religioso. Palabras-chave: colonialidad, epistemología, religión, identidad, UmbandismoEste artigo problematiza — desde uma perspectiva descolonial— a construção de saberes e práticas manifestadas no marco do trabalho de campo etnográfico realizado entre 2015 e 2017 no Centro Umbandista Reino Da Mata da cidade de Montevidéu, Uruguai. A necessidade de sair da prisão epistemológica fica evidente quando se apresentam trechos do diário de campo e entrevistas. A permanência na prisão epistemológica impedia conhecer e tornar visíveis as múltiplas formas de colonialidade que faziam parte da etnografia. Essas formas de colonialidade —de poder, saber, ser e religião— se manifestam na escolha, no enfoque e nas interpretações do sujeito feitas sobre as práticas e crenças daquele centro religioso. Palavras-chave: colonialidade, epistemologia, religião, identidade, UmbandismoThis article problematizes —from a decolonial perspective— the construction of knowledge and practices manifested within the framework of ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2015 and 2017 at the Centro Umbandista Reino Da Mata in the city of Montevideo, Uruguay. The need to leave the epistemological prison becomes evident by presenting excerpts from the field diary and interviews. Remaining within the epistemological prison hindered knowing and visibilizing the multiple forms of coloniality that were part of the ethnography. Those forms of coloniality —of power, knowledge, being and religion— manifest in the choice, approach and interpretations of the topic performed upon that religious center's practices and beliefs. Keywords: coloniality, epistemology, religion, identity, Umbandism

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