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Decolonising Education from Theory to Praxis – Seminar two: Conceptualising decolonisation as praxis

June 9, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A BILT/CBH/UNESCO Global Chair/Bristol Conversations in Education Seminar series.

The aim of this online seminar is to set out our initial understanding of decolonisation as praxis. We will return to reconsider this understanding in the conclusion. The seminar will run from 1 – 2:30pm (last 30 mins is for discussion).

This online seminar is an opportunity to collaboratively interrogate the meaning of decolonisation as praxis. Reflecting the discussion on the meaning of decolonisation in the upcoming volume, Decolonising Education: From Theory to Praxis, the seminar will engage with the analysis by supporting discussion on:

Global and contemporary themes in the decolonising debate, as it has manifested in different geographical and temporal locations.

The typology of decolonising, including framing decolonising education in relation to a genealogy of anti-colonial and postcolonial thinking about colonialism, and education’s role as a site of struggle and resistance in the colonial project.

Decolonisation as praxis in education, drawing from critical pedagogy and its focus on the reciprocal and dialectical relationship between theory and practice, while remaining very much situated in specific contexts and structures of power.

The seminar and subsequent chapter will seek to advance framing decolonisation as an epistemic intervention that seeks to challenge the unspoken assumptions which we currently practice with respect to the question of knowledge. For example, to what extent do our extant intellectual practices remain rooted in the coloniality of power?  What does it mean to ‘decentre’ the colonial epistemology such that it becomes merely one epistemic tradition amongst many that we platform in our teaching and learning.

The conversation will also provide an opportunity to reflect on the mainstreaming of decolonising discourse and its increasing use as a metaphor, its conflation with diversification and the occulting of conversations around structures of power and violence.

Joining the seminar

You will be sent the joining link close to the date, the seminar will run from 1 – 2:30pm (last 30 mins is for discussion)


Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching
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