This course is an introduction to Latin American social Theory. In the last two decades Latin America thought has been the locus of important innovations to understand global reality from a non-eurocentric perspective. In this way this course contributes to expose students to the epistemic diversity of the world.
The participants will also see how different is the social and political landscape in Latin America from the one that prevails in Western Europe and the US. They will be able to address important global social problems in relation to feminism, ethnic and ratial discrimination, social destitution, etc..
Latin American social scientists are unsatisfied with social theories that have emerged in Europe and North America, as these are of little use for explaining social developments in Latin America. Concepts such as 'globalization', 'world economy', 'modernity', 'human rights' and 'power' have come into question in Latin American political and academic practice. Contemporary Latin-American Social Theory e brings to light that there are systems of explanation that seem to be more appropriate for understanding what is happening in Latin America and the World.
The course draws on the material of prominent Latin American social thinkers that have been devoted to the task of building up alternative knowledges, alternative histories and alternative politics. This course on Latin American Social Theory provides different ways of looking at social reality. Thus it is expected that the participants in the group will extend their horizons of thought and enrich their interdisciplinary training.
- Teacher: Rolando Vazquez Melken