Decolonising (the curriculum) as a tick-box exercise? – Challenges and resistances towards decolonialising initiatives within the university

24 February, 1-2.30pm GMT


A commitment to ‘decolonisation’ is becoming an increasingly ‘mainstream’ objective within the spaces of Higher Education. So what does this mean in practice to students and staff tasked with acting on this agenda?

Dr. Laura Loyola-Hernández, Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) Fellow and Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Leeds, UK set out to answer this question. Whereas there is a tendency to presume that Universities are inherently well-placed to embrace what we might term more ‘progressive’ ideas, what she found instead were wide-ranging concerns that raise crucial questions about what it means in reality for Universities to commit to a ‘decolonisation’ agenda.

Dr. Giti Chandra, Research Specialist in the Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme at the University of Iceland, is engaged in similar conversations around decolonisation in Nordic universities, and will act as a Discussant.

The session is moderated by Dr. Lata Narayanaswamy, COST DecolDEV Co-Chair


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