4th version of Ventana: A conference on Latin America.

5th - 7th October 2022

York, UK

During the eventful recent years, the discussion about postcolonialism has interestingly turned to the idea of decolonisation, a notion that involves many and different expressions as there are of colonisation itself. Diverse cultures and peoples are facing diverse experiences of decolonisation, whether as former colonies, former colonisers, and the persisting lasting effects, systems, and traditions that linger from a past that many times doesn't feel like a past at all. For this, this year's conference is centred around Decolonial Dialogues from within and beyond the Global Margins.

The legacy of colonial empires is still present on different levels and in daily dynamics of accumulation, separation, oppression, linearity, extraction and more. This means that the end of the colonies did not imply the end of coloniality. The colonial system and its embedded logics of modernity and Western thought have reproduced dynamics and epistemic violence, outlining and influencing the ways we perceive the world. Within this frame, Ventana 4 calls for papers and workshops that question, unsettle, delink, rethink or disobey colonial ideologies. This is an invitation to encounter and link dialogues that emerge and discuss the different decolonial perspectives from and with the margins. We aim to establish a bridge between thinkers, practitioners, researchers, and individuals with interest in Latin America, and for this year's special edition we are welcoming links and perspectives on the African decolonial experience. We are open to proposals that expand the ways we comprehend and interact from and with the margins. We invite you to reflect on the persistence of colonial structures, practices, and the empowerment of marginalised communities, by encouraging critical approaches and bridging the gap between different geographical spheres and thoughts.

We invite scholars and early-career researchers from the arts and humanities, social sciences, and other disciplines to partake in any of the two modalities we have considered this year: Workshops and Papers.

This year the conference will be delivered in hybrid format, facilitating live and online participation.

Ventana 4's Special Topic


This year we are inviting all scholars working on topics related to the African experiences and narratives on decolonialism and postcolonialism, in the hope to share, compare, and nurture the studies and perspectives from both continents.


The Treehouse

Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Harewood Way, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

The Treehouse is located on the first floor of the Berrick Saul Building, home to the Humanities Research Centre of the University of York. This circular room is surrounded entirely by windows and the treetops beyond them, generating the feeling of being, well, in a treehouse. We have chosen this facility for our conference as means of having a circular space where we all can look at each other on the same level.