Walter Mignolo

Walter Mignolo (1941, Córdoba, Argentina) is a semiotician and professor at Duke University, who has published extensively on semiotics and literary theory, and worked on different aspects of the modern and colonial world, exploring concepts such as global coloniality, the geopolitics of knowledge, transmodernity, border thinking, and pluriversality.

In Enacting the Archives, Decentring the Muses Mignolo reads through the Museum of Islamic Art and of Asian Civilizations Museum, attempting to decolonize the single story of western museums by showing how de-westernization works.The author’s argument will be that the de-colonial story of western museums through the appropriation of the museum model in the Global South and the Global East.

This text was originally published on Ibraaz, a critical forum for visual cultures in North Africa and the Middle East, as part of Platform 005, which explored globalizing tactics. This essay has been translated with the kind permission of the editors. You can read original English text at

Spanish translation by Fernando Quincoces.

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