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!
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 https://criposium.wordpress.com/. The Criposium draws on this disruptive quality of
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
Conversation Event Report: Applying a Decolonial Lens to Research Structures, Norms and Practices in Higher Education Institutions
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
Heritage Corner was on the the successful applicants of the Decolonising SOAS Public Engagement and Outreach Fund. Below is the report from them about the work they do. Heritage Corner is a Leeds based public engagement project, founded in 2014 to disseminate African and Transatlantic narratives with Yorkshire connections. This is done through academia, research, arts, education and community projects by building strategic partnerships. The impetus for this project is
In June a workshop took place with financial help from the Decolonising SOAS Public Engagement and Outreach Fund. Below is the report from The Asociación de Madres y Padres Latinos en UK, the group awarded the money to hold the workshop. Workshop Dates: Friday, 14th June, 4 – 6.30pm: Introduction to storytelling / narrative techniques: How do I write a documentary film script, what themes can I explore? / Pitching a theme
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,
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.
Applying a Decolonial Lens to Research Structures, Norms and Practices in Higher Education Institutions
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.
The Migrant Connections Collective was awarded money as part of the Decolonising SOAS Engagement and Outreach Grant. The below is a report written by The Migrant Connections Collective on the event that was funded using this money. The Migrant Connections Collective was founded in 2017 by a group of volunteers with a migrant background who had experienced, and were familiar with the issues faced by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. We