Date and Time: Wednesday October 26: 2 PM Amsterdam, 2 PM South Africa, 9 AM Brasilia, 1 PM UK, 5.30 PM New Delhi, 8 AM New York
Speaker: Sandew Hira, penname of Dew Baboeram, is secretary of the Decolonial International Network Foundation (DIN). He studied economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in Holland. He has written 16 books on different topics among them colonial history. His forthcoming book is titled Decolonizing The Mind: A guide to decolonial theory and practice (Amrit Publisher, January 15 2023). His CV is here: https://iisr.nl/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/CV-Sandew-Hira-20200921.pdf.
Moderator: Munyaradzi Mushonga, Global Academic Director of DIN.
On January 15, 2023 Amrit Publishers will publish a special book by Sandew Hira titled “Decolonizing The Mind – A guide to decolonial theory and practice”. This book is special because of different reasons.
First, across the globe there is a rise of a movement inside and outside the academia that labels their narrative as “decolonial”. Academics and activists have made great contributions to decolonial theory and practice that have been incorporated in this book.
Hira’s book is an attempt to bring these contributions together in a comprehensive, coherent and integral theoretical framework. Western Enlightenment has produced two such frameworks: Liberalism and Marxism. A comprehensive, coherent and integral theoretical framework has the following characteristics:
- It is comprehensive because it has produced concepts of how to look at the most important dimensions of a society: a world view, economics, social relations including relations with nature, politics and culture. There are other important aspects of a society, but these dimensions are essential to make a framework comprehensive.
- It is coherent because its concepts don’t contradict each other. They are consistent and logical.
- It is integral because the concepts of the different dimensions are not just lumped together but are related to each other from a basic concept. In Liberalism it is “individual freedom” and in Marxism “class struggle”. In decolonial theory it is mental slavery and decolonizing the mind.
Second, the book is a systematic guide to decolonize the mind. Decolonizing the mind consists of three dimensions:
- The critique of the Western colonization of the mind and thus Eurocentric knowledge production.
- The development of an alternative comprehensive, coherent and integral knowledge production.
- The translation of this new knowledge in viable policies to built a new pluriversal world civilization.
Third, the book appeals both to academics who can use the book as teaching material, but also to activists who are figuring out to build social movements that go beyond the dichotomy of Liberalism and Marxism.
Fourth, the book is part of a greater vision of how produce and transfer decolonial knowledge. It is not only about producing and distributing a book. It is also about linking theoretical concepts with art. An example is the musical documentary produced by Pravini: The Uprising.
And most importantly, the book is the basis for producing decolonial knowledge in the for of sources, summer school, workshops etc.
- Publication date: January 15, 2023
- Price: € 35,00
- ISBN: 978-90-74897-47-1
- Format: A5 (148×210 mm)
- Pages: 600
- The background of the rise of the decolonial movement and theory
- Two Eurocentric philosophies of liberation
- Mental slavery and the colonization of the mind
- Epistemology: The manipulation of the mind through knowledge production
- A decolonial theory of racism
- Decolonizing mathematics and natural sciences
- Decolonizing world history
- Decolonizing economic theory
- Decolonizing social theory
- Decolonizing cultural theory
- Decolonizing political theory
- Imagining a new world civilization