Tuesday, 26. March 2019, Film and Television Studies, Decolonising the Academy at the University of Glasgow

from 26. March 2019 - 10:00 till 17:00

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Decolonising the Academy at the University of Glasgow
Symposium & Workshop 
Film and Television Studies, Gilmorehill Halls, 9 University Avenue 
Tuesday 26 March 2019, 10am-5pm
An ArtsLab funded College-wide Research Theme
You are warmly invited to this one-day symposium and workshop which will draw on recent debates focused on decolonising the academy, such as #WhyIsMyCurriculumWhite and #RhodesMustFall, to offer a platform for proactively critiquing Eurocentric teaching and research methodologies within the arts and humanities and establishing strategies for decolonised teaching and research.
SYMPOSIUM:
Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Halls, 9 University Avenue, 10am-12.45pm
10.00am-10.15am – Introduction and welcome
10.15am-10.45am - Broken Histories: Decolonising Postcolonial Studies – Dr Rashmi Varma, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
10.45am-11.15am - Dismantling Racism in Higher Education - Dr Jason Arday, University of Warwick
11.15am-11.45am - Interrogating Epistemic Privilege in Feminist Classrooms: A Tale of (In)Visible Others and Intersectional Pedagogy – Dr Radhika Govinda, University of Edinburgh
11.45am – 12.45 – Panel discussion with all speakers
WORKSHOP: Incorporating positionality and lived experience into the classroom
Room 408, Gilmorehill Halls, 9 University Avenue, 2pm-5pm

