National Call for Decolonial Research in Venezuela

On August 10th, the Minister of Science and Technology of Venezuela, Gabriela Jimenez, launched a national call for projects on reparations for the afrodescendent people of Venezuela. The lines of research were the collective product of a workshop held during the Second International Seminar on Reparations for Slavery and Colonization organized by the Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity Amongst the Peoples (ISB) and the Center for the Study of Social Transformations of the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (CETS-IVIC). The lectures are on YouTube.

Sandew Hira, secretary of the DIN Foundation gave two lectures. This is his first lecture and this is the second one.

The call is only for people living in Venezuela.

The proposals submitted to this call should focus on one or some of the following lines of research:

  1. Pluri-intercultural decolonizing education and insurgent stories from Our America, from the Afro-descendant liberating perspective.
  2. Social construction of Afro-Latin American identities and coloniality of power, knowledge and being.
  3. National identities, historical awareness and racism.
  4. Cultural and psychosocial devices that legitimize the enslavement and colonization of Afro-Latin American peoples.
  5. Afro-descendant intercultural health.
  6. Gender and women: reproduction and communal production of Afro-descendant peoples.
  7. Afrodiasporic epistemologies for the deconstruction of patriarchy and the relations of domination.
  8. Territorial reparations of the Afro-descendant peoples: land, territory, territoriality, cumbe-commune and emblematic case studies in Venezuela.
  9. Socio-environmental and bioregional reparations of the patterns and systems of colonial domination of socio-territorial organization.
  10. Reparative justice for violence and racial discrimination in access to justice and State racism from an intersectional approach with focal subjects (girls, boys, adolescents, masculinities and femininities).
  11. Afro-diasporic reparative justice in national and international legislative frameworks based on the approach of Afro-descendant own law of legal pluralism as part of the Sixth Region.
  12. Afro-diversity, Afro-descendant identities and self-recognition.
  13. Reparations regarding manifestations and collective practices of the spiritualities, memories and epistemes of the African diaspora and of their descendants.
  14. Deconstruction of the colonial aesthetics and ethics of gender and of the imaginaries and sociocultural representations of beauty.
  15. Afropolitics and afroutopias: constitutional recognition and constituent processes.
  16. Reparations and sovereignty in matters of the right to intercultural, collective, physical and mental health of Afro-descendants based on the “well living” concept.
  17. Reparation in terms of socio-productive systems, landscapes and food sovereignty of Afro-descendants.
  18. Rights and implementation of communication policies to achieve the reparations for the crimes of slavery and colonization.
  19. Reparations of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Afro-descendants and their representations and imaginaries.