Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Uncomfortable Pedagogy: decolonising and diversifying sociology, politics and international relations

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone
  • Current students - undergraduate
  • Current students - postgraduate taught
  • Current students - postgraduate research
  • Academic community


303, JHBB, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


This event has been postponed. Information about the re-scheduling will be provided soon.

This event is dedicated to emerging discussions in academia about decolonising and diversifying our curricula in the disciplines of Sociology, Politics and International Relations. Doing so reveals uncomfortable truths about ourselves and the world, and can - or perhaps should - make us uncomfortable in the classroom. Moreover, there are also dangers and challenges in the potentially stereotypical criteria we use to diversify and decolonise.

Our broad range of speakers will address how these issues relate to teaching practices and organising in their institutions, reforming curricula, and local campaigns. Our speaker from 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.


  • Dr. Kerem Nişancioğlu, Lecturer in IR from the SOAS, University of London, involved in the Decolonising our Minds Society, author of How the West Came to Rule: the geopolitical origins of capitalism (Pluto, 2015)
  • 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
  • Annie Teriba, graduate in IR and Politics from the University of Oxford, member of Oxford Rhodes Must Fall campaign and involved in curriculum reforms
  • Mend Mariwany, Media Diversified, Middle East and North Africa writer and editor, co-founder of Bare Lit Festival