Nelson Maldonado-Torres

Nelson Maldonado-Torres
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey | Rutgers · Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies

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Against the backdrop of the global pandemic, which has deepened existing global struggles against coloniality and racist, heteropatriarchal, and capitalist social formations, this special issue focuses on Fanon, Southern Theory, and Psychoanalysis: Dialogues on Race, Gender, and Sexuality. In dialogue with the work of Frantz Fanon—a key figure in t...
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Coloniality continues to invade the psychomaterial lives of the condemned. Invoking psychoanalysis and phenomenology to engage with modern psychopathologies and race, gender, and sexuality, Fanon developed seminal ideas on social suffering in the context of colonial violence on psychic life. In reading Fanon, we discern two challenges: the decoloni...
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Este artículo explora la relevancia del Caribe para entender la colonialidad, la decolonialidad, y el giro decolonial. Confronta y comienza a corregir los efectos de cierto latinoamericano-centrismo en las formas usuales de entender el giro decolonial en América Latina, el Caribe mismo, y otras regiones. Se identifican tres sentidos distintos del g...
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"In this essay, Nelson Maldonado-Torres traces the emergence of the category of religion from out of the conditions of modernity/coloniality and reflects on the unique challenges and potentialities that the discipline of religious studies offers for constructing a decolonial project." Available at: https://contendingmodernities.nd.edu/theorizing-mo...
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"In this final installment for the Ethnic Studies Rise roundtable, Nelson Maldonado-Torres (Rutgers U and Fanon Foundation) and Yomaira Figueroa-Vásquez (Michigan State University) situate Ethnic Studies in longer histories of struggle for justice in and outside of the U.S. academy, and against the white supremacy and Eurocentrism of the modern uni...
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Journal of Global World Literature 13 (2019): 236-252. http://www.globalliterature.org/subpage.php?p=m51
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The decolonization of knowledge entails various forms of transdisciplinarity, but not all forms of transdisciplinarity are decolonial. This article offers an analysis of decolonial transdisciplinarity in relation to the European sciences, its disciplines, and its methods. It identifies a “secular line,” which combines with a “color line” to define...
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En este capítulo se presenta la filosofía de la liberación de Enrique Dussel como una expresión del "giro decolonial" y del proyecto incompleto de la descolonización. En esto se diferencia de otros proyectos filosóficos como el de Jürgen Habermas, el cual es parte de un giro lingüistico/comunicativo y en parte pragmático que, en el caso de Habermas...
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In Religion, Theory, Critique: Classic and Contemporary Approaches. Edited by Richard King. New York, Columbia University Press, 2017. 547-554.
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This article explores critical directions for forging new disciplinary traditions within community psychology, as discussed by a panel at the conclusion of the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology (ICCP 2016). The conference itself was constructed as an enactment of a decolonizing approach, looking at the entire globalized system fr...
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Frantz Fanon, one of the foremost theoreticians of racism, colonization, and decolonization was a psychiatrist by training who wrote about psychology, social theory, and philosophy, among other areas. In his “work in psychology” Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon declares that he will “leave methods to the botanists and mathematicians.” In the face of...
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The universality of human rights is delimited by what is considered to effectively constitute the state of being human in the first place. In addition to a secular-line that separated the divine from the human, the hegemonic modern Western concept of the human emerged in relation to an onto-Manichean colonial line that often makes human rights disc...
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A DECOLONIAL TURN FOR AFRICA - Empire, Global Coloniality and African Subjectivity. By Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni . New York: Berghahn Books, 2013. Pp. xiii + 272. $90/£50, hardback (ISBN 978-0-85745-951-0). - Volume 57 Issue 3 - NELSON MALDONADO-TORRES
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While interdisciplinary academic spaces have slowly but gradually spread through the Western academy, their status is far from clear. They are often located within existing structures that limit their scope. This is particularly true of spaces that not only engage in interdisciplinary work, but that also seek to break with forms of epistemic racism...
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In approaching the meaning and significance of concepts such as colonization, dependency, internal colonialism, and decoloniality in Latin America, it is convenient to identify certain key periods. The first key period is that of “discovery” and colonization (fifteenth-sixteenth centuries), which saw the emergence of a philosophy of colonization an...
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The concept of religion as an anthropological category and the idea of race as an organizing principle of human identification and social organization played a major role in the formation of modern/colonial systems of symbolic representation that acquired global significance with the expansion of Western modernity. The modern concepts of religion a...
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This article explores the entanglements between the emergence of the anthropological conception of religion and the logic of race in the modern/colonial world. This entanglement is also one between traditional religious categories such as Christian, Muslim, and Jew, and modern ethno-racial designations such as white, indigenous, and black that poin...
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This paper is a decolonial intervention in the crisis of the Humanities today. It shows the colonial limits of its scope and the challenges posed by subaltern subjects and knowledges to its future. The essay is rich in examples of how the Westernized University works to reduce or neutralize the impact of Ethnic Studies and other forms of subaltern...
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It is no secret that Levinas’s work acquired particular value in the global North as a way to infuse poststructuralism and deconstruction with a seemingly irrefutable ethical character in the face of the also irrefutable continued violence, domination, and exploitation that raised questions about the power and reach of poststructuralist and postmod...
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In an explication of what he calls “postcontinental philosophy,” Nelson Maldonado-Torres's essay connects Frantz Fanon's view of subjectivity and his Caribbean migrant imaginary with that of Gloria Anzaldúa's borderlands, a spatial reference that informs her views on subjectivity and knowledge. The author sees Fanon's view of self, constituted by “...
