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.

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 Mean 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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Vizazi contemporary visual culture of Tanzania

By Guest Author|August 27, 2019|Events|0 comments

This post was written by Elsbeth Court In July, a public screening and workshop took place with financial help from the Decolonising SOAS. Below is the convenor’s report for Vizazi Contemporary Visual Culture of Tanzania.  The two events to share and consider developments in Tanzania’s visual culture were motivated by separate conversations early in the new year with two emerging scholars. Their ongoing research projects resonated with my post-university experience in the decolonization

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The Guardian: Black academics bear brunt of university work on race equality

By Maya Goodfellow|July 2, 2019|In the Media|0 comments

By Harriet Swain “Earlier this year, Maxine Thomas-Asante asked her university if she could pause her work supporting black, Asian and minority ethnic students. She was running for office at her students’ union, finishing coursework and preparing for her final exams. “I had to say I’m going to take a break.” For the past two years, Thomas-Asante, co-president for democracy and education at Soas University of London student union, has

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Research reflexivity in the current governance framework: Problematising trends and reconsidering the meaning of research ethics in ‘cultural translation’

By Romina Istratii|June 3, 2019|Research Practice|0 comments

Recently the University of Sheffield organised a two-day workshop to explore best practice for research ethics when conducting research in the global South, the new ‘umbrella term’ referring to countries that fall outside of Euro-America and where much international development research takes place. The organisers were also interested in raising more awareness about the UKRI’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and its consequences, a funding scheme directly tied to UK

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