The relationships between Western academic research and colonial practices.
Available to all students in all years.
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.
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 Learn.gold (VLE) page. Please note that each week’s readings are available by Wednesday afternoon prior to the class on the Decolonizing Research Methods Learn.gold page.
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