Methodologies of deterritorialisation

FBK-ISR International Seminar 2022

The concept of decoloniality is a field of exploration that is drawing increasing attention in academia and beyond, having raised and problematised topical issues such as the ecological, Indigenous, feminist, black and mestizo question, just to mention a few.

Inside, an emerging strand of research is focusing on the possible cross-pollination with digital studies. This body of reflections, methods, and techniques, despite the diverse labelling (decolonial computing, decolonial informatics, decolonial AI, etc.), is joint by criticism of “algorithmic coloniality” – a concept whose semiotic reading can enlighten the relationship between certain material-discursive textualities, which flow in the ostensibly horizontal space of the digital sphere, and the centre-periphery reproduction mechanisms of well-established power asymmetries.

In the present work, while shedding light on the role of language, in a broad sense, as a means of colonial perpetuation within the digital sphere, the speaker will present some theoretical-methodological perspectives capable of de-territorializing research in this field, by paying particular attention to the exploration of technological frontiers. Such reflection cannot avoid an introduction having as its object the dialogue between religious studies and decoloniality, from the specific viewpoint of Latin American scholarship.

Finally, this contribution seeks to emphasise that a polycentric and de-familiarising look at the current reality can help shed light on processes of meaning-making related to urgent debates that have directly to do with decolonisation/decoloniality (such as religious intolerances, environmental-territorial claims, Indigenous action-oriented movements, migration policies of integration and exclusion, etc.).


Scientific coordination
Massimo Leone, Director FBK-ISR

Cycle of seminars: “De-Polarization in Religion and Ethics


The event will be held in Italian

The event will be online 

To participate in the event, you must register by 12 noon on Wednesday, 7  
September 2022


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  • Laura Gherlone is a researcher in semiotics at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) of Argentina. She is an adjunct professor of Russian literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities of the Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires. She graduated from the University of Turin under the guidance of Prof. Massimo Leone and then she received her PhD, with a thesis on the semiotician Juri Lotman’s theory, from the Sapienza University of Rome and the University of Tartu (Estonia). After a post-doc in Argentina devoted to the “unpublished Lotman”, her research currently focuses on the dialogue between semiotics of culture, Latin American reflection on decoloniality and the theory of cultural affects. Finally, she is interested in the field of education in relation to the so-called decolonization of knowledge and university, a topic in relation to which she is coordinator of the research area of the international program “Uniservitate”, focusing on the methodology of Service-Learning in academic environments.


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Registration closed on 07/09/2022.



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