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Publications and media


  • (2015) 'Como construir sociedades: diez cosas que no nos dicen acerca de la paz y la guerra, (How to Build Societies: The Peace Process in Colombia)' Editorial Javeriana
  • (2013) Story of a Death Foretold. The Coup Against Allende, 9/11/1973 (Bloomsbury)
  • (2010) What if Latin America Ruled the World? (Bloomsbury) Birkbeck Media Office press release on the book.
  • (2009/10) El Fin del Capitalismo. Bogotá/Miami: Siglo del Hombre.
  • (2008) Being Against the World: Rebellion and Constitution (Routledge, Birkbeck Law Press).
  • (with Dussel, E. Grosfoguel, R. Maldonado, N., Henry, P. et al.) The Decolonial Turn. University of California Press.
  • (with Mignolo, W., Quijano, A., et al.) Coloniality of Power, University of California Press.
  • (2005) with Douzinas, C., Zizek, S., Espinosa, B. et al. Derecho, Narracion e Imaginarios, (Editorial Legis)
  • (2005) with Rutter-Jenssen, C., Lobo, G., Bolivar, I. et al. Pasarela Paralela. Estudios Culturales Sobre Belleza y Genero en Colombia. Bogota: Pensar/Editorial Javeriana.
  • (2002) with Wallerstein, I., Grosfoguel, R., et al. The Modern/Colonial World-System in the 21st Century. Global Processes, Anti-systemic Movements and the Geopolitics of Knowledge,(Praeger)
  • (1999) with López-Medina, D La Otra Guerra. El Derecho Como Continuación del Conflicto y Lenguaje de la Paz. Editorial Plaza y Janés, Bogotá. (Premio Nacional de Ensayo. Feria Internacional del Libro de Bogotá, Año 2000).
  • (1997) with López-Medina, D. Law and Democracy in Colombia, (Harvard Law School / Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies)
  • (1995) with Florián, V., García, M et al. Pensar a Foucault, Universidad Nacional de Colombia- Facultad de Derecho, Ciencias Politicas y Ciencias Sociales / Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Democracia, Bogotá.

Edited books

  • (1999) with Castro Gómez S. & Millán, C.) (eds.) Pensar (en) los Intersticios. Teoría y Práctica de la Crítica Poscolonial, (CEJA)

Chapters in edited collections


Conference papers and invited lectures

  • (2009) ‘Legislative Theatre’. Art & Politics in Global perspective. House of Cultures of the World, Berlin.
  • (2009) ‘Cosmopolitanism & Catastrophe’. Cosmopolitanism & the Decolonial Option. Duke University, US.
  • (2009) ‘The View from Below’. Warwick/BBK workshop on Cosmopolitanism from below. Warwick University, UK.
  • (2009) ‘Post-liberal Politics in Latin America’. Latin American Studies Association. State University of Rio de Janeiro.
  • (2009) ‘Images of Liberation. Annual Conference Caribbean Philosophical Association. International Florida University, USA.
  • (2009) ‘Ética y política orientadas hacia el futuro’. Conferencia Annual de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Filosofía Política, Buenos Aires.
  • (2009) ‘A Future for Human Rights’. University of Pretoria, SA.
  • (2009) ‘Left, Right, and the Decolonial’. Duke University/UNC-Chapel Hill, USA.
  • (2008) ‘Tras la Globalización’. Conferencia Annual, Universidad de Antioquia, COL.
  • (2008) ‘Thomas Jefferson with Guaman Poma de Ayala’. LCH Annual Conference, UC-Berkeley, USA.
  • (2008) ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. LCH Conference, UC-Berkeley, USA.
  • (2008) ‘Perspectivas contemporáneas en DDHH’. State University of Rio de Janeiro.


  • Wrote an article for The Guardian's Comment is Free, Chile: a model to follow, Wednesday October 2 2013.
  • Interviewed on BBC Radio 3's Night Waves programme. Tuesday October 1 2013.
  • Interviewed on the BBC World Service The History Hour programme, Saturday September 14 2013.
  • Review of Story of a Death Foretold on The Guardian website.
  • Wrote an article for The Guardian's Comment is Free, Hugo Chávez kept his promise to the people of Venezuela, Tuesday 5 March 2013.
  • Interviewed on Al Jazeera's Listening Post programme, 26 January 2013.
  • Appeared as an expert on the BBC's “Poor us: An Animated History of Poverty” programme on 28 November 2012
  • Oscar participated in the Hay Literary Festival in Cartagena, January 2012.
  • Oscar is collaborating twice a month with The Globalist, a programme at Monocle 24 radio
  • Oscar participated in the 80th anniversary of the BBC World Service on Newshour, on Wednesday 29 February, to discuss the future of global media.
  • Oscar participated in The Verb on BBC Radio 3 programme on 1 December 2010, in connection with Granta's current issue on the best of recent narrative in Spanish
  • Oscar has an article entitled Tropics of Redemption printed in Granta Online dated 30 November 2010. The article discusses the discusses the hispanicisation of the United States of America.
  • Oscar will be participating in the Riz Khan Show on Al-Jazeera on Thursday 29 July to discuss: 'Are Latin American nations ready to exert their influence on the world stage and how could this affect the United States?'
  • Oscar discusses his book What if Latin America Ruled the World? in an online interview on 7 July 2010 with JungleDrums, a bi-lingual Brazilian and Latin American magazine that discusses culture, and was also interviewed by Agencia EFE (in Spanish).
  • Oscar participated in the BBC World Service' arts programme, The Forum, on Sunday morning, 25 July 2010.
  • What if Latin American Ruled the World? was reviewed in The Guardian by Richard Gott on Saturday 3 July 2010, and was also reviewed and star-rated in the US magazine for librarians and book-sellers, Publishers Weekly.
  • Monday 28 June, 9:00 am - Oscar Guardiola-Rivera took part in BBC Radio 4's Start the Week (at 13.40 minutes) in conversation with filmmaker John Akomfrah and the former literature editor of The Observer Robert McCrum.
  • Oscar was interviewed on the BBC World Service on 1 June 2010: 'The Colombian government is trying to present itself as the Israel of Latin America'.
  • Monday 28 June, 9am - Oscar Guardiola-Rivera took part in BBC Radio 4's Start the Week (at 13.40 minutes) in conversation with filmmaker John Akomfrah and the former literature editor of The Observer Robert McCrum.
  • What if Latin America Ruled the World? Oscar appeared at the Guardian Hay Festival on Monday 31 May 2010 at 9.00am (Event136) Venue: Elmley Foundation Dream Stage. How the South will take the North into the 22nd Century.
  • Article in US online political magazine Counterpunch, 16 February 2009
  • Commentator for Radio Catalunya (Spain) on British political affairs.
  • September 2008 column published in the online version of 'Revista Semana' (Colombia) on the constitutional reform process of 1990-1.
  • Commentary on the DVD version of Ken McMullen's film 'Ghost Dance' (2008)
  • Appearing in two feature films currently under production in London: Mark Charles's 'The Secret Philosophy' and Ken McMullen's 'Guns & Poetry'.