Epistemic Decolonization: From Theory to Practice

Current discussions on epistemic decolonization acknowledge the need to reflect on the intrinsic whiteness, colonial legacies, and power imbalances implicit in knowledge production practices in the field of philosophy of science. The talk series “What is epistemic decolonization?” held during early 2021 was a successful first step in showcasing the work of philosophers working on epistemic decolonization and in constructing a worldwide community. In the series “Epistemic decolonization: From theory to practice”, we move one step further. That is, we move from defining what epistemic decolonization is for the field of philosophy of science to a question on how to actually decolonize the field. 

The speakers of this talk series will reflect on questions such as: What changes can we do in our citational and publishing practices to encourage decentering western knowledge from the field? How can we teach an epistemically diverse philosophy of science? How can we change the power imbalances reproduced by education and funding institutions? How to stimulate fair hiring practices and make visible the biased processes that favor privileged candidates from institutions from the Global North? How can we establish real and fruitful collaborations with philosophers of science from different geographies? And, ultimately, how can our role as philosophers contribute to building a more equal world? Besides these questions, we aim to reflect on the important effects of language and cultural differences in our ways of doing philosophy of science and in the benefits of creating an international multilingual community.