DECOLONISING OUR UNIVERSITY
Racism is a plague that continues to pervade numerous institutions in our society. The university is one of the main engines that continues to perpetuate the ideology of difference and continues to foster various modes of inequality. This conference was created to question some of the deeply rooted issues that are embedded in the educational system especially universities. In this conference we hope to deconstruct fragments of colonial thought through workshops, panels and discussions. This conference is a one day training event open to all students and academics. A wide range of scholars and activists will be in attendance to spark debate.
Panel 1: “Diversity v Decolonisation”
In this panel we will be exploring the issues surrounding the popular buzz word “diversity”. We hope to unravel this concept by exploring the implications it has in regards to higher education. If an institution is “diversified” does this mean it is decolonised? Does “diversity” go far enough or should we be seeking to make institutions decolonised? Join us in this exciting panel discussion!
+ Dr Kehinde Andrews, Senior Lecturer/Reader in Sociology at Birmingham City University
+ Lisa Tilley, PhD Candidate and Teacher in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick
+ Dr Kerem Nisancioglu, Lecturer in International Studies at SOAS University of London.
+ Gurminder K Bhambra, professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick.
More speakers TBA
LUNCH (included in the ticket price!)
“Woke” is the colloquial word for being enlightened, decolonised and for thinking outside of established norms. We will be hosting 4 different Wokeshops for our participants to choose from on a range of different topics.
+ The Self-Care Wokeshop
+ Student Activism: Rhodes Must Fall Oxford
+ Representation and Mentorship in Academia
+ The African School taster-session: Somalia - Land of Scholars.
Panel 2: “Building Your Own House”
This panel aims to discuss ways in which liberation in labour is possible outside of the narrow norms of institutional white academia. Our panelists are all knowledge-producers on the borderlines of the White establishment, and they will guide us to their work for liberation as well as give us tools and tips on how to "build our own houses" and liberate our minds.
+ Habeeb Akande: noted author, film-maker and speaker.
+ Natty Mark Samuels: Founder of the African School, a cultural educational project and poet.
+ Halimah Manan: editor of Gal-Dem Magazine, a writing platform for women of colour.
+ Gena-mour Barrett: Junior Staff writer at Buzzfeed.
+ Karina Karunwi: Student, blogger and photographer.
We will sign a pledge of decolonisation, promising to follow up on the work of the conference in our everyday lives, in our academia and our workplaces. This will be followed by a drinks reception.
Join us today and #decoloniseWARwick