Latin American Philosophy of Education Society
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Symposium Abstracts


Lilia D. Monzo

“Pushing Back on Neoliberalism and Paving the Road for Class Struggle: Decoloniality, Buen Vivir, and other lessons from América Latina”

The teaching profession is especially important at this historical juncture when the moral fiber of our humanity is being sacrificed for the sake of privatization. Foundational to neoliberalism and capitalism is the value for private property that is evidenced in Western epistemology and the having mode of existence. Yet the decolonial thinking developed in the concept of buen vivir can point us toward the being mode of existence. Our task as educators is to wage a war of position – a critical pedagogy – that challenges western notions of what it means to be human such that we may begin to imagine and create a world that truly values equality, freedom and justice.


Orlando Hernandez

“Eugenio Maria de Hostos: Progressive Education in the 19th Century Caribbean and Latin America on the Fringe of Empires”

This lecture explores Eugenio María de Hostos’s work as an educational reformer and revolutionary thinker in the latter part of the 19th Century. Hostos made important contributions to public education in the Dominican Republic and Chile. He also advocated vigorously for the inclusion and empowerment of women. Towards the end of his life, Hostos supported the creation of citizens’ organizations that would play a nonpartisan civic and political role in their countries, a concept similar to what we now call“civil society.” This places Hostos in the tradition of “education for freedom,” that was initiated by Simón Rodríguez—Bolívar’s mentor—and further developed by Pablo Freire in recent times.


George Caffentzis

“Reports from the Escuelita: A discussion of the Zapatista’s epistemology”

I attended two gatherings organized by the Zapatistas in Chiapas: the Intergalactica of 1996 and the Escuelita of 2013/14. In this presentation/conversation I compare two different philosophies of education I believe were  practiced by the Zapatistas in these two gatherings. In the Intergalactica I see the Platonic conception of education in action while in the Escuelita I see a a philosophy of education inspired by Marx's third thesis on Feuerbach. I invite us to reflect on the differences of these two philosophies and the circumstances that brought the Zapatistas to them.


Aleksandra Perisic

“Caribbean Philosophy and the Challenge to Neoliberal Imagination”

In this presentation, I demonstrate how Francophone Caribbean writing, specifically the fictional writing of Daniel Maximin and the theoretical writing of Edouard Glissant, challenges our understanding of the two pillars of neoliberal higher education: critical thinking and diversity.  I argue that a post neoliberal education has to move from critical thinking to an imagining of utopias and form a diversity based on respect to a diversity based on relation.


Samir Haddad and Jesus Luzardo

“Teaching Latin American Philosophy on Its Own Terms”

In this conversatorio, we will explore what it could mean to teach Latin American Philosophy on its own terms -- that is, appropriately and responsibly. We will begin by discussing the personal struggles we experienced in approaching the topic -- as someone who is not Latino and as someone who is -- as well as the questions we continue to ask -- textual, historical, and pedagogical -- in preparing to teach it. We then hope to engage in a fruitful and open discussion that tackles these networks of questions, problems, and struggles which surround the possibility of a pedagogy of Latin American philosophy.