A profession of faith, intersectional decoloniality, and beyond
In Chapter Six, I examine the work of Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui to propose a way of thinking, being, and enacting the problem of difference. Rivera takes into account Indianista insights and she moves beyond the limitation of post-structuralism, while also critiquing colonial projects. In her construction, Rivera begins from an Aymara cosmology that entails a relational perspective, but instead of falling into the generalization of deconstruction, the author creates a “profession of faith.” Here, the “profession of faith” prioritizes the voices of “others” that confront the epistemic privilege of universalization and the oppression that unfolds from it, but this boundary does not assume the “reality,” epistemic certainty, or philosophical perfection of other understandings of the problem of difference. Instead, Rivera sustains a cosmological abyss that demands constant reflexivity and problematization. Hence, the form of decolonial praxis that Rivera constructs includes a different kind of boundary and epistemic stance. Additionally, Rivera uses this strategy to emphasize multiple moments of confrontation against different kinds of colonial wounds. This creates a dynamic, circular, bottom up, and intersectional form of praxis, which views different ways of knowing, being, and enacting as the moments that denounce suffering and create other kinds of agency simultaneously.