Uncomfortable Pedagogy: Diversifying and Decolonising Curricula in Politics, Sociology and International Relations

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Uncomfortable Pedagogy: Diversifying and Decolonising Curricula in Politics, Sociology and International Relations

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB 408, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


On Friday 17 February 2017, 12-1.30pm in JHB 408, students, academics and writers will discuss in an open roundtable format the issue of decolonising and diversifying curricula in the disciplines of Sociology, Politics and International Relations. What does this mean, and how does it affect us?

Decolonising and diversifying curricula is becoming a subject of intense public debate, as was the case recently with efforts at SOAS (see report and commentary). Doing this reveals uncomfortable truths about ourselves and the world, and can - or perhaps should - make us uncomfortable in the classroom. This produces inevitable challenges that require debate and discussion.

Our broad range of speakers will address how these issues relate to teaching practices and organising in our institutions. Mend Mariwani from Skin Deep Magazine and previously Media Diversified - a ground-breaking media outlet for writers of colour – will contribute to taking these issues outside the classroom and discuss the emergence of the project and how it relates to producing decolonised and diversified knowledge, resources, and work opportunities.

All staff and students are welcome!

Please look at the attached poster and slide and help us publicise the event on social media and in your networks and societies.

We hope to see many of you there, and the meeting will be very open to audience participation. We will also be live streaming and recording the event, which you can watch at https://www.facebook.com/brookes.socialsciences/.

Mend Mariwany, writer and editor at Skin Deep Magazine, and co-founder of Bare Lit, a literature festival for writers of colour. He previously worked as Middle East and North Africa editor at Media Diversified.
Michaela Opoku-Mensah, graduate in Politics and IR from Oxford Brookes and now studying for an MA at the University of Edinburgh in the Centre of African Studies
Claire Vergerio, DPhil Candidate in IR at the University of Oxford involved in curriculum reforms
Dalila Da Silva Lopes, Level 6 Rep for Politics and IR, Oxford Brookes
Dr. Maïa Pal, Lecturer in International Relations, Oxford Brookes (organiser and chair)