Symposium on Decolonial Aesthetics from the Americas

October 10-12, 2013 at  University of Toronto, Hart House, Toronto, Canada

Programme and Participants

The Symposium on Decolonial Aesthetics From The Americas will host diverse artists and scholars of the Americas and the Caribbean. Featuring papers, workshops and performances, the symposium will provide an unparalleled opportunity to engage the diversity of contemporary aesthetic practices informed by decolonial thought. We are pleased to announce the preliminary programme and participants.

– Keynote Lecture: Dr. Walter MIGNOLO / Duke University: Thursday, October 10th
– Keynote Performance: Rebecca BELMORE : Saturday, October 12th


Each Conversatorio or conversational panels will feature three or four people who will deliver a presentation that will serve to engage the audience in a collective dialogue. The presenters will have a space previous to the panel in which they can exchange their views in order to structure their participation as a conversation. The Conversational panel’s layout will be circular, allowing a relation that isn’t based on hierarchical structures, implying the acknowledgement and recognition of what is expressed by every subject.

– Decolonial Practices: Rebecca Belmore, Paul Vanouse, Walter Mignolo
– Decoloniality and Art Spaces: Wanda Nanibush, Susan Douglas, Pedro Lasch, Dannys Montes de Oca
– Colonial and Decolonial Landscapes: Berlin Reed, Pat Badani, Ron Benner, Dalida Benfield
– Transcultural Alignments: Christian Chapman and Damien Lee, Emelie Chhangur, Gita Hashemi
– Performing Politics: Miguel Rojas Sotelo, Julie Nagam, Leah Decter and Carla Taunton
– Senses and Affect: Indigenous epistemologies: David Garneau, Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet, Ruby Arngna’naaq
– Futurity, Utopia: Rinaldo Walcott, Alejandro Campos, Katherine McKittrick
– Canadian Art Practices: Dot Tuer, Gordon Ingram, Eugenia Kisin

WORKSHOPS (enter here for more information)

Friday, October 11, 8:30am-11:30am

– Decoloniality and the Shifting the Geopolitical of Reasoning
Walter Mignolo, Dalida María Benfield, Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet – Duke University (Duration: 3 hours)

– Indigenous/Settler Engagement: Dialogic Conversations on Writing the Land
Mimi Gellman & Barbara Meneley (Duration: 3 hours)

Saturday, October 12, 8:30am-11:30am

– The Sovereignty of Indigenous Aesthetics
Prof. Dylan A.T. Miner, Michigan State University (Duration: 3 hours)

– Decolonized Cosmopolitanism: The visualities of Havana 1959-1968
Susan Lord, Dannys Montes de Oca, Victor Fowler Calzada (Duration: 3 hours)


The worktable is a model that will include several facilitators along with registered audience members in a roundtable setting. Throughout the 3 days of the symposium the worktables will meet to discuss questions relevant to the participants’ practice in relation to the theme of decolonial aesthetics. At the end of the symposium they will be given the opportunity to present a summary of their findings and questions to a larger audience. Registration for worktables beginns on September 15.
More information to come.

Natalyn Tremblay and Samantha Galarza
The Wind in the Leaves Collective


Conferences and worktables:
Regular $80
Student/Retired/Underemployed $50

Workshop Registration: $15 additional to the symposium registration fee

Registration to the symposium includes a one year subscritption to FUSEMagazine, as well as the special issue on decolonial thought.

If your financial situation prevents you from paying the established fee, please contact the organizers for further arrangements.

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For more information, please contact: Maria Alejandrina Coates or Julieta Maria |    |