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Decolonising Law Workshop with Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Add to calendar 2022-03-17 15:00 2022-03-17 17:00 Europe/Rome Decolonising Law Workshop with Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos Sala del Consiglio and Zoom YYYY-MM-DD


17 March 2022

15:00 - 17:00 CET


Sala del Consiglio and Zoom

The EUI Decolonising Initiative invites researchers and professors to join its next event featuring a presentation and discussion with Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos.

After a short presentation by Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos, participants will be invited to present their own work for not more than five minutes and receive his feedback on their project through a decolonial prism. It is also possible to attend without presenting. Relevant material will be circulated upon registration.

To improve the quality of the discussion and enable organisers to plan in advance, we kindly ask you to indicate whether you would like to present your work by dropping a line to [email protected] before Wednesday 9 March. The nine available slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

About the speaker

Dr Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Director of the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology and social movements, in several languages. He is one of the most important academics and researchers in legal sociology worldwide. Dr Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ greatest contribution to social theory is in recognising plural epistemologies, systems and ways of knowing, that are generally discredited, erased, and ignored by dominant cultures of the global North. He is the author of numerous monographs, such as The Pluriverse of Human Rights: The Diversity of Struggles for Dignity (Ed. with Bruno Sena Martins) (Routledge, 2021); Decolonising the University: The Challenge of Deep Cognitive Justice. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021); Toward a New Legal Common Sense. Law, Globalisation, and Emancipation. Third edition (Cambridge University Press, 2020); The End of the Cognitive Empire: The Coming of Age of Epistemologies of the South. Durham and London: Duke University Press (2018); Epistemologies of the South: Justice against Epistemicide. Paradigm Publishers, 2014. 

Please note that the next session of the Uprooting Eurocentrism Reading Group will take place on 7 March, 10-11.30 AM on Zoom. The session will discuss "The End of the Cognitive Empire" by our invitee, Boaventura de Sousa Santos. Participants are invited to bring their comments and questions about the text to the group discussion.

Note that the event will be held in hybrid mode. While we will do our best to welcome as many as we can in person, we will prioritise people presenting if needed.


Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Scientific Organiser(s):

Justine Muller (EUI - LAW Department)

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