Post-Pandemic Scenarios: A view from the perspective of the epistemologies of the South | 22nd Annual John Ll. J. Edwards Memorial Lecture

When and Where

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm


The recording from the 22nd annual John Ll. J. Edwards Memorial Lecture, delivered by Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos (University of Coimbra), is now available online.

Abstract: I have been arguing in favor of the epistemologies of the south, a new epistemological paradigm aiming at bringing about global cognitive justice (lastly, The End of Cognitive Empire, Duke University Press 2018). In light of this epistemological stance, I identify and evaluate three possible scenarios in the period of intermittent pandemic we are entering now.


Speaker bio:

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University.

He is Director Emeritus of the Center 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, social movements and the World Social Forum.

His most recent project, ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences, was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe.

His most recent books in English are: Decolonising the University: The Challenge of Deep Cognitive Justice. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2021); Toward a New Legal Common Sense. Law, Globalization, and Emancipation (third edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2020); Demodiversity: Toward Post-Abyssal Democracies (Ed. with José Manuel Mendes) New York: Routledge (2020); Knowledges Born in the Struggle. Constructing the Epistemologies of the Global South (Ed. with Maria Paula Meneses). New York: Routledge (2019); The End of the Cognitive Empire: The Coming of Age of Epistemologies of the South. Durham and London: Duke University Press (2018); Decolonising the University: The Challenge of Deep Cognitive Justice. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2017); If God Were a Human Rights Activist. Stanford University Press (2015); Epistemologies of the South: Justice against Epistemicide. Paradigm Publishers (2014).

The annual Edwards Lecture is delivered in honour of the Centre’s founder, Professor John Ll. J. Edwards. The lecture is presented by the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and Woodsworth College, University of Toronto.

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