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99 Questions welcomes Boaventura de Sousa Santos with a presentation on the “Decolonizing History”. He will share several theses on this topic. One central statement is that history is not a single narrative about a past, but an entanglement of histories that are linked in a multitude of ways. While a one-sided history with its gaps excludes many perspectives of history, an interconnected history can reveal potential for a shared future.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is a professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He specializes in issues of law and globalisation, epistemologies and human rights. De Sousa Santos combines his academic life with an active political engagement in the World Social Forum.

The event is moderated by Eliza Apperly.


The Epistemologies of the South are a quest for cognitive justice which includes historical justice. Mainstream, conventional history, is the history of the winners. The history of the losers is always made absent by the abyssal line that characterizes mainstream history. As the African proverb goes, history is always told by the hunter, never by the leopard. In my presentation, I will propose an alternative historical paradigm.


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