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Maldonado-Torres identifies and analyses key elements in the methodology of David Theo Goldberg's The Threat of Race, highlighting its relevance for ethnic studies, area studies and postcolonial studies generally, and for the study of race and ethnicity specifically. He focuses on Goldberg's conceptualization of the history or the time of race, as...
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It is fairly evident today that the modern Western theory of religion has been intimately connected with the critique or defense of Christianity in a context imperialism and increased secularism. Most analyses have focused on the tensions between Christianity and secular ideas, while a critique of the workings of the theory of religion in relation...
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Este artículo delinea dos asuntos relativos a la descolonización del ser y del saber. El primero versa sobre la vigencia actual de la descolonización, y el segundo sobre la idea de un giro des-colonial. Este segundo tema conlleva la discusión acerca de la idea de descolonización, cuyo origen se encuentra en el horror ante el «mundo de la muerte» cr...
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Este artículo analiza las marchas multitudinarias de inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos durante los meses de marzo, abril y mayo de 2006 en los Estados Unidos. Estas marchas fueron las más grandes en la historia estadounidense con la participación de millones de personas, la mayoría latinos, en más de 100 ciudades norteamericanas. El artículo hace u...
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This article analyzes the marches in which multitudes of immigrants participated in the United States during March, April and May of 2006. These marches were the largest in the history of the United States, with the participation of millions of people, mostly Latinos, in more than 100 North American cities. The article conducts an analysis of the v...
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This article outlines two issues related to the decolonialization of the being and of knowledge. The first topic deals with the current validity of decolonialization, and the second one with the idea of a decolonial turn. This second topic entails the discussion about the idea of decolonialization, whose origin can be found within the horror facing...
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O ensaio examina a articulação entre raça e espaço na obra de vários pensadores europeus. Centrando-se no projecto de Martin Heidegger de procurar no Ocidente as raízes, denuncia a cumplicidade desse projecto com uma visão cartográfica imperial que cria e separa as cidades dos deuses e as cidades dos danados. O autor identifica concepções análogas...
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El «hombre europeo» esa figura conquistadora primero, y progresista y transformadora después, que se tornó lánguida a final del siglo XIX y medio compungida en el XX, sin que tal transformación indicara un cuestionamiento realmente radical de sus tendencias violentas e imperialistas, se balancea hoy día entre un afán de reconocimiento ante la nació...
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Black Puerto Rican Identity and Religious Experience is the most recent publication in the series "New Directions in Puerto Rican Studies" by the University Press of Florida. It is the first one that focuses on blackness and religion in the island. The book's central contribution to Afro-Puerto Rican and religious studies is to provide a detailed e...
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Aime Cesaire's Discourse on Colonialism is central to the project of decoloniality. It is a critical reflection on the European civilization project that gives expression to the disenchantment with European modernity that began to be felt in many places after the Second World War. This essay describes the overcoming of Cartesian reason through the...
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Intentaré delinear dos asuntos en este trabajo. El primero versa sobre la vigencia actual de la descolonización, y el segundo sobre la idea de un giro des-colonial. Este segundo tema conlleva discusión acerca de la idea de descolonización, cuyo origen se encuentra en el horror ante el “mundo de la muerte” creado por la colonización. Ese escándalo u...
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This essay examines the relationship between Americanism, the distinctive ideology of the U.S. American empire, and the predominant discourse in the age of its war on terror, and Eurocentrism, its competing ideology but nonetheless also its ally in defending the West against different "barbarian" threats. It characterizes them as two different form...
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This essay by Nelson Maldonado-Torres examines the conjunction of race and space in the work of several European thinkers. It focuses on Martin Heidegger's project of Searching for roots in the West. This project of searching for roots is unmasked as being complicit with an imperial cartographical vision that creates and divides the cities of the g...
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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Nepantla: Views from South 4.3 (2003) 561-565 In her interviews with Juan Flores, Paget Henry, and Lewis Gordon, published in Nepantla 4.1, Linda Martín Alcoff, a Latina feminist epistemologist and social critic, takes us beyond the tedious Eurocentric debate between analytic and cont...
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This article aims to "unthink" influential philosophical articulations of the crisis of Europe in order to articulate a non-Eurocentric epistemological position that aims to give a consistent expression to the interrelational approach of world-systems analysis. This alternative epistemology demands and foments a postimperial utopia and requires no...
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This article outlines two issues related to the decolonialization of the being and of knowledge. The first topic deals with the current validity of decolonialization, and the second one with the idea of a decolonial turn. This second topic entails the discussion about the idea of decolonialization, whose origin can be found within the horror facing...
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This essay by Nelson Maldonado-Torres examines the conjunction of race and space in the work of several European thinkers. It focuses on Martin Heidegger's project of Searching for roots in the West. This project of searching for roots is unmasked as being complicit with an imperial cartographical vision that creates and divides the cities of the g...
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This essay explores critical accounts of modern rationality and efforts to articulate a conception of reason that is tied to the idea of decolonization as project. It focuses on the work of two of the most widely known and influential Caribbean theorists: the Martiniquean psychiatrist and revolutionary Frantz Fanon and the Trinidadean Marxist C.L.R...
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It is no accident that the global geographical framework in use today is essentially a cartographic celebration of European power. After centuries of imperialism, the presumptions of a worldview of a once-dominant metropole has become part of the intellectual furniture of the world…. Metageography matters, and the attempt to engage it critically ha...

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