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Aldo Ramos at the opening of Weaving a Pluriversity (2024), Framer Framed. Photo by Lina van den Idsert.

25 Jun –
30 Jun 2024

Decolonial Summer School: Celebrating 15 Years of the Maria Lugones Decolonial Summer School

The Maria Lugones Decolonial Summer School has its 15th anniversary in 2024! To celebrate this, several public events are organised in the last week of June in collaboration with Framer Framed and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. All events are open to the public.

What influence does colonialism have on people and museums? And what is the importance of decolonial thinking in a turbulent world with evolving injustices and environmental crises? These questions and more will be explored during this special edition of the Maria Lugones Decolonial Summer School. The first two days of the programme will take place at Framer Framed, the second two days at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.

At the Van Abbemuseum you’ll be able to visit the recently opened exhibition Soils, with work by among others Valiana Aguilar, Pluriversity Weavers, Aldo Ramos, Rolando Vázquez, and patrica kaersenhout. The exhibition Soils is a plea to connect with the soil: the ground we live on. How do we take care of our soil, just as the soil cares for us? Soils offers insight into how artists from different parts of the world connect with the earth in their own ways. The exhibition embraces these differences. There is a vast amount of (intangible) knowledge about the soil. How can we learn from each other, support each other, and establish relationships? Relationships with the land, as well as with each other, take centre stage. Soil is on show between Jun 15 – Nov 24, 2024 at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.

To sign up for the Decolonial Summer School, you can use the links below the individual days.
The events at Farmer Framed are in English and free of charge.
A donation at the door is appreciated.

Moelyono, Tandak Samira (2023), on show at the Van Abbemuseum as part of the Soils exhibition


Ancestral Musings; a Caribbean Conversation
Tuesday 25 June | 16:00 – 18:00
Prof. dr. Gloria Wekker
Prof. dr. Jean Casimir
Location: Framer Framed, Amsterdam
Sign up here to attend!

Decolonial Feminisms
Wednesday 26 June | 16:00 – 18:00
Prof. dr. Rosalba Icaza
Valiana Aguilar, activist
Prof. dr. Catherine Walsh
Location: Framer Framed, Amsterdam
Sign up here to attend!

On the Coloniality of Thought (Inaugural Lecture)
Thursday 27 June | 16:30 – 18:00
Prof. dr. Rolando Vázquez Melken
Location: Aula – Old Lutheran Church, University of Amsterdam
This event will be live streamed; click here
No reservations are required to attend this event.

Honouring and Remembering BeBop
Friday 28 June | 16:00 – 18:00
patricia kaersenhout, Artist
Jeannette Ehlers, Artist and Performer
Prof. dr. Walter Mignolo
Location: Studio (Parliament), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

The Soils exhibition
Saturday 29 June | 16:00 – 18:00
Charles Esche, Van Abbemuseum Director
Teresa Cos Rebollo, Van Abbemuseum Assistant Curator
Aldo Ramos, Artist
Prof. dr. Rolando Vázquez Melken
Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, Philosopher
Location: Studio (Parliament), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Decolonial Aesthesis
Sunday 30 June | 16:00 – 18:00
Philosopher Ovidiu Tichindeleanu
Fabian Barba, Dancer and Performer
Aldo Ramos, Artist
Location: Studio (Parliament), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

For more information about the programmes at Van Abbemuseum, read here.

Framer Framed is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; Amsterdam Fund for the Arts; Municipality of Amsterdam; and VriendenLoterij Fonds.

Contested Heritage / Amsterdam Noord / Feminism / Colonial history / Museology /


Exhibition: Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis

Exhibition about the commodification of knowledge and ignorance, curated by Mi You and David Garcia


Weaving a Pluriversity: Conversation between Mamo Arwawiku and Rolando Vázquez Melken
Final gathering by the Pluriversity Weavers on the human connection to our environments
Open Studio: Weaving a Pluriversity
A series of gatherings on the human connection to our environments, organised by the Pluriversity Weavers
BE.BOP 2014 - Spiritual Revolutions & 'The Scramble for Africa'
Curated by Alanna Lockward.


Catherine Walsh

Charles Esche

Charles Esche


Aldo E. Ramos

Poet and decolonial storyteller

Walter Mignolo

Academic, writer

Jeannette Ehlers


Rolando Vázquez Melken

Professor of Sociology

patricia kaersenhout

Visual artist, cultural activist, womanist

Gloria Wekker

Professor Gender and Ethnicity