Am I really planning on decolonising with the master's tools? (online)
In this lecture, Dr Sahra Taylor will reconsider and re-engage with the legacies and continual realities of the European colonial project.
By considering the recent movement by some universities to institutionalise decolonising academia as essentially restricted to ‘tweaking modules’ and ‘diversifying the reading list’, Sahra sets out to reconceptualise the problem of colonial academia as systemic, systematised, deliberately bureaucratic and obfuscatory, ideological, a fundamental aspect of the structure of academia itself, and essentially panopticon in nature that we as academics, scholars and professional staff cannot help but be complicit in.
From there, Sahra will draw on Audre Lorde and Hannah Arendt to inform and channel a way to re-frame an understanding of the situation, and propose one of many possible approaches to starting to move beyond helplessly reproducing colonial logics in higher education.
Dr Sahra Taylor is a public speaker and visiting lecturer at City, University of London where she teaches across the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
Travel and Contact Information
Hybrid, in-person location TBC.