Decolonisation of higher education: some stories

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
University of Bristol
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This event is part of the University of Bristol School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series.

Speaker: Dr Budd Hall, University of Victoria, Canada

Decolonisation of higher education has emerged as a critical discussion and a call to action over the past several years. In South Africa, students have shone a light on universities that are located in a majority Black country but where the curriculum has remained constructed from mostly white male European scholars. In Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Report of 2016, unveiled an historic record of cultural genocide in part through structures of residential schools. It calls on higher education institutions to decolonise the curriculum, in this case through the introduction of both Indigenous content as well as Indigenous ways of knowing. Boaventura de Sousa Santos writes about epistemicide, the way in which Euro-centric knowledge has spread throughout the world killing Indigenous and local ancient knowledge systems in its path.

Budd’s talk will cover some of the contemporary discourse of decolonization as well as will share stories on some of the ways that people are moving forward in terms of more democratic approaches to knowledge.