Call for papers

We encourage submissions exploring the following themes and issues from a Global South perspective:

  • Race and racialism
  • Epistemologies of the South
  • Decolonial art and design
  • South – Southern literatures
  • Critical pedagogies
  • Indigenous knowledges
  • Contesting Intellectual histories of and from the South
  • Creolizing the cannon
  • Indigenous views on wellness and wellbeing


Brought to you by the UQ Spanish & Latin American Studies Program (School of Languages & Cultures) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit (ATSIS):

We welcome proposals for standard paper presentations (20 minutes) and for thematic panels comprising three presenters. Proposals should include an abstract in English of no more than 250 words, 3 – 4 keywords, the speaker's full name, title, contact details, institutional affiliation as well as a short biography of no more than 150 words. Panel submissions should include a short description of the panel theme in addition to abstracts and speakers' details. Paper presentations may be made in English, Spanish or Portuguese.


All submissions should be emailed to  by the 11th of August 2017. Acceptances will be notified by the 29th of September 2017.

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The conference convenors are actively negotiating a publication on the conference theme. Presenters will be invited to submit a written version of their paper by 16th February, 2018 . Submission of a manuscript does not guarantee inclusion in the publication: a limited number of articles will be selected through a rigorous peer review process.

About The 2nd South – South Dialogues: Coloniality, Race, and Indigenous Epistemologies

The 2nd South – South Dialogues: coloniality, race, and indigenous epistemologies

29 – 30 November, 2017

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 “It is through the effort to recapture the self and to scrutinize the self, it is through the lasting tension of their freedom that men will be able to create the ideal conditions of existence for a human world.” Fanon (1967, 231)

“Now, there are currently two kinds or directions advanced by the former anthropos who are no longer claiming recognition by or inclusion in, the humanitas, but engaging in epistemic disobedience and de-linking from the magic of the Western idea of modernity.” (Mignolo, 2009)

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers, scholars and intellectuals who are actively engaged in developing critical thinking situated in the Global South. The focus therefore is to open and continue a space and a conversation with Indigenous and other border thinkers in Australia and other regions of the Global South in order to find pathways toward developing decolonial epistemologies and practices from a Southern perspective.

We live in a world where the discourse of coloniality puts peaceful coexistence in danger and risks the existence of life on Earth. South-South Dialogues wishes to create a collegial space where writers, artists, intellectuals and researchers from the Global South can contest this discourse by thinking through the issues that connect them. In 2015, the first South-South Dialogues resulted in the exchange of indigenous and border views from Australia and Latin America, as well as the Global South. It also resulted in a special issue of the Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. In 2017, we encourage scholars to address questions such as, what does it mean to view and understand the world from the South? What are the commonalities and contrasts in South critical perspectives? What makes them different to North critical traditions? How have concepts like race been used to produce the global South? 


Professional registration: $80

Student: $50

Community member : $30

2017 Logo design by Manuela Taboada


Segunda conferencia Diálogos Sur-Sur: colonialidad, raza y epistemologías indígenas

29 al 30 de noviembre de 2017


Mediante un esfuerzo de reconquista de sí y de despojamiento,  por una tensión permanente de su libertad, los hombres pueden crear las condiciones de existencia ideales de un mundo humano.

Fanón (1952: 190)

Actualmente hay dos clases o direcciones propuestas por el antiguo Anthropos que ya no pide reconocimiento, o inclusión en la humanitas, sino que se empeña en una desobediencia epistémica y se desengancha de la idea mágica de modernidad occidental.

Mignolo (2009: 11)

Vivimos en un mundo en el que el discurso de la colonialidad arriesga tanto nuestra coexistencia como la existencia de la vida en el planeta. La conferencia Diálogos Sur-Sur desea crear un espacio donde los escritores, artistas, intelectuales e investigadores del Sur Global discutan este discurso conversando sobre los temas que los conectan. En 2015, el primer encuentro Diálogos Sur-Sur facilitó el intercambio de visiones indígenas y de borde provenientes de Australia y Latinoamérica, así como del Sur Global y se materializó en una Edición Especial de la revista académica Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. En 2017, queremos alentar a los investigadores a reflexionar sobre interrogantes como lo que significa ver y entender el mundo desde el Sur, los puntos en común y los contrastes de las perspectivas críticas del Sur, lo que las hace diferentes a las tradiciones críticas del Norte y cómo ciertos conceptos como el de ‘raza’ se han utilizado para producir el Sur Global.

Costos de inscripción:


Profesional: $80

Estudiante: $50

Comunidad: $30