Um pouco mais de calma

Identifying the Trampas of Decolonizing Internationalization of Higher Education and Academy in the Global South


  • Jhuliane Evelyn da Silva Federal University of Paraná
  • Juliana Martinez UFPR
  • Roxana Chiappa Universidad de Tarapacá



complexities, decolonial projects, global south, modernity/coloniality, trampas


In this article, we analyze contradictions, complexities, limits, and potentialities of internationalization of higher education (IHE) from Latin American decolonial perspectives. We argue that even when scholars may be holding decolonial critiques and aspirations towards IHE, the structures of universities are heavily influenced by colonial legacies, undermining the potentialities of decolonization. We pay special attention to those initiatives that apparently promise a decolonial exit, because they may be acting as traps, or what we called trampas (in Spanish). In this article, we particularly analyze the initiatives that are frequently seen as projects that deviated from the hegemonic discourses of internationalization: i) South-South international higher education cooperation projects, ii) policies and projects that seek to address colonial legacies, and iii) teaching and researching committed with decolonial intentions. In the end, we invite readers, practitioners and scholars alike, to welcome the contradictions we face in such work and not to lose sight of the ongoing, relational, and hyperreflective character of any project that aims to be an alternative to coloniality.


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Author Biographies

Juliana Martinez, UFPR

JULIANA ZEGGIO MARTINEZ, PhD, is a tenured Professor at the Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil. 

Roxana Chiappa, Universidad de Tarapacá

ROXANA CHIAPPA, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Universidad de Tarapacá, Chile, associated researcher at Rhodes University and adjunct researcher at the Center for the Study of Conflict and Social Cohesion.


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How to Cite

da Silva, J. E., Zeggio Martinez, J., & Chiappa, R. . (2023). Um pouco mais de calma: Identifying the Trampas of Decolonizing Internationalization of Higher Education and Academy in the Global South. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 15(5), 128–142.



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