Over the last twenty years, social sciences have focussed on the debates that take place around the patterns of world power defined by the Westhern culture, specially related to the construction of knowledge and its ideological appropriation (Mellino 2008). This interest in challenging the episteme proposed by colonial modernity which has also conquered the field of science, gave rise critical views and alternatives ways of thinking with a strong theoretical and political content.

Therefore, the views generated from the Andean history began to take importance, in order to generate intellectual autonomy given the need to have internal models to explain the american reality, rather than import theory produced in other frames of meaning (Arnold, Jiménez y Yapita 2014, Sánchez Garrafa 2014). In this context it was considered necessary to tap into native-indigenous knowledge and experiences, thinking about ways to integrate theoretically and epistemologically this knowledge to science interpretations (Arnold, Jiménez y Yapita 2014, Sánchez Garrafa 2014).

Giving continuity to a space of dialogue and reflection initiated at the VIII TAAS, in the city of La Paz, we propose to keep looking for other forms of organization of the conceptual, cultural and political space in America, and also to deepen in the identification of hegemonic schemes in the way of constructing knowledge and the political-ideological consequences of academic practice. In addition, we would like to discuss about the disciplinary limits and the contributions generated by different social actors in order to explain the present and the past of american societies.

key words:

Theoretical matrices- epistemic alterity – indigenous societies - thinking and politics.




María Cecilia Páez, División Arqueología, Museo de La Plata (Universidad Nacional de La Plata) and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina.

Bárbara Manasse, Escuela de Arqueología (Universidad Nacional de Catamarca) and Instituto de Arqueología y Museo (Facultad de Ciencias Naturales e IML, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán), Argentina.


symposium commentator:


Denise Arnold, Birkbeck College London, Reino Unido e Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara, La Paz, Bolivia.