Past Events from October 31, 2018 - July 17, 2020


Decolonial Transformations

Falmer Campus, University of Sussex Village Way, Brighton, United Kingdom

Decolonial Transformations: Imagining, Practising, Collaborating. A space for conversations and collaborations around the theme of Decolonial Transformations.

£ 10.00

Dr Gurnam Singh, The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Student Attainment Gap: What is it, why does it exist and what can be done to overcome it?

Djam Lecture Theatre SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, London, United Kingdom

From being seen of marginal concern, over the past 10 years, the existence of a significant attainment gap between white and ‘Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) undergraduate students is now high on the agenda for most UK universities, but especially those institutions that have an ethnically diverse student body. As well as providing an overview of the nature and scale of ‘the problem’, this presentation will critically explore some of the ways in which BME attainment been theorised ranging from, student deficit, a product of unconscious bias, institutional/structural racism, and colonial curriculum. The presentation will end by offering a range of strategies for addressing the problem.


Decolonising the curriculum: what’s all the fuss about?

Birkbeck College Room B04, Birkbeck Main Building, Birkbeck College, Malet St, London, London, United Kingdom

Professor Gurminder Bhambra and Dr Meera Sabaratnam, will speak on their experience of both the theory and practice of ‘decolonising the curriculum’. Professor Bhambra recently co-edited the publication ‘Decolonising the University ’, which considers the historical and disciplinary context of the decolonising the university movement, and includes contributions offering practical suggestions and discussion of broader theoretical questions.

Decolonisation: not just a buzzword…

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London, London, United Kingdom

This headphone verbatim ‘work in progress’ show captures campus conversations about how SOAS is seeking to challenge its founding imperial purpose and deliver its vision to decolonise the education sector.


Applying a Decolonial Lens to Research Structures, Norms and Practices in Higher Education Institutions

Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Global research in humanities and social sciences around the world has been historically embedded in a dominant Anglo-American theoretical framework that has favoured its own traditions of knowledge generation, validation and scope, reflecting hierarchical relations rooted in the colonial past. In recent years, ethnocentric and racialised paradigms of knowledge have been profoundly challenged in different contexts, reflecting on movements to decolonise curricula, pedagogy and theoretical thinking. However, much less attention has been given to the structural and institutionalised mechanisms of research development, funding and dissemination and how these may or may not be conducive to the diversification and decolonisation of knowledge production in the world.

What is racism, and how do we overcome it?

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London, London, United Kingdom

Bringing together a number of thinkers who are active in anti-racism work - including but not limited to anti-Blackness, Islamophobia and antisemitism - this panel will explore how we define racism and how we can challenge it. 

EVENT: On #BlackLivesMatter #BritainIsNotInnocent

On #BlackLivesMatter #BritainIsNotInnocent Time and date: Friday 17 July, 3-5pm GMT In light of recent anti-Black violence at the hands of the American state, the world has erupted in protest against systemic racism. The Black Lives Matter movement, which was a fringe organization over the past decade, is now leading the charge and discussions about defunding the police. At SOAS we know that silence is violence. Objectively, Black Lives Matter!

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