Against the Episteme of Domination and the Coloniality of Reality: Andean Formations of Subversive Subjectivities, Dissident Knowledges and Rebel Realities

  • Anders BurmanEmail author


Burman offers an ethnographically oriented and theoretically informed view on knowledge and knowledge production in the Bolivian Andes as he learns from indigenous Aymara activists and ritual specialists about widening the epistemic community, so that other-than-human persons are included in the social interaction that engenders knowledge. This is a process not only of epistemological disobedience—i.e., the generation of knowledges otherwise—but also of ontological disobedience—i.e., the generation of worlds otherwise—and it thereby constitutes a challenge not only to the colonial episteme of domination but also to “the coloniality of reality”—i.e., the dynamics by which certain realities are delegitimized while a dominant reality is naturalized and reproduced. Ontological disobedience is about the generation of subversive subjectivities, dissident knowledges and rebel realities.


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  1. 1.University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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