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r.vazquez@ucr.nl Tel: +31 (0) 118 655 524
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About me

Since 2007 UCR has been my academic home. I coordinate the Sociology Track and have been Diversity Fellow. I direct two exceptional programs, the Going Glocal Mexico and the Decolonial Summer School. The Going Glocal Mexico is our flagship program on Global Citizenship education, it fosters deep intercultural encounters between our students and communities in Mexico. In 2019, the Decolonial Summer School that I coordinate with Prof. Walter Mignolo celebrated its 10th anniversary. Under the direction of Prof. Gloria Wekker, I co-authored the ground breaking report ‘Let’s do Diversity’ at the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam. I am regularly invited to be keynote speaker across the globe. In the last couple of years, I delivered more than 40 keynotes and graduate seminars on decoloniality. My forthcoming book with the Mondriaan Funds ‘The Vistas of Modernity’ focuses on decolonial aesthesis and functions as an archeology of the white gaze.

Recent publications

  • Vazquez, Rolando (2017), Precedence, Earth and the Anthropocene: Decolonizing Design. Design Philosophy Papers, DOI: 10.1080/14487136.2017.1303130
  • Mignolo, Walter and Vazquez, Rolando (2017), Pedagogía y (de)colonialidad, in Walsh, Catherine (ed.), Pedagogías Decoloniales, Prácticas insurgentes de resistir, (re)existir y (re)vivir, Quito-Ecuador: Ediciones Abya-Yala.
  • Ansems de Vries, Leonie, Coleman, Lara Montesinos, Rosenow, Doerthe, Tazzioli, Martina and Vázquez, Rolando (2017) Fracturing politics (or, how to avoid the tacit reproduction of modern/colonial ontologies in critical thought). International Political Sociology, 0, 1-19.
  • Chavez, Daniel B. and Vázquez, Rolando, (2017) Precedence, Trans*, and the Decolonial. Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities special issue “Tranimacies: Intimate Links between Animal and Trans* Studies.” 22.2 (June). (Accepted)
  • Wekker, Gloria; Icaza, Rosalba; Jansen, Hans;  Slootman, Marieke and  Vázquez, Rolando; et al. (2016) Let’s do Diversity: Report of the Diversity Comission University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam: Ipskamp Printing.
  • Castillo Guerra, Jorge and Vazquez,  Rolando (eds), (2016) Conocimiento y Espiritualidad, Propuestas para una justicia posible, Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz
  • Icaza, Rosalba and Vázquez, Rolando (2016), The Coloniality of Gender as a Radical Critique of Developmentalism, in Harcourt, Wendy (ed) ‘The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Development’, London: Palgrave.
  • Vázquez, Rolando and Barrerra, Miriam 2016, Aesthesis Decolonial y los Tiempos Relacionales, Calle 14.
  • Vázquez, Rolando (2015), Decolonial Practices of Learning, Going Glocal in Higher Education: The theory, Teaching and Measurement of Global Citizenship, Friedman, J. Haverkate, V, Oomen, B. Park, E. and Sklad, M. (Eds)., Middelburg, de Drukkery.
  • Vázquez Melken, Rolando (2015), Aesthesis décoloniales et temps relationnels, entretien avec Rolando Vázquez par Miriam Barrera’, in Walter D. Mignolo ‘La Désobéissance Épistémique, Rhétorique de la modernitée, Logique de la colonialitée et grammaire de la décolonialité’, Brussels, P.I.E. Peter Lang, 175-185.
  • Vazquez, R. (2014). Olvido y relacionalidad, in Fornet-Betancourt, Raúl (Ed.), Justice, Knowledge and Spirituality, Denktraditionen im Dialog: Studien zur Befreiung und InterkulturalitDenktraditionen im Dialog: Studien zur Befreiung und Interkulturalitat Band 38, Wissenschaftsverlag: Mainz, pp 91-100.
  • Vázquez, Rolando (2014) ‘Liberación y Decolonialidad’ in Agenda Latinoamericana.
  • Mignolo, Walter and Vázquez, Rolando 2013, ‘Decolonial AestheSis: Colonial Wounds/Decolonial Healings’ , Social Text: Periscope.
  • Mignolo, Walter and Vázquez, Rolando 2013, ‘The Decolonial AestheSis Dossier’ ,Social Text: Periscope.
  • Mignolo, Walter and Vázquez, Rolando 2013 (Guest Editors), Special Issue on ‘Decolonial AestheSis’, Social Text: Periscope.
  • Icaza, Rosalba and Vázquez, Rolando 2013, ‘Social Struggles as Epistemic Struggles’, Development and Change, 44: 3 pp 683-704.
  • Vázquez, Rolando 2012 ‘Thoughts on the Coloniality of Discourse’, Personality Culture Society 4:75/76 pp 65-71.
  • Vázquez, Rolando 2012 ‘Towards a Decolonial Critique of Modernity Buen Vivir, Relationality and the Task of Listening’, in Raúl Fornet-Betancourt (ed.) Capital, Poverty, Development, Denktraditionen im Dialog Vol 33, Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz: Aachen pp 241‐252.
  • Vázquez, Rolando 2011, ‘Translation as Erasure: Thoughts on Modernity’s Epistemic Violence’, Journal of Historical Sociology, volume 24, issue 1, March 2011.
  • Vázquez, Rolando 2010, ‘Modernity, the Greates Show on Earth: Thoughts on visibility’, borderlands e-journal, volume 9, issue 2. Available here.
  • Vázquez, Rolando 2010, ‘Commodity Display and the Phantasmagoria of Modernity: exploring Walter Benjamin’s Critique of History’ in Pusca, Anca (ed), Walter Benjamin: Aesthetics of Change, London: Palgrave.
  • Vázquez, Rolando 2010, ‘(re)imagining Gothenburg: critical photography in Holgersson’, Helena, Catharina Thörn, Håkan Thörn and Mattias Wahlström (eds.) (Re)searching Gothenburg. Gothenburg, Sweden: Glänta.
  • Vázquez, Rolando 2010, ‘Questioning Presence: The Survival of the Past in Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt’, Concordia, International Journal of Philosophy, Aachen, Germany: Wissenschaftsverlag.
  • Vázquez, Rolando 2009, ‘Modernity Coloniality and Visibility: The Politics of Time’, Sociological Research Online, volume 14, issue 4. Available here.
  • Vázquez, Rolando 2009, ‘On visual modernity and poetic critique, between Octavio Paz and Walter Benjamin’ in Kozlarek, Oliver (ed), Octavio Paz: Humanism and Critique, Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.
  • Vázquez, Rolando with Jackie Smith, Marina Karides, et. al. 2008, Global Democracy and the World Social Forums, Paradigm Publishers. Second Edition.