Deco[K]now is a network of researchers that fosters the decolonization of knowledge, starting from the South of Europe. We do believe that colonialism has been something more than an ended period, or an object of historical erudition; it is rather a diagram that leads to the construction and legitimization of power relations and to a violent alliance between knowledge and power. Colonialism arises as an operational metaphysics which has produced and keeps on producing the universal as an hegemonic perspective of the Western subject, subordinating differences to its totalizing unity: it is the historical practice of both power exercise and epistemic violence. Nowadays it shows its main effects in the ways the global government of migrations works. The colonial device has historically configured itself as a complex of propositions, which has materialized a biological and semiotic apparatus of hierarchization, appropriation and domination of the living by Europe, within the subject – class, race and gender. Therefore we do believe that the decolonization has to be taken necessarily as a problematization work toward the power stratifications crystallized in the cognitive practices of institutionalized disciplines, a way to throw these assumptions into crisis. Decolonizing means naming the colony as a place of knowledge appropriation made by the West, which in this manner becomes the geopolitical center of power and universal subject of knowledge.
In order to attack this configuration of power, it is necessary to characterize and to map the spaces and the modalities of utterance opened by migrants struggles and anti-racist political practices. Therefore it is also necessary to tear the European subject off its abstraction and to reposition it in the order of the discourse, localizing the resistances capable to unveil the geographies, the historical temporalities and the ways through which the West has legitimized itself as a master signifier. We understand decolonization as a practice which has necessarily to be trans-disciplinary, able to break the border deemed as operational concept related to the European colonial metaphysics. We consider the border not only as a sovereign political technology of capture and construction of the human, of the capital control, but also as an apparatus of theoretic polarization – between internal/external, center/periphery, practice/theory, molar/molecular. We want to oppose an eccentric and no-centric geography, a flat surface which allows the exercise of a generalized freedom of movement, to a striated space of a borders political geography. We want to oppose a non-linear, fluid, multidimensional history to the historical linearity of the European colonial project and to its monuments – identity, race, nation, subject; so we stand for a proliferation of historical dimensions able to throw the totalizing domination of the hegemonic paradigm into crisis.
Our perspective is not direct to renegotiate a new center of utterance, a new history, a new dominant identity; decolonization means the recognition of repossessing and subjectivation practices instead.
Our goal is to decentralize and multiply the centers, the histories, the struggles in order to produce a collective and multiple knowledge. Deco[K]now presents itself as a conflictual theoretic practice, which is not fossilized in an erudite knowledge, but it considers itself as a weapon and tool, a research for new anti-racist utterances in order to understand and to act in local and global contexts.
Deco[K]now is the urgency to speak up for a real liberation of knowledge.