Decolonial and Postcolonial Perspectives
Decolonial research approaches run transversally through research and teaching in our field, whereby it is not only a methodological approach, but above all an epistemological one: to look at knowledge production from a Latin American perspective.
In the methodological understanding, it is important for us to deconstruct the idea of a colonial Other, which is still present in everyday discourses and also research, and to understand the people -formerly informants-, who make our research possible in the first place, as equal producers of knowledge.
Epistemologically, our research is informed by authors such as María Lugones, Ánibal Quijano or Walter Mignolo, in order to systematically approach current social, economic and ecological crises through - and via - a reflection of the colonial context. Thus, we also understand decolonial and feminist approaches as inherently interwoven epistemologies for decoding power structures.