The International Institute for Scientific Research is setting up a research network to develop the theoretical framework for Decolonizing The Mind (DTM).
The aims of the research network are:
- The development of an international infrastructure for the production and dissemination of decolonial knowledge: publishing house for books on DTM, summer schools, conferences, lectures, debates etc.
- The development of a coherent research program to produce decolonial knowlegde on a systematic basis.
- The translation of decolonial knowledge in policies for social movements.
- The translation of knowledge production in textbooks and guides for the formal and informal educational system.
DTM has three lines of work:
- A critique of how the legacy of colonialism is manifested in scientific colonialism. Scientific colonialism is the branch of ideology that presents colonial views as science.
- An alternative analysis of scientific colonialism that is rooted in the experiences of the colonized people.
- A translation of decolonial knowledge into policies for change and the struggle against the legacy of colonialism.
DTM analyses colonialism and its legacy as a system of exploitation and oppression with five dimensions:
Geography: the rise of a global system where nations, states and people have been dislocated and rearranged in the global space.
Economy: the creation of a capitalist world economy in which the economic system of the colonized world creates wealth for the world of the colonizer.
Social relations: the use of color, race, gender and ethnicity as organizing principles of social relations and the organization of a social stratum of collaborators to ensure western domination.
Politics: the political and administrative control of the colonized world through direct and indirect mechanisms.
Cultural and mental life: the creation of mechanisms of colonizing the mind in religion, education and culture.
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