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In this three-hour workshop, presented by artist, researcher and diversity consultant Camille Barton, participants will explore their relationship to privilege, question dominant forms of knowledge production and learn strategies to support students with marginalised backgrounds in the classroom. The workshop is experiential, comprised of a variety of group exercises, discussion circles and active listening to explore this material with a compassionate and sensitive approach. Places are limited.
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FURTHER DETAILS: 
SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Halls, 9 University Avenue, 10am-12.45pm
10.00am-10.15am – Introduction and welcome
10.15am-10.45am - Broken Histories: Decolonising Postcolonial Studies – Dr Rashmi Varma, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
My talk will address the historical context in which postcolonial studies emerged in the Euro-American academy in the 1980s and 1990s. It will critically examine it as an early project of decolonising the academy and the ways in which it remained limited in its ambitions. In light of such a critique, how can we assess the twenty-first century movements of decolonising the academy and its curriculum? What are the lessons learnt and unlearnt? Casting a critical eye on the contemporary conjuncture of decoloniality as an intellectual and political movement, neoliberalism and its attendant crises and the ascendance of retrograde authoritarian populisms globally, the talk will attempt to suggest some new openings into decoloniality.  
Dr Rashmi Varma teaches English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick in the UK. She is the author of The Postcolonial City and its Subjects (2011) and of the forthcoming Modern Tribal: Representing Indigeneity in Postcolonial India. She has published numerous essays on postcolonial and feminist theory, activism and literature. She lives in London and has been a member of Awaaz-South Asia Watch and Women Against Fundamentalism. She is an editorial collective member of the journal Feminist Dissent.
10.45am-11.15am - Dismantling Racism in Higher Education - Dr Jason Arday, University of Warwick
Understanding the centrality of racism within a higher education context has become pertinent in attempting to ascertain patterns of discrimination, marginalisation and subordination. This becomes a particularly important consideration as we begin to challenge some of the racialized and normative orthodoxies that pervade within the Academy. Many of the challenges we **** concerning racial inequality are predominantly situated within the context of Whiteness and the power and privilege that often accompanies this. This talk will address issues which consider notions of ‘otherness’ and illegitimacy for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic academics (BAME) within the Academy, with particular reference to how universities perpetuate racial inequality through poor diversification of academic workforces and senior leaders.
Furthermore, this talk will consider the persistence of structural racism and how it functions through vehicles and canons such as dominant Eurocentric curricula and racial micro-aggressions. Considerations will also explore how the Academy continuously marginalises, oppresses and disadvantages Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic university students within its inherently white Higher Education institutions. Finally, this talk will conclude with how we can all take collective responsibility for Decolonising the Academy.
Dr Jason Arday is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick in the Centre for Education Studies, a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading Race Equality Thinktank. Jason’s research focuses on Race, Education and Social Justice. He is the Co-Editor of two policy publications with Professor Claire Alexander (University of Manchester) and Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) which have been disseminated within UK Parliament from the Runnymede Perspectives collection funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); Aiming Higher: Race, Inequality and Diversity in the Academy (February, 2015) and The Runnymede School Report Race: Education and Inequality in Contemporary Britain (September, 2015). He has also completed a report for University and College Union (UCU) entitled Exploring Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Doctoral Students’ perceptions of a career in Academia: Experiences, Perceptions and Career Progression published in June 2017.
11.15am-11.45am - Interrogating Epistemic Privilege in Feminist Classrooms: A Tale of (In)Visible Others and Intersectional Pedagogy – Dr Radhika Govinda, University of Edinburgh
This paper is a critical personal narrative reflecting on what it means for me, as a feminist academic of colour from the South, to participate in the project of decolonising the academy. The classroom is a key site for my de-colonial practice. I discuss the relevance and use of intersectional pedagogy in my attempts at questioning institutionalised white bias in the curriculum and decolonising what are pre-dominantly white feminist classrooms in which I am often the only obvious ‘other’. I delve into the dilemmas that I am confronted with while ‘teaching to transgress’ in this way to ‘Western eyes’, and the impact this has on my own sense of subjectivity in the academy. I locate this auto-ethnographic account in the ongoing global conceptual and political debates on interrogating epistemic privilege and on the neo-liberalisation of higher education.
Dr Radhika Govinda is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She has an MA from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her research and teaching interests bridge the fields of gender, international development and political sociology. Her work focuses on gender politics at the intersections of caste, class, race/ethnicity and religion in women’s and social movements, in development policies and practice, in everyday social relations in rural and urban spaces, and in the global dynamics of knowledge production. Dr Govinda’s research has been published in Modern Asian Studies, Contemporary South Asia, Gender and Development, and the Indian Journal of Gender Studies, among others. She is the UK lead on a UK-India Educational Research Initiative (UKIERI) funded project entitled, ‘Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives: Questions of Identity, Pedagogy and Violence in India and the UK’ (2017-2019), which seeks to contribute to ongoing debates on intersectional pedagogy and decolonising feminist knowledge production.
11.45am – 12.45 – Panel discussion with all speakers
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WORKSHOP: Incorporating positionality and lived experience into the classroom
Room 408, Gilmorehill Halls, 9 University Avenue2pm to 5pm
Please note that workshop places are limited
In this three-hour workshop, participants will explore their relationship to privilege, question dominant forms of knowledge production and learn strategies to support students with marginalised backgrounds in the classroom. The workshop is experiential, comprised of a variety of group exercises, discussion circles and active listening to explore this material with a compassionate and sensitive approach. Places are limited.
Workshop highlights: 


Experiental exercises, including a privilege line. 


Key concepts explored: Hierarchy of knowledge, banking model of education (Paulo Freire), white privilege, unconscious bias, microaggressions w/examples from daily life. 


The bigger picture: how knowledge production in the academy relates to colonial practises and the current political climate. 


Strategies to adapt teaching methods to incorporate positionality. 


Space for discussions and questions.


Camille Barton is an artist, researcher and diversity consultant. She is the founding director of the Collective Liberation Project, an organisation that provides consultancy and training about oppression, including racism and sexism, in order to generate strategies to transform oppressive behaviour in organisations. Camille has worked with clients including Quakers in Britain, The Labour Party, The University of Sussex, SOAS, Sandberg Institute, The Arts Marketing Association and Sunday Assembly London.
 
 


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