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Carving out Decolonial Space within the University Through Student-Staff Collaboration: The Role of Trust, Courage & Silence

Memon, Ahmed Raza, Jivraj, Suhraiya (2020) Carving out Decolonial Space within the University Through Student-Staff Collaboration: The Role of Trust, Courage & Silence. The Law Teacher, . ISSN 0306-9400. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:82925)

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Abstract

On 20th March 2019, the Decolonise UoK, formerly Decolonise UKC conference took place at the University of Kent. The highlight of the conference and the labour of the collective was its manifesto to the university with recommendations in three key areas. Whilst Decolonise UoK is one of a number of contemporary UK student movements seeking to decolonise and/or liberate the university curriculum what is unique about this collective is that the student-staff collaboration is at the heart of the project and always was from its inception. The underlying objective was to co-produce knowledge and research as pedagogy, in meaningful and not just tokenistic ways. This end goal was not intended to be a strategic intervention to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work within universities although the body of knowledge (the manifesto and the Decolonise UoK Collective book is open access for everyone to read and implement. Rather the key goal was always focused on the empowerment of its constituents by working in community – the doing and being – inside and outside the classroom and campus. We explore this process of self-empowerment through the concepts of (re-)existence/resistance from decolonial studies in combination with the black feminist Critical Race Theory (CRT) methods of counter-narrating. We discuss the detail of racialised life both as part of surviving and through resisting institutional racism and its affective impact upon us. We argue that the necessary conditions that made it possible to do the work of self-empowerment from our intersectional and multiple positionalities across the student-staff continuum within the neo-liberal university have been trust, courage and silence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Decolonising the University, Critical Race Theory, Anti-racism, Institutional whiteness
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Suhraiya Jivraj
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 12:10 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 12:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/82925 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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