The Chair of Situated Thought


  Lukas Avendaño. Buscando a Bruno, (Searching for Bruno), performance. Photo: Mario Patiño

Thinking in terms of being situated means to include deployed knowledge which is generally excluded from standard bibliographies. It means working with the production of thinkers and collectivities which, outside the enclosures of institutionalised knowledge, put a strain on academic hegemonies.

Ileana Diéguez
Interpelando al “caballo académico”: por una práctica afectiva y emplazada, (Questioning the “academic horse”: for an Affective and Deployed Practice), 2019

Education programme developed with the sponsorship of the

Santander Fundación

The Chair

The Chair of Situated Thought is a shared project that moves between Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM; campus Cuajimalpa, Mexico City) and the Museo Reina Sofía, and aims to delve deeper into the problems of collaborative platforms and collective work experiences developed in different university, artistic and activist spheres in Latin America, for instance the Seminar of Critical Cartographies (UAM) and the Southern Conceptualisms Network, among others. Encouraging spaces of dialogue and specific actions — encounters, seminars, publications, archives — the project looks to coordinate links between different experiences, stances, ways of doing and initiatives of thought projected from the South, and understood not so much as a geopolitical notion, but as a place of critical utterance which is necessary with respect to dominant discourses and movements and their centres of power. Thus, the Chair underscores the singularities and pertinence of an intellectual and artistic production that converses with its immediate social and political surroundings, and which aspires to have an impact by means of new forms of aesthetic and political imagination in the specific conditions of its environment.

Ileana Diéguez

Curator of the Chair of Situated Thought

An independent exhibition curator and professor-researcher in the Department of Humanities UAM-Cuajimalpa. She has also served as guest lecturer at different Latin American universities, for instance the University of São Paulo (Brazil), the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), the University of Concepción (Chile) and the National University of Colombia. Her research topics address problems in relation to art, memory, representations of violence, mourning, theatricalities and expanded and social performance. Her projects most notably include the exhibitions Navajas (Centro de las Artes de Monterrey and Instituto Potosino de Cultura de San Luis, 2012), Sudarios (ExTeresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, 2012), La domus del ausente (Galería Metropolitana, Mexico City, 2013), Ensayo de la memoria (Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, 2012) and Las formas de la ausencia (Casa de la Cultura de la UAEMéx in Tlalpan, Mexico City, 2015).