The world of hyperinformation creates the illusion of a fairly democratized circulation and access to knowledge worldwide. Sadly, this is far from being true. A case in point where this is especially visible is the dominance of the English language serving the reproduction of mainstream Eurocentric frameworks and discourses on development ideas, concepts, and models, or –more generally- of the regulative principles steering the evolution of contemporary societies. We believe that there exists a vast and valuable production of relevant and original thinking about such issues in Latin America, or Abya Yala, as its native populations decided to refer to it. However, it remains largely confined to regional boundaries due to language barriers. Alternautas emerges from a desire to bridge such barriers, by bringing Latin-American intellectual reflections on development to larger, English-speaking, audiences.
Alternautas also intends to serve as a platform for testing, circulating, and debating new ideas and reflections on these topics, expanding beyond the geographical, cultural and linguistic boundaries of Latin America - Abya Yala. We hope to contribute to connecting ideas, and to provide a space for intellectual exchange and discussion for a nascent academic community of scholars, devoted to counter-balancing mainstream understandings of development.
This blog was launched in 2014 and is administered by young scholars from South America and Europe with different disciplinary backgrounds, engaged in discussions about development and civilizational crisis. All of our team members work on an entirely volunteer basis. If you would like to contribute, please contact us.
Alexander D’Aloia, National Australian University (Australia)
Emilie Dupuits, Université de Genève (Switzerland)
María Eugenia Giraudo, University of Warwick (United Kingdom)
Sue Iamamoto, Universidade Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Juan Jaime Loera González, Escuela de Antropologia e Historia del Norte de Mexico (Mexico)
María Mancilla García, University of Stockholm (Sweden)
Maria del Pilar Ramirez Gröbli, University of Bern (Switzerland)
Diego Silva, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland)
Julien Vanhulst, Universidad Catolica del Maule (Chile)
Johannes M. Waldmüller, Universidad de las Americas (Ecuador)
Dana Brablec Sklenar, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Samantha Cardoso Rebelo Portela, University of Saint Andrews (United Kingdom)
Louise de Mello, Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain), Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil)
Anne Freeland, Columbia University (United States)
Sebastian Manuel Garbe, International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (Germany)
Martina Tonet, University of Stirling & Newcastle University (United Kingdom)