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What is Decolonisation?

Tuesday 28th September3pm4:30pm
Friends Meeting House

Within British universities, drives to decolonise the curriculum have grappled with the whiteness of syllabuses and lack of representation - all while exploring the problems of using a “decolonising” framework in the first place. Within and without the academy, the term remains ubiquitous and contested. This session will ask - can institutions, whose very own histories are tied to colonisation, ever be decolonised? And if not, what do demands to decolonise the university mean?

Gurminder K Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies at the University of Sussex.

Deputy Director of Leading Routes, a project that aims to prepare the next generation of Black academics, and co-host of the Surviving Society Podcast.

PhD candidate from the Department of Geography at UCL and recipient of the Windsor Fellowship Scholarship, Tissot is a member of the board for the International Centre for Racism at Edge Hill University. He is also the co-host of the Surviving Society Podcast, which explores the local and global politics of race and class from a sociological perspective. 

Kieron Turner is a PhD student focusing on BDS activism as decolonial praxis, and an activist with Apartheid Off Campus & Palestine Action.

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Lipman Miliband TrustRosa Luxemburg Stiftung LondonBarry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust
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