A world beyond the colonial epistemology: Writing with engagement

Malcom Ferdinand

Part of the New Vocabularies, New Grammars: Imagining Other Worlds Series

March 11, 2022

Malcom Ferdinand , "A World Beyond the Colonial Epistemology: Writing With Engagement"

Event Description

The New Vocabularies, New Grammars: Imagining Other Worlds series focuses on critics and intellectuals who in their writing and thinking undo the divisions and separations between disciplines and genres, as well as divisions between political action and intellectual engagement. In this practice of border/crossing, new languages and grammars can be imagined to signify other worlds to resist and oppose the imposed violence of colonial epistemes. These scholars, critics, and political actors offer the dynamism of indeterminacy, inviting practices that bring together words and worlds.

In the third event in the series, Malcom Ferdinand will speak in conversation with Natalia Brizuela, CLAS Chair, and Pedro Rolón, a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Literature Department. Dr. Ferdinand, a researcher at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, works at the crossroad of political philosophy, postcolonial theory and political ecology.


Malcom Ferdinand is an environmental engineer from University College London and a doctor in political philosophy from Université Paris-Diderot and is now a researcher at the CNRS (IRISSO/University Paris Dauphine). Dr. Ferdinand's research draws on the fields of political philosophy, political ecology, and postcolonial theory. 

Natalia Brizuela is the Class of 1930 Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, and a professor of Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese at UC Berkeley, with affiliations in the Gender and Women’s Studies and the Program in Critical Theory. 

Pedro Rolón is a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Literature department and the program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. He is interested in post-colonial theory, the history of the senses, poetics, and the relationship between aesthetic experiences and the epistemological fields opened up by poetic, visual and auditory experiments.


Cosponsored by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Vice Chancellor for Research.