Subjectivation of Resistance: Zapatistas Epistemological Agitation and Their Road to Autonomy

Dorien Scheets Ball State University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Obed Frausto Gatica Ball State University
The subjectification of resistance has an epistemological dimension captured by three characteristics: the cultural, social, and individual. In this paper, we propose a philosophical-sociological analysis of the Zapatistas’ movement toward autonomy as a predominantly epistemological struggle for liberation. First, we will explore the cultural scope of resistance and its relationship with the Zapatista epistemological philosophy. We argue that the Zapatista’s concept of resistance is an epistemological practice rooted in Batalla’s notion of México profundo that questions, agitates, and defies the pre-established status quo to organize a less oppressive, more equitable order. Second, we will explore the social dimension of resistance through studies of the radical pedagogical project of “La Universidad de la Tierra”. We will investigate the university’s contribution to the social emphasis of autonomy and agitation to achieve resistance. The university teaches to transgress, to emancipate, and to question the prevalence of oppression. We ultimately argue that it is through imagination, learning to transgress, and in discovering self-dignity, agitation can liberate individuals from the subjectification that shackles them, setting not only indigenous communities in Mexico, but the world, on the road to autonomy.
Competitive Paper--All Disciplines (includes an Oral Presentation)
Competitive Paper (includes an Oral Presentation)

When & Where

10:30 AM
Jordan Hall 242