The Times: University pledges to ‘decolonise’ degrees after listening to students

By Saskia Kerkvliet|February 21, 2018|In the Media|0 comments

21 February, 2018 by Nicola Woolcock “A leading university is ‘decolonising’ its curriculums as part of a culture shift, its director revealed yesterday. “Baroness Amos, the Labour life peer who runs the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London, said it had established a working group on decolonisation and was listening to the perspectives of students. “Oxford University changed its history degree to include a compulsory examination on

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The Telegraph: Students must have the right to avoid talks which offend them, university chief says

By Saskia Kerkvliet|February 20, 2018|In the Media|0 comments

20 February 2018 by Camilla Turner “Students must have the right to avoid talks which offend them, the UK’s first female black university leader has said. “Universities should uphold free speech but in a way that is sensitive to the needs of students who have had ‘painful and difficult experiences’, according to Baroness Amos, who is Director of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas). “Speaking at a Higher

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The Telegraph: Cambridge to ‘decolonise’ English literature

By Saskia Kerkvliet|October 24, 2017|In the Media|0 comments

24 October, 2017 by Camilla Turner “Cambridge University’s English Literature professors could replace white authors with black writers, following proposals put forward by academic staff in response to student demands to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum. “For the first time, lecturers and tutors would have to ‘ensure the presence’ of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) writers on their course, under plans discussed by the English Faculty’s Teaching Forum. “The University denies there are

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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 Guardian: Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers?

By Saskia Kerkvliet|February 19, 2017|In the Media|0 comments

19 February, 2017 by Kenan Malik “‘They Kant be serious!’, spluttered the Daily Mail headline in its most McEnroe-ish tone. ‘PC students demand white philosophers including Plato and Descartes be dropped from university syllabus’. ‘Great thinkers too male and pale, students declare’, trumpeted the Times. The Telegraph, too, was outraged: “They are said to be the founding fathers of western philosophy, whose ideas underpin civilised society. But students at a

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

By Saskia Kerkvliet|January 18, 2017|Learning and Teaching Resources|0 comments

By Dr Meera Sabaratnam You may have recently read false news reports that SOAS students have called for the removal of white philosophers such as Plato and Kant from their reading lists. It bears repeating that these reports are untrue – they are calling for a greater representation of non-European thinkers, as well as better historical awareness of the contexts in which scholarly knowledge has been produced. This is part

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Al Jazeera: UK students push for more non-white thinkers on courses

By Saskia Kerkvliet|January 13, 2017|In the Media|0 comments

  13 January 2017 by Shafik Mandhai “London, England – Students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) have launched a campaign to include more African and non-European thinkers on their courses. “The ‘Decolonising SOAS’ campaign aims to address a dearth in non-European thinkers on the institute’s curriculum and to more critically examine European thinkers and their ideas on race. “Administrators at the college, which is part of

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The Guardian: Soas students have a point. Philosophy degrees should look beyond white Europeans

By Saskia Kerkvliet|January 10, 2017|In the Media|0 comments

10 January, 2017 by Tom Whyman “We all know what students are like nowadays, don’t we? Special snowflakes who can’t cope with the real world, who refuse to venture out of their safe spaces to learn anything, who are so achingly PC they won’t even let their institutions serve sushi in the cafeteria. When they’re not wasting their lives on social media or fighting for a fairer world for all,

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The Independent: SOAS students call for ‘white philosophers to be dropped from curriculum’

By Saskia Kerkvliet|January 8, 2017|In the Media|0 comments

8 January, 2017 by Lucy Pasha-Robinson “Students at University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are calling for white philosophers to be largely removed from the curriculum to better represent the university’s focus on Asia and Africa. “As part of the student union’s ‘educational priorities’ for 2017, students outlined ways to “address the structural and epistemological legacy of colonialism within our university” as part of an initiative

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