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Decolonization in Chiapas : Zapatistas, Co-operatives, Autonomous Education, Artivism



Year of publication 2020
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Over 25 years have passed since the world first learned about the Zapatistas (EZLN)—Indigenous communities of Chiapas who organized themselves in response to culminating abuse by colonial powers. Despite largely keeping to themselves and not allowing strangers into their communities, the Zapatistas stressed the importance of transcultural cooperation in facing neoliberal globalization. The Zapatistas inspired many social justice movements across the world but their influence is most visible and widespread in Chiapas itself. Drawing on personal field research conducted in Chiapas from September through December 2019, the paper will outline and analyze current education models in the region inspired by the EZLN that contest Eurocentric education by centring on community, tradition, land, and the concept of interconnectedness, as well as social movements that draw on co-operative principles of EZLN and offer alterNative economic models to capitalism (primarily shown on the example of the Cambalache project). Additionaly, the paper will highlight the important role of artivism (art + artivism) in Chiapas.
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