viernes, 5 de noviembre de 2010
Biographical Presentation (English)
Catherine Walsh is a militant intellectual long involved in the processes and struggles for justice and social transformation, first in the United States (where she had the opportunity, among other activities, to work alongside community activists and with Paulo Freire), and, in the last more than 20 years, in Abya Yala (Latin America) and Ecuador where she has accompanied the struggles and processes of indigenous and Afro-descendant social movements. She is currently a senior professor and founding director of the doctoral program in Latin America (Inter)Cultural Studies at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Ecuador, a program/project now in its fourth generation focused on the intertwine of culture, politics, economy, social struggle, and critical thought and directed toward socially committed intellectuals from Andean and South America. For 10 years she was also the coordinator of the Afro-Andean Archive and Documentary Center and presently coordinates the Afro-Andean Catedra or Chair.
Catherine´s work has been principally focused in the political, epistemic, ethical, and existence-based project of critical interculturality and decoloniality, taking as key themes the geopolitics of knowledge, ancestrality and life and existence based philosophies, education, law, the re-founding of state, decolonial pedagogies and thought, and struggles related to the idea of gender, and the rights of nature. She is most especially interested today in the decolonial “how” and the concrete practices of an “otherwise”. She is part of the modernity/(de)coloniality working group.
Catherine has collaborated throughout the Americas with a number of collectives struggling for social justice and decolonization, was an advisor to Ecuador´s 2007-2008 Constitutional Assembly on issues of Afro-Ecuadorian rights and the Intercultural and Plurinational State, and has worked collaboratively with several alternative local governments. In 2010, she was awarded the Illescas Gold Prize (a prize named after the first cimarrón or maroon in Ecuador, Alonso Illescas) by Afro-Ecuadorian organizations and the State Office of Collective Peoples for her academic contribution and for her leadership in the Afro-Andean Archive and Documentary Center. In December 2014, she was invited by the Subcomandantes Marcos and Moises to participate as a first grade student in the Zapatista “Little School” and its course: “Freedom according to the Zapatistas: Autonomous Government.”
Her extensive list of publications includes books, chapters, and articles published in various continents and various languages. She has been an invited professor and speaker in, among other countries, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, México, Peru, Venezuela, and distinct nations of the Caribbean, as well as in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In 2011, Catherine received the distinction of Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Duke University and since 2012 has spent a semester a year as an invited professor in Spanish and Latin American Studies in Duke´s Department of Romance Studies. In 2013 and 2014 she was recognized as among the top 5% of faculty for her undergraduate teaching at Duke. She is a founding member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of "Global Critical Caribbean Thought," of the Caribbean Philosophical Association and Rowman & Littlefield International Publishers, membre of the board of the Fausto Reinaga Foundation (Bolivia) and co-editor (with Walter Mignolo) of the new Duke Press' book series "On Decoloniality."