DECOLONIZE EDUCATION

This concept was developed by the PAR Barcelona group of BRIDGES. You can read about the Common Conceptualization Process for all their work here.

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The concept of diversity had an emancipatory potential for addressing axes of inequality which occur in collective action, and for highlighting heterogeneity within collectives composed by people with a plurality of routes and baggage. Feminist and anti-racist struggles within Higher Education Insitutions have achieved the creation of emancipatory spaces for alternative forms of knowledge production within the academy, such as the creation of gender studies or African-American studies departments. However, in Higher Education Institutions, diversity is often tokenized and co-opted: the ‘inclusion of diversity’ tends to problematise and victimise anything that deviates from white hegemony, by producing dichotomies and categorisations which make the alleged ‘different’ visible in two complementary roles – the problem and the victim” (Gilroy 1992). Discursive practices focussed on the ‘inclusion of diversity, we argue, produce differentiations between desirable and undesirable diversity, which reproduce colonial histories and narratives; this way, the categorisation of an alleged diversity that needs to be tolerated and included fosters white supremacy and colonial and patriarchal relations of power, rather than challenging them.

People of coulour and with a migration background continue to experience racial discrimination and exclusion in the context of education. Whilst Higher Education (HE) curricula and pedagogies often reproduce discrimination, they also have the potential to promote anti-racist practices. To do so, they need to review curricula to reflect diverse histories, achievements, and experiences of social groups subject to discrimination (Modood et al. 1999: 57).

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Barcelona - DECOLONIZE EDUCATION
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2700 KB
Reading Time
20 min

Activities included in the pack

  • Diversifying universities? Decolonizing education!
  • The dangers of a single story
  • Strategies for collective resistance
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Barcelona - DECOLONIZE EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
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3

This exercise aims at fostering reflexivity in class by problematising everyday racism and institutional discrimination. It does so mainly by focusing on a ubiquitous element in current societies: the production and dissemination of audiovisual content in social media. This exercise works on two interrelated concepts defined by the group PAR Group in Barcelona: Identity and Structural Racism.

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Barcelona - RACISM ISNT GOING TO CHANGE ON ITS OWN
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Projector & List of videos
Activity Times
2H - 2.5H