Mes salutations coloniales


À l’invitation du Projet Accompagnement Québec-Guatemala (PAQG), j’ai donné une conférence qui portait sur les aspects coloniaux des séjours de coopération et de solidarité internationale. Dans le cadre de cette soirée “décoloniale”, il a aussi été question de comment décoloniser nos rapports avec les pays dans lesquels nous intervenons. La soirée a eu lieu à Montréal au Centre internationaliste Ryerson-Fondation Aubin.

En début de soirée, la poétesse Natasha Kanapé Fontaine est intervenue et puis nous avons visionné des courts métrages de la Wapikoni Mobile.


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New publication “Reflections about the social determinants of art and design”

My newest article has now been published by Revista Kepes. The article is entitled “Reflections about the social determinants of art and design: noise music in Latin America and Asia ( Reflexiones sobre los determinantes sociales del arte y del diseño: Música de ruido en América Latina y Asia)”.


Available here:

Here is the abstract:

The paper is based on the author’s experience performing noise or experimental music in Latin America, East and South East Asia. In this paper, the author reflects on some social determinants of art and design. Dimensions such as technology, territory, identity, social characteristics and social acceptance are discussed. Additional topics such as class, gender, politics are covered. The author concludes that these do not shape the practice of noise music, they are also elements which provide frameworks on which artists and designer built.

Resumen en español.

Este artículo está basado en la experiencia del autor dando interpretaciones de música de ruido (noise music) o de experimentación en América Latina, Asia del Oriente y del Sur-Oriente. En el artículo, el autor reflexiona acerca de algunas determinaciones sociales del arte y del diseño como el territorio, la identidad, las características sociales y la aceptación social. Clase, género y política son otros temas discutidos. El autor concluye que la dichas dimensiones no dan forma a la música de ruido, ellas ofrecen un lienzo sobre el cual los artistas y diseñadores pueden construir.

Della Faille, D. (2015). “Reflections about the Social Determinants of Art and Design: Noise Music in Latin America and Asia”, Revista Kepes, vol. 12, n. 12, pp. 57-84.


Overcoming the Sociological Problematization of Latin America

Overcoming the Sociological Problematization of Latin America

Dimitri della Faille

Piece published on September 15, 2015 at:

More than ten years ago I started to reflect on how sociology is seizing Latin America as an object of study. My goal was to acquire more knowledge about sociology in and about Latin America. But, perhaps at least as importantly, my goal was also to understand how sociology is representing the region and how it is participating in its transformation. At a more conceptual level, I was interested in how sociology selects social problems and suggests social change. Ultimately, this is helping me forge opinions about knowledge and social sciences.

For many reasons, some of which are presented in this text, I think Latin America should be protected from sociological problematization or the process by which social phenomena are represented in terms of problems. Here, I would like to reflect on social science and society. This is not just a summary of my major findings. I am using this summary as an excuse to discuss on the problematization of Latin America. Let me start by briefly summarizing some of my research results and then by reflecting on problematization and the colonialism of knowledge. To do so, I will be attempting to answer the question “Should we protect Latin America against sociology?”

Sociological Representations of Latin America

I did my dissertation on United States sociology about Latin America between 1945 and 1970, in the context of the Cold War. I did my post-doctoral research on Mexican sociological literature published between the 1980’s and the first decade of the 2000’s. I conducted this research using various methodologies including interviews, analysis of historical documents and computer assisted text analysis. This work has resulted in around ten scientific articles published in English, Spanish and French; which some of the references are found here below.

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