Decolonising Academia: Realisation and Beyond
In this seminar series ‘Decolonising Academia: Realisation and Beyond’, we focus on what ‘decolonisation’—a term that has gained much traction in recent times and has generated various critique—entails in academia, and the role of academics in challenging colonial structures that form the foundations of the modern world. This seminar series is organised by PhD researchers in International Development and Politics: Francesca Chiu, Touseef Mir, and Moé Suzuki, supported by the School of International Development and the University of Sanctuary.
Decolonisation: Meaning and significance of decolonising academia – Prof. Dibyesh Anand and Dr. Claire Hynes in conversation with PhD Researcher Touseef Mir
26 November 2020, 12pm-1pm
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The second session of this series will focus on the meaning and significance of ‘decolonisation’, and why academia in general and academics in particular should care about it. We invite Prof. Dibyesh Anand from the University of Westminster and Dr. Claire Hynes from UEA to discuss the theme in conversation with Touseef Mir, PhD researcher in International Development at UEA.
Professor Dibyesh Anand is the Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Westminster and the Co-Chair of Westminster BME Network as well as EDI Committee. He identifies as queer in personal and political terms. Dibyesh is passionate about challenging the divide between academia and activism and believes in embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of life.
Dr. Claire Hynes is a lecturer in Literature & Creative Writing at the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia. She has worked in the Creative Industries as news editor for The Voice newspaper, BBC television producer, and writer for national newspapers, and is the recipient of Creative Industry awards including George Viner Memorial Award for Journalism.
Ms. Yuen Chan and Prof. Anshuman Mondal in conversation with PhD Researcher Francesca Chiu
22nd October, 12pm-1pm
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In this first seminar, we focus on The Politics of Being Apolitical. What does it mean to engage in politics as academics, and in academia? How might ‘non-engagement’ or claims about being ‘neutral’ serve as a form of politics in itself? We invite Ms. Yuen Chan from City, University of London and Prof. Anshuman Mondal from UEA to discuss this theme, in conversation with Francesca Chiu, PhD researcher in International Development at UEA.
Ms. Yuen Chan is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Journalism at the City, University of London. She is a journalist who has worked in print, television and radio as a reporter, anchor and presenter and columnist in Hong Kong and China.
Prof. Anshuman Mondal is the Professor of Modern Literature, specialising in post-colonial studies. He is the Chair of the Postcolonial Studies Association.