Epistemological Conversations with the South:
New Conceptual Models of Intercultural Higher Education in Latin America
An intercultural approach to university curricula, both in classical as well as in indigenous higher education institutions, pressuposes, on the theoretical side, new study plans according to new conceptual frameworks and, eventually, an ‘ecology of knowledges’ and the testing of different rationalities which are nonetheless well placed in critical and complex thinking. Such a vision of university wisdom encompasses a different institutional structure allowing for experimental knowledge and communitarian practice, that is, extension programes that challenge the modernist idea of university, without jeopardizing it.
This paper will discuss the ideological and epistemological issues put forward above as well as present various practical examples being undertaken in Latin America, e.g. in Bolivia, both documental and experiential, which emerged from the RIAIPE3 project (2010-2013, ALFA Programme, funded by the European Commission, http://www.riaipe-alfa.eu/index.php/en )