Decolonising the Curriculum in Theory and Practice [2016-17]

Alternate Wednesdays, 12.00-14.00 during term time

Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building


About

The call for decolonisation is resonating in universities across the globe today. The most dramatic instance has been the Rhodes Must Fall movement in South Africa, which inspired protests such as Rhodes Must Fall at Oxford and “Why is My Curriculum White” at UCL. These movements have found affinities with expanding struggles around race, gender, and class on North American campuses and with the upsurge of interest in decolonisation within professional academia.  Our workshops and seminars will focus on one particular aspect of today’s demand to decolonise the university: the curriculum. Drawing from postcolonial, decolonial, and subaltern critiques of social science knowledge production and circulation, the research group will aim to explore the “postcolonial turn” or “Southern turn” in different domains of the humanities and social sciences. The series of activities are both inspired by and in dialogue with the increasing attention to the global plurality of particular disciplines, for example, the need to work toward “a world anthropologies framework”, “global sociology”, or non-Western international relations.

Our questions of decolonising knowledge in the academy are four-fold. First, why is the demand for decolonisation being heard so widely in universities today? Second, what place does decolonising the curriculum have in these broader demands for decolonising the university? Third, what are the experiences with decolonising the university curriculum in different parts of the world? Fourth, what would it mean to decolonise the curriculum in Cambridge?


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Convenors

Convenors

Dr Adam Branch (POLIS)
Dr Manali Desai (Department of Sociology)
Dr Monica Moreno Figueroa (Department of Sociology)
Dr Arathi Sriprakash (Faculty of Education)


Faculty Advisors

Dr Jo-Anne Dillabough (Reader, Faculty of Education)

Programme 2016-17

Decolonising the curriculum in Theory and Practice
Decolonizing the Curriculum (Launch)
19 October 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Kehinde Andrews (Birmingham), Kerem Nisancioglu (SOAS), Sarah Radcliffe (Cambridge) -at Decolonising the Curriculum

Decolonising the Curriculum: Experiences from Latin America
02 November 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Antonio Sergio Guimaraes (São Paulo), Rosaleen Howard (Newcastle), David Lehmann (Cambridge)-at Decolonising the Curriculum

Pedagogy Workshop. Decolonising Pedagogies or Decolonising the Mind?
16 November 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Debbie Epstein (Roehampton), Sharon Walker (Cambridge)-at Decolonising the Curriculum. Online Registration. Limited places

Decolonizing the Curriculum: Lessons from South Asia
30 November 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Subir Sinha (SOAS), Ananya Mishra and Mahvish Ahmed (University of Cambridge) (Cambridge) -at Decolonising the Curriculum

Racism and Emotions in Knowledge-Encounters (Workshop)
01 February 2017, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Mónica Moreno Figueroa (Cambridge) -at Decolonising the Curriculum
Free but Registration required. Limited places

From Makerere 1962 to Cape Town 2015: Decolonising African Higher Education
15 February 2017, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Adam Cooper (Cape Town), Michael Eze and Njoki Wamai (POLIS, Cambridge) -at Decolonising the Curriculum

Decolonising the Disciplines
01 March 2017, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Meera Sabaratnam (SOAS), Ipek Demir (Leicester), Adam Branch (POLIS)- at Decolonising the Curriculum

Transforming the Tripos?
15 March 2017, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Adam Branch (Cambridge)- at Decolonising the Curriculum

Decolonising the Curriculum in South Africa
26 April 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Xolela Mangcu (Cape Town) at Decolonising the Curriculum in Theory and Practice

Decolonising STEM
10 May 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (Seattle), Arianne Shahvisi (Sussex) at Decolonising the Curriculum in Theory and Practice

British Migration History: Reconstructing the Curriculum
24 May 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Malachi McIntosh (The Runnymede Trust), Robin Bunce (Cambridge), Joanna Story (Leicester) at Decolonising the Curriculum in Theory and Practice

Towards a Decolonised Curriculum in Cambridge: A Draft Manifesto
07 June 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Adam Branch, Manali Desai, Monica Moreno F. and Arathi Sriprakash (Cambridge) at Decolonising the Curriculum in Theory and Practice