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Decolonizing the Classics

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Jimi O. Adesina, University of South Africa, South Africa

Zaid Ahmad, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Manuela Boatcă, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany

Michael Borshuk, Texas Tech University, USA

Maya Boutaghou, University of Virginia, USA

Darién Davis, Middlebury College, USA

Arturo Escobar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Universidad del Valle, Colombia

Gustavo Esteva (1936–2022)†, Universidad de la Tierra, Mexico 

Emad Gerges, The University of Mississippi, USA

William Luis, Vanderbilt University, USA

Gladys L. Mitchell-Walthour, North Carolina Central University

Ulrich Oslender, Florida International University, USA

Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Princeton University, USA

Stephen Sheehi, William & Mary, USA

Aram Ziai, University of Kassel, Germany

The critique of colonialism and post-colonialism has by now been broadly disseminated and understood. The logical next step in moving beyond colonialism in thought, research, and academic practice is to engage in decolonization efforts. This is currently occurring. However, most of these efforts are still based on the critique of Western centrism and its universalist claims. 

Instead of adding another layer of critique to Western and northern intellectual domination and epistemological hegemony, Decolonizing the Classics actively inserts non-Western voices from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific into the canon of classic and seminal works currently taught around the globe.

5 Series Titles

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Region, Race, and Class in the Making of Colombia

Region, Race, and Class in the Making of Colombia

1st Edition

By Alfonso Múnera
August 18, 2023

This pioneering translation of Alfonso Múnera’s seminal work El fracaso de la nación presents a new interpretation and innovative perspective on canonical Colombian history and the failure of the Colombian nation to English-speaking readers. Mainstream historiography depicts Colombian independence ...

Gustavo Esteva A Critique of Development and other essays

Gustavo Esteva: A Critique of Development and other essays

1st Edition

By Gustavo Esteva
August 31, 2022

In his reflections on decolonization and post-development, Gustavo Esteva forged a unique synthesis of critical theory and political economy. This book presents more than half a century of "reflection in action" in the form of essays, books, and interventions in national and international forums ...

The Critique of Coloniality Eight Essays

The Critique of Coloniality: Eight Essays

1st Edition

By Rita Segato
March 31, 2022

This translation of Rita Segato’s seminal book La crítica de la colonialidad en ocho ensayos offers an anthropological and critical perspective on the coloniality of power as theorized by the Peruvian thinker Aníbal Quijano. Segato begins with an overview of Quijano’s conceptual framework, ...

Colonial Slavery An Abridged Translation

Colonial Slavery: An Abridged Translation

1st Edition

Edited By Bernd Reiter, Jacob Gorender
March 01, 2022

Jacob Gorender's (1923–2013) 1978 book, Colonial Slavery (O Escravismo Colonial), comes alive for English language readers thanks to Bernd Reiter and Alejandro Reyes's brilliant translation. Gorender argued that slave-holding societies produced an economic system sui generis, not fitting into any ...

Changó, Decolonizing the African Diaspora

Changó, Decolonizing the African Diaspora

1st Edition

By Manuel Zapata Olivella
September 30, 2021

The crowning achievement of Afro-Colombian author Manuel Zapata Olivella, Changó, Decolonizing the African Diaspora depicts the African American experience from a perspective of gods who stand over the world and watch. The centennial anniversary release of this ground-breaking postcolonial text ...

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