The westernized university is a site where the production of knowledge is embedded in Eurocentric epistemologies that are posited as objective, disembodied and universal and in which non-Eurocentric knowledges, such as black and indigenous ones, are largely marginalized or dismissed. Consequently, it is an institution that produces racism, sexism and epistemic violence. While this is increasingly being challenged by student activists and some faculty, the westernized university continues to engage in diversity and internationalization initiatives that reproduce structural disadvantages and to work within neoliberal agendas that are incompatible with decolonization.

This book draws on decolonial theory to explore the ways in which Eurocentrism in the westernized university is both reproduced and unsettled. It outlines some of the challenges that accompany the decolonization of teaching, learning, research and policy, as well as providing examples of successful decolonial moments and processes. It draws on examples from universities in Europe, New Zealand and the Americas.

This book represents a highly timely contribution from both early career and established thinkers in the field. Its themes will be of interest to student activists and to academics and scholars who are seeking to decolonize their research and teaching. It constitutes a decolonizing intervention into the crisis in which the westernized university finds itself.

chapter 1|22 pages


Coloniality resurgent, coloniality interrupted
ByJulie Cupples

chapter 2|19 pages

The University as Branch Plant Industry

ByLou Dear

chapter 3|14 pages

The White University

A platform of subjectification/subjugation
ByLucas Van Milders

chapter 4|17 pages

Can the Master's Tools Dismantle the Master's Lodge?

Negotiating postcoloniality in the neoliberal university
ByLili Schwoerer

chapter 5|14 pages

Black Studies in the Westernized University

The interdisciplines and the elision of political economy
ByCharisse Burden-Stelly

chapter 6|13 pages

Black Feminist Contributions to Decolonizing the Curriculum

ByFrancesca Sobande

chapter 8|15 pages

Planetary Urbanization and Postcolonial Geographies

What directions for critical urban theory?
BySimone Vegliò

chapter 9|14 pages

Decolonizing Legal Studies

A Latin Americanist perspective
ByAitor Jimenez González

chapter 10|11 pages

The Challenges of Being Mapuche at University

ByDenisse Sepúlveda Sánchez

chapter 11|15 pages

Learning from Mayan Feminists' Interpretations of Buen Vivir

ByJohanna Bergström

chapter 12|16 pages

Other Knowledges, Other Interculturalities

The colonial difference in intercultural dialogue
ByRobert Aman

chapter 14|17 pages

Surpassing Epistemic Hierarchies

A dialogue between expanded art practices and human scale development
ByMaricely Corzo Morales

chapter 15|14 pages

"Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité"

Debunking the myth of egalitarianism in French education
ByOlivette Otele

chapter 17|16 pages

Beyond the Westernized University

Eurocentrism and international high school curricula
ByMarcin B. Stanek

chapter 18|10 pages

What Is Racism?

Zone of being and zone of non-being in the work of Frantz Fanon and Boaventura de Sousa Santos
ByRamón Grosfoguel, Jordan Rodriguez