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Decolonising the Curriculum: Further resources

This page of this guide provides further resources for anyone interested in learning more about Decoloning the Curriculum, especially in regards to library services in higher education.

There have been interesting and innovative approaches in this area by other university libraries, and some are outlined below, along with resources from other areas.

This page will be updated periodically as more information and resources become available.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Eleanor Newbigin, Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern South Asia, recently blogged about decolonising the teaching and research of history at SOAS.  She asked the question "What does it mean to decolonise History teaching and research at SOAS?"

Meera Sabaratnam, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and chair of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group, recently spoke at an event at Birkbeck College called "Decolonising the Curriculum: what's all the fuss about?". A podcast was also made of the event, with #decolonisebirkbeck used on Twitter for further discussion and debate.

University of Kent

Students from the Decolonise the Curriculum project at the University of Kent conducted research (with the help of staff members Dr. Suhraiya Jivraj, Sheree Palmer and Dave Thomas) through engagement with students from various schools around the university to draft this manifesto.

Their manifesto voices the concerns of the students of colour / Black Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Goldsmiths College (University of London)

The role of the Library and Academic Skills Centre in teaching and pedagogy, through a liberation lens, is discussed in this article by Marylin Clarke, Discovery Services Librarian.

Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art Library has just released an Emancipating Our Collections section of its website.

It details the work they are undertaking with student societies and academic colleagues to diversify and reorient their collections and services.

See here for more details.

Moral Maze

The BBC Radio 4 programme Moral Maze discussed Decolonising the Curriculum on their 13 February 2019 edition.

It is available through BBC iPlayer here.

Prior to the show airing, there were some concerns expressed by academics asked to appear on the show (who subsequently declined appearing), regards the show and its regular panel members. These concerns were outlined on Twitter by Priyamvada Gopal, an academic at the University of Cambridge, here.

London School of Economics

A podcast of the event Decolonising the Curricula: Why necessary and Why now, held on 6 March 2019 at The London School of Economics is available here. It was hosted by the Firoz Laji Centre for Africa.

The event explored why students are calling for the decolonisation of curricula, and what universities can do about it.