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 Dr. Rolando Vázquez

Why I work at UCR? UCR is a fantastic place for a teacher that praises openness, justice and critical thought. It provides the ideal environment to perform creative teaching and open up the perspectives of the students into the broader world. As a teacher I can say that the highest reward of working at UCR is to see the level of engagement and commitment of UCR students. 
What’s interesting about my discipline? The study of global sociology gives researchers and students alike the opportunity to see how our daily life is implicated with broader social problems. In particular sociology at UCR puts a great emphasis in understanding problems of global social justice that we are facing today, both in the consumer societies of the global north as in the global south.

Rolando Vázquez is associate professor of Sociology at University College Roosevelt and affiliated researcher at the research institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Utrecht. He coordinates the Decolonial Summer School at UCR together with Walter Mignolo for the last eight Years. He has been engaged with the movement of Decolonial Aesthesis. He curated the workshop: 'Staging the End of the Contemporary' for MaerzMusik at the Berliner Festspiele in 2017. He co-authored the report of the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam in 2016. Through his work he seeks to develop practices of thinking and learning that transgress the dominant frameworks of contemporaneity, heteronormativity and coloniality. His research on the question of precedence and relational temporalities seeks to overcome the western critique of modernity and contribute to the ongoing efforts to decolonize knowledge, aesthetics and subjectivity.

Recent publications
  • Vazquez, Rolando (2017), Precedence, Earth and the Anthropocene: Decolonizing Design. Design Philosophy Papers, DOI: 10.1080/14487136.2017.1303130
  • Mignolo, Walter and Vazquez, Rolando (2017), Pedagogía y (de)colonialidad, in Walsh, Catherine (ed.), Pedagogías Decoloniales, Prácticas insurgentes de resistir, (re)existir y (re)vivir, Quito-Ecuador: Ediciones Abya-Yala.
  • Ansems de Vries, Leonie, Coleman, Lara Montesinos, Rosenow, Doerthe, Tazzioli, Martina and Vázquez, Rolando (2017) Fracturing politics (or, how to avoid the tacit reproduction of modern/colonial ontologies in critical thought). International Political Sociology, 0, 1-19.
  • Chavez, Daniel B. and Vázquez, Rolando, (2017) Precedence, Trans*, and the Decolonial. Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities special issue “Tranimacies: Intimate Links between Animal and Trans* Studies.” 22.2 (June). (Accepted)
  • Wekker, Gloria; Icaza, Rosalba; Jansen, Hans;  Slootman, Marieke and  Vázquez, Rolando; et al. (2016) Let's do Diversity: Report of the Diversity Comission University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam: Ipskamp Printing.
  • Castillo Guerra, Jorge and Vazquez,  Rolando (eds), (2016) Conocimiento y Espiritualidad, Propuestas para una justicia posible, Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz
  • Icaza, Rosalba and Vázquez, Rolando (2016), The Coloniality of Gender as a Radical Critique of Developmentalism, in Harcourt, Wendy (ed) 'The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Development', London: Palgrave.
  • Vázquez, Rolando and Barrerra, Miriam 2016, Aesthesis Decolonial y los Tiempos Relacionales, Calle 14.
  • Vázquez, Rolando (2015), Decolonial Practices of Learning, Going Glocal in Higher Education: The theory, Teaching and Measurement of Global Citizenship, Friedman, J. Haverkate, V, Oomen, B. Park, E. and Sklad, M. (Eds)., Middelburg, de Drukkery.
  • Vázquez Melken, Rolando (2015), Aesthesis décoloniales et temps relationnels, entretien avec Rolando Vázquez par Miriam Barrera', in Walter D. Mignolo 'La Désobéissance Épistémique, Rhétorique de la modernitée, Logique de la colonialitée et grammaire de la décolonialité', Brussels, P.I.E. Peter Lang, 175-185.
  • Vazquez, R. (2014). Olvido y relacionalidad, in Fornet-Betancourt, Raúl (Ed.), Justice, Knowledge and Spirituality, Denktraditionen im Dialog: Studien zur Befreiung und InterkulturalitDenktraditionen im Dialog: Studien zur Befreiung und Interkulturalitat Band 38, Wissenschaftsverlag: Mainz, pp 91-100.
  • Vázquez, Rolando (2014) 'Liberación y Decolonialidad' in Agenda Latinoamericana.
  • Mignolo, Walter and Vázquez, Rolando 2013, 'Decolonial AestheSis: Colonial Wounds/Decolonial Healings' , Social Text: Periscope.
  • Mignolo, Walter and Vázquez, Rolando 2013, 'The Decolonial AestheSis Dossier' ,Social Text: Periscope.
  • Mignolo, Walter and Vázquez, Rolando 2013 (Guest Editors), Special Issue on 'Decolonial AestheSis', Social Text: Periscope.
  • Icaza, Rosalba and Vázquez, Rolando 2013, 'Social Struggles as Epistemic Struggles', Development and Change, 44: 3 pp 683-704.

  • Vázquez, Rolando 2012 'Thoughts on the Coloniality of Discourse', Personality Culture Society 4:75/76 pp 65-71.

  • Vázquez, Rolando 2012 'Towards a Decolonial Critique of Modernity Buen Vivir, Relationality and the Task of Listening', in Raúl Fornet-Betancourt (ed.) Capital, Poverty, Development, Denktraditionen im Dialog Vol 33, Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz: Aachen pp 241‐252.

  • Vázquez, Rolando 2011, ‘Translation as Erasure: Thoughts on Modernity's Epistemic Violence', Journal of Historical Sociology, volume 24, issue 1, March 2011.

  • Vázquez, Rolando 2010, ‘Modernity, the Greates Show on Earth: Thoughts on visibility', borderlands e-journal, volume 9, issue 2. Available at:

  • Vázquez, Rolando 2010, ‘Commodity Display and the Phantasmagoria of Modernity: exploring Walter Benjamin's Critique of History’ in Pusca, Anca (ed), Walter Benjamin: Aesthetics of Change, London: Palgrave.

  • Vázquez, Rolando 2010, ‘(re)imagining Gothenburg: critical photography in Holgersson’, Helena, Catharina Thörn, Håkan Thörn and Mattias Wahlström (eds.) (Re)searching Gothenburg. Gothenburg, Sweden: Glänta.

  • Vázquez, Rolando 2010, ‘Questioning Presence: The Survival of the Past in Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt’, Concordia, International Journal of Philosophy, Aachen, Germany: Wissenschaftsverlag.

  • Vázquez, Rolando 2009, ‘Modernity Coloniality and Visibility: The Politics of Time’, Sociological Research Online, volume 14, issue 4. Available at:

  • Vázquez, Rolando 2009, ‘On visual modernity and poetic critique, between Octavio Paz and Walter Benjamin’ in Kozlarek, Oliver (ed), Octavio Paz: Humanism and Critique, Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.

  • Vázquez, Rolando with Jackie Smith, Marina Karides, et. al. 2008, Global Democracy and the World Social Forums, Paradigm Publishers. Second Edition.



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