Rolando Vázquez belongs to the movement of Decolonial Thought and Aesthesis. He teaches sociology at UCR University of Utrecht. He curated the workshop: ‘Staging the End of the Contemporary’ for MaerzMusik at the Berliner Festspiele. With Walter Mignolo he has coordinated for ten Years the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School. They co-authored the seminal article ‘Decolonial Aesthesis: Colonial Wounds/Decolonial Healings‘. In 2016 with Gloria Wekker et. al. he wrote the report of the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam. His work seeks to transgress the dominion of contemporaneity, heteronormativity and modernity/coloniality. Through the question of precedence and relational temporalities he seeks to contribute to decolonizing institutions, epistemology, aesthetics and subjectivity.
Mexican sociologist Rolando Vázquez discusses processes of erasure – in colonial language and epistemologies, as well as in contemporary transnational and globalised communication. This interview took place in the context of the ‘On Translations’ international conference at Nottingham Contemporary in 2018.