Diversity/Decolonisation Talk

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Date(s) - 24/11/2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Anthropology Dept. AP 367


Dr. Kelly Gillespie, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Wordliness as Decolonization

The foundational demand of the new student movement that emerged at South African universities in 2015 is the decolonisation of education and the university. For some this has seemed an anachronistic demand, drawing on an older register of politics from the struggles for independence from colonial rule 1940s-60s. Yet the students’ invocation of the term has been an attempt to define not only an ongoing colonial paradigm in curriculum and knowledge production at universities, but also to diagnose a problem in the relationship between university and the social context in which it operates. Conversations about how to respond to this demand have been varied, but one rich seam of conversation has been to interpret decolonisation as a claim on worldliness, on how disciplinary and departmental life can open into a different kind of relationship with students’ lives, with the social contexts in which the university as institution functions, and with anti-hegemonic practice.

 Co-organized with the Development Seminar series; Katharine Rankin, UofT, Geography 


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