[Iag-list] CFP IAG 2019: Decolonising the University: Theory and Praxis

Kaya Barry k.barry at griffith.edu.au
Mon Jan 21 14:18:24 AEDT 2019

CFP: Decolonising the University: Theory and Praxis

Session Organisers: Michele Lobo and Kaya Barry
(Sponsored by the Cultural Geography Study Group/Urban Geography Study Group)

‘Once upon a time scholars assumed that if you ‘come’ from Latin America you have to ‘talk about’ Latin America; that in such a case you have to be a token of your culture. Such expectation will not arise if the author ‘comes’ from Germany, France, England or the US’
(Walter D Mignolo, 2009)

In this session we ask: If decolonisation is about proliferating planetary imaginaries of being and becoming otherwise, what are the practices we must engage in to decolonise the university. Such a question is crucial when neoliberal pressures and the reproduction of academic practices of privilege have the unintended effect of keeping racial hierarchies intact.  While focusing on the university might render us vulnerable, it is this site of vulnerability that has the capacity to mutate ‘decolonisation’ as more than another academic buzzword. Themes are unlimited but could include:

- Struggle and activism –e.g. @Rhodes must fall, #WeAreTheUniversity, https://www.smh.com.au/education/staff-left-betrayed-as-university-reveals-ramsay-centre-deal-20181217-p50msp.html
- Academic practices, the mundane and everyday decolonisation
- Geography, Geographers and Decolonisation in Australia
- Academic freedom and the politics of knowledge production
- Southern theory and global knowledge hierarchies

Please submit your abstract (150 words) online via the conference website  https://cdesign.eventsair.com/2019-iag/abstracts and email the session convenors Michele Lobo michele.lobo at deakin.edu.au and Kaya Barry k.barry at griffith.edu.au with a copy. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 28 February 2019.

Dr Kaya Barry | University Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
Griffith University  | Nathan | QLD 4111 | Australia
T: +61 (0)7373 57692 | E: k.barry at griffith.edu.au<mailto:k.barry at griffith.edu.au>  | Twitter: @kayathiea

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