Thinking of/at the Border: The Liberation Philosophy of Manuela Gomez special from Anarres Project

Thinking of/at the Border: The Liberation Philosophy of Manuela Gomez special from Anarres Project

What does it mean to think of the study of philosophy as a tool of liberation for students of color, particularly Latinx students living in the Borderlands? In this interview, Dr. Joseph Orosco of the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures talks with Professor Manuela Gomez, who teaches at El Paso Community College. For over fifteen years, she has taught philosophy as a means to empower students along the US/Mexico border. The first Mexican American to receive a degree in philosophy from Texas A & M University, Gomez now inspires her students to design social justice projects that address the needs of immigrants, refugees, and houseless individuals living in El Paso/Juarez.

Anarres Project is inspired by the speculative fiction of Oregon writer Ursula K. Le Guin (Anarres is the “ambiguous utopia” from her novel, The Dispossessed), The Anarres Project is a forum for conversations, ideas, and initiatives that promote a future free of domination, exploitation, oppression, war, and empire. The Project is based on the understanding that past, present, and future are not separate. We are intent on uncovering the many living futures constantly coming into being in the present, those innovations and creative insurgencies happening everywhere in our midst, and exploring the affinities between them. They seek to bring together activists and scholars from the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences who are writing, thinking, and teaching about the themes explored in Le Guin’s work: gender, racial, and sexual justice, ecological sustainability, bioregionalism, left libertarian/ anarchist traditions, utopias & dystopias, alternatives to war, and cooperative economic arrangements. They have hosted a variety of community discussions at Oregon State, bringing together students, scholars and community activists to think together and the nature of the radical imagination.


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