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LÁPIZ N˚6: Hacer Escuela | Inventing School

With contributions by Tamara Anderson and Angela Crawford; Marisa Belausteguigoitia Rius; Walter Omar Kohan; Francisco Flavio Pereira Barbosa; Davíd Morales and K. Wayne Yang; Jason Thomas Wozniak.

"Critical theory thought of this way is inventive. It is a form of rhythmic erring (wandering) and essaying (experimenting) that opens up the possibility for something to come, to arrive. Conceptualized this way, critical theory becomes a way to hacer escuela. A formal translation of hacer escuela would be, “to make” or “to produce” school. But here, inspired by Walter Kohan’s interpretation of Simón Rodríguez’s decolonial dictum, “inventamos o erramos,” and keeping in mind the etymological ancient Greek roots of “school,” schole as free time, suspension, and contemplation, a more fitting translation of hacer escuela is “to invent school.” This is to say that through rhythmic ruptures produced in the process of teaching and learning critical theory, aspects of daily life are suspended temporarily, offering one a chance to contemplate the world we live in, and the world that might be. Inventing school brings into being a moment for the otherwise to come. . ."