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Decolonizing Research Methods

The relationships between Western academic research and colonial practices.

Available to all students in all years.

A series of ten 2-hour interactive workshops. You are welcome to attend individual sessions (e.g. only Part 1, or only Part 2 and Part 5, etc.), although it is beneficial if you are able to attend all workshops.

These workshops are based on the premise that Western academic research is an activity that occurs in a set of historical, political and social conditions that are tied to colonial and imperial practices. 

Taught by an academic lecturer, each workshop involves:

  • Generating and reflecting on ideas and experiences related to the theme of the workshop.
  • Discussing attitudes, assumptions and motivations that underpin academic study and research practices.
  • Engaging with academic writing produced by peoples who have traditionally been marginalized in Western academia.
  • Analysing participants’ own values in relation to these contexts.

Part 1: The Enlightenment

This workshop focuses on the core principles of the Enlightenment which underpin research motivations and legitimacy.

Part 2: History

This workshop facilitates a deconstruction of whose history is prioritised and validated through research practices.

Part 3: Borders

This workshop examines the impact of borders on the production of knowledge.

Part 4: Religion

This workshop focuses on the religious foundations of identity and social relations, and how they influence moral and ethical choices.

Part 5: Language

This workshop considers the role of language in social, cultural and political relations, particularly in the legitimization of academic research.

Part 6: Education

This workshop highlights and interrogates dominant attitudes and practices that form the basis of a ‘good’ education, including its structure and goal.

Part 7: Gender

This workshop looks at socially patterned categories of gender identification, and how these contribute to knowledge of the self and the other.

Part 8: Capitalism

This workshop explores how a dominant economic logic is intertwined with historical and contemporary social relationships.

Part 9: Democracy

This workshop investigates the intentions and consequences of universalizing contemporary Western political structures.

Part 10: Progress

This workshop explores the possible contributions of academic research to disrupting colonial formations, and reconceptualizing the social order.

2:00 PM on Tue, 25 February, St James Block Garden Room / Part 6: Education - cancelled
2:00 PM on Tue, 3 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 7: Gender - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 10 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 8: Capitalism - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 17 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 9: Democracy - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 24 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 10: Progress - Book here

For further information please email Sara Ewing.

Directions to St James Garden Room: walk down Laurie Grove towards the Laban Centre, turn left through the security parking gates as if to go to the College Green, then turn right and walk down behind the Whitehead Building towards Lockwood Annexe. Go through the gates into the St James Hall courtyard and the Garden Room is directly in front of you. You can find this building on the Campus Map.

Please note, there are three steps down into this room. If you have accessibility requirements, please contact us in advance of the workshop.

Resources for this workshop can be found on the Decolonizing Research Methods (VLE) page. Please note that each week’s readings are available by Wednesday afternoon prior to the class on the Decolonizing Research Methods page.

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Getting Started with Revision

This workshop will consider the importance of preparation and organization to the revision process.

This workshop is recommended for all students who have to sit examinations. 

This is a 90-minute workshop.

This workshop will consider the significance of preparation and organization to the revision process. It will also look at how best to utilise different learning styles to make them more effective for revision purposes.

To get the most from this workshop, students are advised to consult their department office to discover where past exam papers are kept and to bring some past questions along. Alternatively, students should refer to their course area on (VLE) and bring along some relevant essay questions.

1:00 PM on Thu, 21 March, MMB 224 - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 24 March, MMB 109 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills.

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Resistance Researching: Open Access for Resistance Researching

Practical approaches to decolonising library research practice.

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students.

This is a 60 minute workshop.

This 60 minute workshop aims to empower participants to explore how alternative publishing practices and platforms such as Open Access and social media can extend your academic engagement and promote open and inclusive scholarship

By the end of the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Explain how the ethos of Open Access can contribute to the practice of ‘decolonisation’ in research
  • Understand how current mainstream academic publishing privileges and maintains primacy of dominant voices
  • Locate and use inclusive resources from non-western sources e.g. SciELO, African Journal Online
  • Critically evaluate academic social platforms such as ResearchGate,, Mendeley

This workshop supports the Liberate our Library initiative, as part of Liberate Our Degree.

This workshop is part of Resistance Researching, workshops designed to suggest practical steps we can take to decolonising our library research practice.

3:00 PM on Wed, 26 February, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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