Juan Carlos Sánchez-Antonio
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Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, México


This paper aims to establish a dialogic relationship between the contributions made by Euro-centric Foucaldian critique genealogy and the liberating potential of the Latin American decolonial approach, to boost insubordination and subdued knowledges, and the emergence of other epistemologies in a worldwide genealogical landscape. In the first part, the genealogical critique method developed by Foucault is explained briefly. In the second part, the genealogical approach is used to rebuild some of the sovereign disciplinary devices, and even biopolitical, used in the “colonial regimes” of the 17th century in America. Thus, we intend to analyse the boundaries of the intra-European genealogy, by contrasting them with the critiques done to Euro-centrism and coloniality from the decolonial approach. Last, we explore the possibility of a decolonial critical genealogy of subdued knowledges and the emergence of Other epistemologies from a global horizon to create global “cognitive justice”.

Keywords: biopolitics, geopolitics of knowledge, coloniality of power, decolonization, Michel Foucault, governmentality.