Department of Geography

Past events

Decolonizing the University: WORKSHOP

Thursday 8 November 14:00 until 16:00
Global Studies Resource Centre, Arts C, University of Sussex
Speaker: Dr. Emily Gilbert
Part of the series: Geography Research Seminars: Beyond the Fringe

Chair: Divya P. Tolia-Kelly

Undergrads, Postgrads, Postdocs and ALL Staff  are Invited to join us!

Abstract

Calls for decolonizing the university can be heard around the world. But what it means to decolonize differs across place. In the Canadian context it means grappling with ongoing settler colonialism and a demand by indigenous peoples that the land be returned to them, and nothing less. From a different perspective, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has identified concrete action items that can and need to be implemented by educators to indigenize the curriculum. In this workshop I will outline some of the debates, tensions and opportunities that have arisen in the Canadian context around decolonization and indigenization, as understood by a non-indigenous scholar. It is hoped that this will open up discussion about what decolonization means in different contexts, and how we can both work towards both context-specific transformation, as well as international solidarity.

 

 

 

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By: Martin Wingfield
Last updated: Friday, 2 November 2018

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