ALICE – Strange Mirrors, Unsuspected Lessons: Leading Europe to a new way of sharing the world experiences.
ALICE is a research project coordinated by Boaventura de Sousa Santos and financed by the European Research Council (ERC). ERC is one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe.
ALICE is a project that seeks to re-think and renovate socio-scientific knowledge by drawing upon “Epistemologies of the South, an approach proposed by Boaventura de Sousa Santos. The objective is to develop new theoretical and political paradigms of social transformation. Throughout Europe and the Global North as a whole, there is a sentiment of intellectual and political exhaustion.
Over a decade into the 21st Century, such exhaustion translates into the incapacity to innovatively confront various challenges that interpellate the world and impeded upon justice: social, environmental, inter-generational, cultural, historical and cognitive justice. In contrast, the Global South, in its immense diversity, presents itself today as a wide field of economic, social, cultural, and political innovation.
ALICE is grounded on a wager, i.e, that social, political and institutional change may largely benefit from the innovations occurring in countries and regions of the Global South. A demanding wager, to be sure, for it presupposes availability for mutual recognition, intercultural understanding, political and ideological convergence, respect for identity, and celebration of diversity.
The project began in July 2011 and will continue for five years. It will operate under the auspices of the Centre for Social Studies (CES) – an Associate Laboratory of the University of Coimbra Portugal.
Boaventura de Sousa Santos introductory interview on Alice: