The term ‘decolonizing the curriculum’ is of high currency in higher education in the UK and in local students’ unions at these institutions. One of the concerns of the decolonising movement is how curriculum content is dominated by – to name some – white, male, western, capitalist, … the curriculum. that stubbornly maintains the status quo. that happened. see here), we have been examining the praxis of decolonising the curriculum in the context of our research centre.Given how universities are centre of epistemic power and have historically been mechanisms of colonial power, the idea of decolonising a university (and its curriculum) is … the Global South as it does to systems of knowledge that have emerged from Universities, always keen for opportunities to HEADLINE "The tension is palpable in northern Minnesota where a Native-led protest movement is getting ready to square off with Enbridge over the massive Line 3 oil pipeline being built to carry crude from Canada to the Great Lakes." Please check individual images for licensing details. openDemocracy is partnering with the World Forum for Democracy, exploring the relationship between education and democracy. Decolonising the curriculum Calvin Robinson is a school leader in the state sector. past in favour of a re-racialised present. Rather than desperately clinging on to Decolonising the Curriculum Resources As a part of our ongoing reflexive process at People’s Knowledge and at CAWR (e.g. Sancho was one of the key influences on the abolitionist movement. comes with teaching material simply because it has always been taught. Curriculum, refers to as a ‘banking style’ of education that. In South Africa, what are we supposed to do away with when we decolonise the curriculum? The decolonise the curriculum movement, as it’s known, gained momentum in 2015 with the Rhodes Must Fall campaign. Rather all its guises, asks the wrong questions and results in changes that are presentation of all black students as victims of the past masks real but as universal. campaign has called for statues of the imperialist Cecil Rhodes to be torn down All of these things contribute to an attainment gap in degree results between BME and white students that persists even at universities that pride themselves on diversity. as superior, more important for students to know, than other knowledge. If you have any queries about republishing please contact us. promotes a relativism about knowledge that presents the works of different Instead of student who has grown up on a council estate and currently attends a lower Yet universities have always been —and continue to be— profoundly shaped by coloniality and are deeply contradictory sites to advance decolonisation. Students are offered seats at This movement is based on the commitment to decoloniality which contests the violent inequity that results from what is referred to as coloniality. We can only indulge in the narcissistic enterprise of Geography, as a subject, is considered particularly well placed to do this The call to decolonise the curriculum – made by students, social movements and academics in higher education – is a call to take seriously the legacy of colon ialism i n the cu rriculum. The notion of coloniality refers to the ongoing effects of the colonialization in structuring today’s world systems, culture and knowledge systems. “It is accepted in many disciplines that in the past, assumptions regarding racial and civilisational hierarchy informed a lot of thinking about how the world worked, what was worth studying in it and how it should … However, I would argue that the decolonise the curriculum movement, in The Rhodes Must Fall The Black Curriculum is a project I founded which teaches black British history around schools in the UK. The decolonising framework seeks to transform the way we think and approach our science but does not mean we need to rip up and start again! Steve Parsons PA Archive/PA Images. All knowledge is not considered equal. The re-racialising of the It involves: •Confronting the historical roles of European Okay the US was a colony once upon a time but I would think decolonising the curriculum would be more about balancing the curriculum so it included some of the negative things the U.K. did in the colonies, some of the stories and testimonies of people living in those colonies. Decolonise the curriculum asks us to make decisions about While fraught, we turned our discusssion to the role of people based in academy in enabling self-actualization in communities through decolonial approaches to research and learning, rather than ‘feeding’ off them. practice, students campaigning for curricular change often find they are everything not uttered by someone of the same skin colour and preferably gender institutions, the decolonise the curriculum movement is simply confirming mainstream responsible for the massacre of millions in the Congo, was removed last year The decolonising framework seeks to transform the way we think and approach our science but does not mean we need to rip up and start again! Canada), former colonies (e.g. dreamt of a day that people would be judged by the content of their character This So, can universities be decolonised? long history of introducing the destructive impact of colonialism to students, The process of While decolonising the curriculum can mean different things, it includes a fundamental reconsideration of who is teaching, what the subject matter is and how it’s being taught. In terms of tackling structural racism in all its forms there is the work of the Sarah Parker Remond Center at UCL, and the Stephen Lawerence Research Centre at De Montford University. Gus went on to argue that, we must work creatively in universities, but the scope of decoloniality m. the Global North/Global South binary and look, for example, and denied knowledge of their own history, What, for example, is the relationship between colonialism. their own decolonise campaigns, and in the USA there have been campaigns to criticism. or from each other. “Decolonising” a curriculum requires scrutiny of what universities prioritize learning about, the models that they use to learn it, and the classroom culture that is created as a result. against irredeemably racist institutions full of pale, male and stale You can find him on Twitter @calvinrobinson Black Lives Matter, whether addressed as an organic movement or an organised political campaign, offers nothing new to the education debate. prevalence of white males especially on humanities programmes such as philosophy. When monolithic western canon are long gone. demonstrate high levels of student satisfaction that demands are sometimes There are many good reasons to review and change what goes on in Of course, there are many One of the concerns of the decolonising movement is how curriculum content is dominated by – to name some – white, male, western, capitalist, heterosexual, European worldviews. Movements for decoloniality will thus look different and have different, language, tactics, and approaches in settler, As Gus continued to share his insights, he, the institution.” While vital work can be done by, who can begin to prefigure some aspects of a, “bolting on things like reading lists, new pedagogies and other tweaks without addressing the structural power in Universi. Furthermore, promoting the “It was in universities that colonial intellectuals developed theories of racism, popularised discourses that bolstered support for colonial endeavours and provided ethical and intellectual grounds for the dispossession, oppression and domination of colonised subjects.” (Bhambra 2020:5). knowledge – and ultimately the university  They don’t think about it as something that manifests itself in not just through an understanding of the ‘colonial present’ for example in the Individual universities in the UK, such as SOAS and Sussex, have Decolonise the curriculum It is also clear that while coloniality is about world systems (and a global imposition of colonial thought and power), that this manifests in different ways in different places. exploring our individual truths within our personal context. meant arguing for the removal of statues and plaques commemorating Additionally, or in some cases as a starting point, this … different, the intention is the same: to decentralise the western intellectual technique, designed to attract revenue-generating international customers to opportunities to work with engaged students. discussions about curricular content are precisely about differentiating The Saturday School/Supplementary Education movement that has existed in the African Caribbean community since the 1960s is a case in point. Decolonisation should be a process of constant ongoing discussion and reflection. British institutions. Decolonisation is not a metaphor but is about the material struggles for reparation of black and indigenous lands and the lifeworlds of black and indigenous peoples. The content of the curriculum, campaigners argue, continues to literature and philosophy are simply ‘texts’, the specific curricular content departmental committee meetings to ratify new modules and their views on In theory, it is a decolonising project that starts from the premise of re-centring narratives that have been rendered invisible and misrepresented by the structures of … This means not only involving students in the movement to decolonise curricula, teaching and learning but also acknowledging that learning can and should be … History matters. black Oxford student who has been privately educated and is from a wealthy It is not something to toy with in the privileged spaces of academia but is a challenge to those in academia to decenter themselves, to transform the ivory tower and to support the struggles of Black, Indigenous and other People of Color. 1.2 What will decolonising the curriculum involve? Another UK-based example can be highlighted in the, interests of the Global South and people of color in, highlighting the need to decolonize the movement. Shakespeare. than intellectual, diversity. Join the conversation: get our weekly email, We encourage anyone to comment, please consult, to everyday life at institutions like Oxford.” In bringing colonialism out of the That is one of the primary premises of the movement to ‘decolonise the curriculum’. As Gus continued to share his insights, he pointed out that, “Decolonising the curriculum requires decolonising the institution.” While vital work can be done by individuals and groups who can begin to prefigure some aspects of a decolonial curriculum, it should not be seen as “bolting on things like reading lists, new pedagogies and other tweaks without addressing the structural power in Universities that stubbornly maintains the status quo.”. demonstrate they listen to and act upon the student voice, are grateful for from the University of Oxford in the UK and the University of Cape Town in education. Decolonising SOAS is the university’s hub for research, collaboration and information on the decolonisation of higher education institutions. ommunities are already grappling with these issues in concrete ways, Saturday School/Supplementary Education movement. The concept of decolonising the curriculum is not a new one. also be understood as a form of colonialism.”. Sabaratnam, who is also the chair of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group, says decolonising the curriculum “asks us to look at our shared assumptions about how the world is. When this one-way process is dominated by white men (e.g. despite the fact that members of the student council had not voted for its removal. To argue that ‘universal truth’ is a the last vestiges of a traditional curriculum, many academics are all too ready More recently the ‘decolonising the curriculum’ agenda was reignited in South Africa in 2015 with the “Rhodes Must Fall” movement, where students demanded the removal of the statue to the colonialist, Cecil Rhodes, and for indigenous knowledge to be placed on an equal footing in the curriculum with that from the global north. In light of recent high-profile cases of racial injustice in the media, and growing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, our students are demanding and deserve these changes. To broadly situate its political and methodological coor-dinates, ‘decolonising’ has two key referents. TITLE: DECOLONISING THE CURRICULUM; TRANSFORMING THE UNIVERSITY: A DISCURSIVE PERSPECTIVE AUTHOR: DR. TRUNETTE R. JOSEPH ABSTRACT Central to the recent anti-colonial protests of the #FeesMustFall movement for change and decolonising the curriculum has been the discourse of black pain, institutional racism and Eurocentrism in universities. Recent ‘decolonising the curriculum’ movements have called for Higher Education to rethink how it engages with diversity and colonialism in its lectures … On the one hand, it is about recognizing and dismantling how coloniality shapes knowledge and academia. international curriculum represents academics’ embarrassment at attempts to as me is entirely alien. In this regard, rather than posing a challenge to suggests black students are uniquely vulnerable and lacking in resilience. Click here to access our own current ‘resource list’ on Decolonising Universities and Curriculum. Is there/what is the difference between diversifying and improving the curriculum? In discussing the pedagogy of decoloniality, human rights and anti-racism leader Gus John, provided some preliminary remarks to our interactive workshop. university and knowledge assumed by the decolonise movement extends into its The movement to decolonize the curriculum, and the identity politics that informs it, comes at an odd time geopolitically. and when most readings and resources in the curriculum are au, thored by white men, it reflects a cultural hegemony that, at a workshop held at the Centre for Agro, cology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, , we have been reflexively working through our own, In discussing the pedagogy of decoloniality, h, iminary remarks to our interactive workshop, we can create a learning community with these perspectives a, students and staff so they feel confident to, and experiences that they are often told to, here are a range of black-led interventions and processes underway that have generated, useful points of reference and learning for anyone interested in engaging with/in, While there are many important examples emerging, a few that we have, Black Studies undergraduate at Birmingham City University, campaign at Goldsmith University. Decolonising the curriculum in English Studies. This was one of the questions discussed at a workshop held at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University as a part of Black History Month. In fact, the apparent The term ‘decolonizing the curriculum’ is of high currency in higher education in the UK and in local students’ unions at these institutions. So keen are universities to – in a most regressive way. “decolonizing the curriculum means creating spaces and resources for a dialogue among all members of the university on how to imagine and envision all cultures and knowledge systems in the curriculum, and with respect to what is being taught and how it frames the … That is one of the primary premises of the movement to ‘decolonise the curriculum’. De-colonising the University Curriculum is a recent radical student movement, which started in South Africa (2011), and challenged this status quo. … in Africa) and in European countries (e.g. Black History Matters and it shapes the present and the future. Misconception 1 – White Western authors will be silenced “It was in universities that colonial intellectuals developed theories of racism, discourses that bolstered support for colonial, and provided ethical and intellectual grounds for the dispossession, oppression and domination of, Today, western epistemologies hold a monopoly in Universities, white male bodies are dominant in positions of power and, the burden for calling out and addressing ‘, diversity and inclusion’ is often shouldered by black and ethnic minorities and women. operate in diverse cultural environments”. The growth of movements like ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ and ‘Building an Anti-Racist Classroom/University’ across the world provides an opportunity to link, not equate, race and caste debates in order to dismantle connected ideologies of white supremacy and brahminical patriarchy. The closer knowledge is to Euro-centric and Enlightenment-focused view of the world. In 2019, hey published an open letter to Extinction Rebellion highlighting the need to decolonize the movement and bring issues of class, racism and capitalism into the foreground. co-founder of Rhodes Must Fall at Oxford, argues this point clearly: “A lot of see here), we have been examining the praxis of decolonising the curriculum in the context of our research centre. This article is written based on reflective workshop as a part of Black History Month at the Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. than promoting cultural capital, many academics now prefer to inculcate skills. He articulated how people and communities are already grappling with these issues in concrete ways and are in the thick of struggles for decolonisation (even if they don’t call them that). Decolonizing the curriculum is both deconstructive and transformative. This is sadly an example of the misconceptions around the discussion of decolonising the curriculum – in which the efforts to do so are undermined and demonised. While there are many important examples emerging, a few that we have been learning from in the UK include: the Black Studies undergraduate at Birmingham City University the Decolonising SOAS vision, the decolonising knowledge and power summer school in Barcelona and student decolonising campaign at Goldsmith University. hat has existed in the African Caribbean community since the 1960s is a case in point. contesting what is important for students to know at any point in time is one Eg my kids primary school did this when they learnt about early nursing. the same credence to metaphysical and transcendental systems of knowledge from uncritically imbibe great books or enculturating a new generation into a A group of sixth formers from London are campaigning to change the way British colonial history is taught on the National Curriculum. the curriculum is often taken up in universities in intellectual ways, of black and indigenous peoples. In reality, the are deeply contradictory sites to advance. What impact does this movement have on education and learning? legacy’ of colonialism. it should be of a place in the curriculum. SOAS is explicit in its demand that the university should “grant Western Europe.” This is a demand that judgements about the worth of knowledge presents a degraded view of black students. Decolonising the curriculum is not an end, but the beginning of a longer process of transformation.’ There have of course been similar pieces in newspapers such as the Guardian and the Los Angeles Times as well as The Conversation. view of black students. Indeed, that is the locus of decolonisation, not in the privileged bodies and halls (or Zoom calls) of academia. Read more here. Movements for decoloniality will thus look different and have different language, tactics, and approaches in settler-colonial states (e.g. 9th December 2020 at 9:16am. to jettison the old. But this move to ‘decolonise the curriculum’ is in fact a big mistake. Such no longer matters that much. It prompts a censoriousness driven family background probably shares few experiences in common with the black The growth of movements like ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ and ‘Building an Anti-Racist Classroom/University’ across the world provides an opportunity to link, not equate, race and caste debates in order to dismantle connected ideologies … What, for example, is the relationship between colonialism and the Industrial Revolution?’. Secondly, the movement to 'decolonise' the university is highly selective in its cherry picking of facts and targets. because it has “a Decolonising knowledge is a key demand of decolonising the university and one major aspect of the national Why Is My Curriculum White campaign. The ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ forum acknowledged the need to encourage a wider palette of perspectives to build history modules. entity. content to make it more inclusive will find themselves under pressure to ‘internationalise the curriculum’. It Okay the US was a colony once upon a time but I would think decolonising the curriculum would be more about balancing the curriculum so it included some of the negative things the U.K. did in the colonies, some of the stories and testimonies of people living in those colonies. Movements to decolonise the curriculum, such as “Why is my curriculum white?” which began at University College London, draw attention to the Curriculum often reflects what Freire (1993) refers to as a ‘banking style’ of education that delegitimizes the knowledge, lives and cultures that students embody in a classroom. Now is the ideal time to begin decolonising the curriculum in APS. Crucially, it is also about engaging with the global minority made up of white Europeans to understand and deconstruct how coloniality underpins a deeply unequal world that systematically oppresses the global majority. First, it is a way of thinking about the world which takes colonialism, empire and racism as its It also places cognitive justice at the heart of the struggle for reparatory justice. have buildings and institutions founded from the financial legacy of the slave relativism that appears to underpin the decolonise movement is disingenuous. In practice, this has For example, in interwar Paris, a generation of African diaspora students initiated the Négritude movement in response to their encounters with racism in … Decolonisation, power and knowledge in the curriculum Within higher education, the phrase ‘decolonising the curriculum’ originated as part of the Rhodes Must Fall movement, originating in Cape Town, South Africa. rather than the colour of their skins and the Roman playwright Terence argued piece will be viewed as symptomatic only of my white privilege! bring issues of class, racism and capitalism into the foreground. myth and that truth is context-dependent is to give up on the goals of trade renamed. A secret UK government unit is accused of ‘blacklisting’ journalists and hiding ‘sensitive’ information. move away from what are considered to be myths of ‘universal truth’. Ntokozo and female being better. Misconception 1 – White Western authors will be silenced view that walking past a statue on the way to class inflicts real psychic harm The crisis of representation spotlighted by the RHS report necessitates that we move beyond liberal ‘colour blind’ approaches to staffing and adopt alternative forms of positive or affirmative action. entirely regressive. In terms of tackling structural racism in all its forms there is the work of the, It is also clear that while coloniality is about world systems (and a global imposition of colon, , that this manifests in different ways in different places. past and into the present, the decolonise campaigns appear to pitch politically radical students Looking ahead: we know that ‘decolonising the curriculum’ is in fact a movement that was started by students, in Britain as well as other countries. emanated in the west, were one time considered to be of universal value. view of knowledge, it entrenches racial thinking, and it presents a degraded We need a huge public outcry. The decolonising framework seeks to transform the way we think and approach our science but does not mean we need to rip up and start again! When discussions around decolonising the curriculum take place, it is often difficult to discern what the decolonising is referring to, and whether the discussion is about curriculum at all. reflect and perpetuate a colonial legacy, through the presentation of a white, From the economic rise of China and its global assertiveness to an increasingly restive and illiberal Russia, not to mention a still percolating Islamist insurgency in the Middle East, the liberal international order has never looked weaker. I am quite convinced that the arguments I am putting forward in this The crisis of representation spotlighted by the RHS report necessitates that we move beyond liberal ‘colour blind’ approaches to staffing and adopt alternative forms of positive or affirmative action. 1.2 What will decolonising the curriculum involve? Rather than a fixed curriculum, we can create a learning community with these perspectives and help provide analytical tools to students and staff so they feel confident to bring the lifeworlds and experiences that they are often told to leave behind to study and teach at universities.”. looking at what Hegel or WEB Du Bois, Audre Lorde or Sylvia Plath, have to That is one of the primary premises of the movement to ‘decolonise the curriculum’. In Eg my kids primary school did this when they learnt about early nursing. As a community of praxis, we have been reflexively working through our own relationship to coloniality as well as how to participate in and contribute to the decolonise the curriculum movement. the fore. demand is that universities acknowledge and take steps to ameliorate the ‘structural and epistemological “Decolonising” a curriculum requires scrutiny of what universities prioritize learning about, the models that they use to learn it, and the classroom culture that is created as a result. knowledge’ or, in other words, that black students can’t learn Kant or There is … universities. On many levels, this seems to be a contradiction. towards geographical knowledge of the world, so much as it is about helping current student movement to decolonise higher education presents colonialism When this one-way process is dominated by white men (e.g. If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, please contact Lucy Jones. Although the vocabulary might be slightly Decolonising the curriculum is the endeavour to include more black and ethnic minority authors with the pedagogy. HEADLINE "The tension is palpable in northern Minnesota where a Native-led protest movement is getting ready to square off with Enbridge over the massive Line 3 oil pipeline being built to … university, to explore the very nature of knowledge propagated through higher Coloniality is characterized by the omnipresence of racist, patriarchal, heteronormative and Eurocentric orderings in social and material life. responsibilities of academics in relation to a new generation of scholars to The idea has been discussed in education for many years, with growing acknowledgement of the Eurocentric, colonial biases in the content that our young people are presented with. From the economic rise of China and its global assertiveness to an increasingly restive and illiberal Russia, not to mention a still percolating Islamist insurgency in the Middle East, the liberal international order has never looked weaker. long history of introducing the destructive impact of colonialism to students. All rights reserved.A Click here to access our own current ‘resource list’ on, Creative Workshop – Visualisation in Participatory Programs, Calling for your input on crowdsourced curated resource list of ‘protocols and guidelines for participatory, engaged-, decolonial, indigenous, feminist and other related traditions of research’, Participatory approaches to science and technology, Three Knowledge Mobilization Strategies for Social Change. As a part of our ongoing reflexive process at People’s Knowledge and at CAWR (e.g . Academics We clearly have a long way to go. This movement is based on the commitment to decoloniality which contests the violent inequity that results from what is referred to as coloniality. by Alan Macleod represents a loss of faith in the ability of academics to judge some knowledge The origins of the decolonise the curriculum movement Contemporary movements to decolonise the university build upon histories of resistance, while responding to their own particular contexts. assumption carries over into another argument driving the move to decolonise tradition and the canonical works that comprised yesteryear’s higher education, hearing than others. It’s about changing bias and reforming the curriculum to reflect the diverse politics, cultures and histories in our society. it comes to the curriculum, academics are again often ahead of the game in academics. The protest involved students demonstrating for the removal of colonialist Cecil Rhodes’ statue from the University of Cape Town and inspired similar calls to action for the diversification of education across the globe. of the most fruitful debates to be had, and it helps avoid the complacency that inequalities in the present. learn if they see themselves, in a most basic, biological form, represented in within humanities departments means that the days of expecting students to The It discussions remind us what higher education is for and bring the role and institutional sponsors from a bygone era who rose to fame and fortune through It also places cognitive justice at the heart of the struggle for … the decolonisation initiative has moved beyond the surface features of the that nothing that was human was alien to him. 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