Meera Sabaratnam on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme

By Meera Sabaratnam|February 18, 2019|In the Media|0 comments

On 18th February 2019 Meera Sabaratnam, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Chair of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group was on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. She was interviewed by presenter John Humphrys about what it can mean to decolonise. You can listen to the audio here:

The Guardian: Students want their curriculums decolonised. Are universities listening?

By Saskia Kerkvliet|January 30, 2019|In the Media|0 comments

30 January 2019 By Harriet Swain “When students at the University of Cambridge called two years ago for more non-white writers and postcolonial thought to be included in their English curriculum, there was a backlash. Lola Olufemi, who led the call, became the target of online abuse after one report wrongly suggested it meant replacing white authors with black ones. Sam Gyimah, the then universities minister, later appeared to weigh

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BBC Newsnight: Should controversial statues be removed?

By Saskia Kerkvliet|August 21, 2017|In the Media|0 comments

21 August 2017 with Kirsty Wark BBC Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark discusses the question of whether controversial statues should be removed or kept as a reminder of the past with Historian Tim Stanley and Dr Rahul Rao, Senior Lecturer in Politics at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

The Decolonising SOAS Working Group – Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

By Guest Author|June 29, 2020|In the Media|0 comments

As SOAS staff members of The Decolonising SOAS Working Group, we stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protestors around the world. We are appalled by the brutal murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by the US police and strongly condemn racism in all its forms. We recognise that this event has directly affected and traumatised Black students, students who have already suffered as a result of the disproportionate

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PODCAST: Understanding Decolonization, and China’s Response to Coronavirus

By Guest Author|April 14, 2020|In the Media|0 comments

Decolonising SOAS Working Group Chair, Meera Sabaratnam, took part in Chatham House’s podcast, Undercurrents. Meera was interviewed alongside Tristram Hunt about decolonisation, the role of civic institutions in re-thinking the legacies of the British Empire and how to break down colonial power structures. You can listen to the podcast here

Criposium: Call for Submissions

By Maya Goodfellow|April 14, 2020|Events|0 comments

The Criposium is a collaboration between King’s College London Disability+Intersectionality reading group and SOAS Crip Feminist reading group. It is also supported by the Decolonising SOAS Working Group. It is a public symposium taking place on two Saturdays: 6th June and 13th June. We are currently seeking submissions to the event from scholars, artists and activists – details can be found here The Criposium draws on this disruptive quality of

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Call for papers: Decolonising film and screen studies

By Maya Goodfellow|January 13, 2020|Research Practice|0 comments

Call For Papers Decolonising Film and Screen Studies A Screen Worlds Open Access edited volume “… you cannot mobilize a movement that is only and always against; you must have a positive alternative, a vision of a better future that can motivate people to sacrifice their time and energy toward its realization.” Obioma Nnaemeka, “Nego-feminism: Theorizing, Practicing, and Pruning Africa’s Way”, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 29.2

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Conversation Event Report: Applying a Decolonial Lens to Research Structures, Norms and Practices in Higher Education Institutions

By Guest Author|December 11, 2019|Research Practice|0 comments

On 18th September 2019 a conversation event was held at SOAS University of London to discuss research practices in higher education institutions from a decolonial point of view. A report has been written about the event, summarising what was discussed. You can read that report here. The event emerged from concerns about the changing funding landscape in recent years, and the role of research offices in research development practices, especially

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VIDEO: Decolonising the University: A Struggle for Our Times – Mead Lecture 2019

By Maya Goodfellow|December 9, 2019|In the Media|0 comments

In the Autumn of 2019, Decolonising SOAS Working Group Chair, Meera Sabaratnam, gave the Mead Lecture at Trinity College, Connecticut. The lecture was entitled “Decolonising the University: A Struggle for Our Times”. Below is a video of the lecture, as well as a description. Campaigns to ‘decolonise the university’ have spread rapidly around the world over the past five years – a spread which shows no sign of slowing down. Alongside

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VIDEO: What is racism, and how do we over come it?

By Maya Goodfellow|October 15, 2019|In the Media|0 comments

On Monday, 14 October 2019, Decolonising SOAS hosted a panel event entitled ‘What is racism, and how do we over come it?’. Below is the video of the event, as well as the event description and list of speakers. Over the past few years, racism – and how we should understand it – has increasingly been debated in the public domain. Some conversation has been focussed on what actually constitutes racism,

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