Ulrich Oslender
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1330-2601
Florida International University, USA


Recent debates in assemblage thinking in the social sciences have stressed the notion of “relational ontologies” to conceptualize the complex interactions between humans and non-humans. In this article I examine the role of cartography in the politicization of relational ontologies, and in particular the potential of what has been termed “social cartography” in Colombia, which pretends to be a tool for challenging dominant cartographic representations. At the same time, I will reflect on the limits of this pretension and the ways in which social cartography has been coopted by dominant power.

Key words: imperialism, modernity, eurocentrism, political ontology, pluriverse, critical cartography, Colombian Pacific, aquatic epistemology.