Power, Knowledge, and Epistemic Delinking


  • Aneta Stojnić




decoloniality, modernity, capitalism, delinking, epistemology, Eurocentrism


In this paper I shall argue that radical epistemic delinking has a key role in liberation from the Colonial Matrix of Power as well as the change in the existing global power relations which are based in the colonialism and maintained through exploitation, expropriation and construction of the (racial) Other. Those power relations render certain bodies and spaces as (epistemologically) irrelevant. In order to discuss possible models of struggle against such condition, firstly I have addressed the relation between de-colonial theories and postcolonial studies, arguing that decolonial positions are both historicising and re-politicising the postcolonial theory. In my central argument I have focused on the epistemic delinking and political implications of decolonial turn. With reference to Grada Killomba I have argued for the struggle against epistemic violence through decolonising knowledge. Decolonising knowledge requires delinking form Eurocentric model of knowledge production and radical dismantling the existing hierarchies among different knowledge. It requires recognition of the ‘Other epistemologies’ and ‘Other knowledge’ as well as liberation from Western disciplinary and methodological limitations. One of the main goals of decolonial project is deinking from the Colonial Matrix of Power. However, delinking is not required only in the areas of economy and politics but also in the field of epistemology.

Author Biography

Aneta Stojnić

Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade

Aneta Stojnić, PhD is assistant professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications (Singidunum University, Belgrade). In 2015 she was a postdoc researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, IBK, at the PCAP class of Marina Gržinić and in 2013–14 she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, research centre S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media). She was artist in residence in Tanzquartier Vienna in 2011, and writer in residence at KulturKontakt Austria in 2012. Aneta defended her PhD thesis at the University of Arts in Belgrade in 2013, under supervsion of Miško Šuvaković and Marina Gržinić. She published two books: “Theory of performance in digital art: towards a new political performance” (Orion Art, FMK, Belgrade, 2015) and “Jacques Lacan” (Orion Art, Belgrade, 2016) and authored a number of international publications on contemporary art and media, as well as various artistic and curatorial projects. She collaborated with institutions and organizations such as: Tanzquartier Wien, Open Systems (Vienna), MAIZ (Linz), Les Laboratoires d'Aubervillier (Paris), Quartier21 (MQ Vienna), Dansens Hus Stockholm, Odin Teatret (Denmark), BITEF Theatre (Belgrade), TkH Walking Theory (Belgrade), October Salon (Belgrade), Pančevo Biennial and many others.


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How to Cite

Stojnić, A. (2017). Power, Knowledge, and Epistemic Delinking. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (14), 105–111. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i14.218