Decolonizing the University Conference – October 24th 2015 @ VU University Amsterdam
Why are there so few Black students and students of color in higher education? How did our curriculum become so eurocentric, and why do we know so little about literature and scholars outside the dominant culture? It is no wonder many raise the question: "Why is our curriculum white? And how can we change it?"
Decolonizing the University aims to address these questions and engage with other student and scholar activists during their workshops on challenging the curriculum and how to start a movement.
This event is hosted by New Urban Collective and the University of Colour.
Where? VU University, Amsterdam
When? Saturday, 24th October 2015
At what time? 12 pm - 5 pm
Adam Elliott-Cooper (UK) on the student campaigns Dismantling the Master’s House/Why is My Curriculum White? He will discuss the student movement in the UK, and on how to address ’(dismantling) the master’s house’ in universities.
Adam Elliot-Cooper works at the philosophy department at UCL and is a PhD student at the University of Oxford
Marta Araujo (Portugal) on insights of her recentily published book ‘Eurocentrim, Racism and Knowledge’. She will discuss the effects of Eurocentrim on society.
Marta Araujo is Senior Reseacher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal. She has published internationally on education policy, institutional racism and Eurocentrism.
Tanti Noor Said & Neldy Firdaus (the Netherlands) on Gender Politics, Race and Migration; Indonesian gay and transgender migrants in Northern Europe. She will focus on subjectivity of Indonesian non-heteronormative migrants, a product of gendering and sexuality, but also a respond to dominant society’s demands and expectations of their families back in Indonesia. She will shed light on how gender and sexual identity is unstable and dynamic trajectory operates as dialogue between mainstream idea and self.
Tanti Noor Said is an independent researcher and activist. She studied Cultural Anthropology at University of Indonesia and University of Amsterdam. Her research focus on migration, race, social class and gender diversity.
Derecka Purnell & Nyle Fort (US) are Black Lives Matter activists and political organizers in Ferguson, also engaging in curricular changes via student organizations, action/media campaigns, building coalitions, and tricking the administration into problem solving.
Derecka Purnell is Harvard Law student and co-founder of the Young Citizens Council of St. Louis, which seeks to build community and hope amidst the tragic shooting of Michael Brown. She leads actions on campus, including library shut-downs, classroom walk-outs, and silent demonstrations. She also recruited students for legal observing during Black lives matter protests in Boston, Baltimore, and St. Louis.
Nyle Fort is a minister and Ph.D student in Religion and African-American studies at Princeton University. His work lies at the intersection of education, transformative justice, and youth development. He supported local protests in Ferguon, to build the Movement for Black Live. In addition, he created “Seven Last Words, Strange Fruit Speaks”, a liturgy commemorating the last words of black people killed by police or vigilantes
Adam Elliott-Cooper (UK)Marta Araujo (Portugal)Nyle Fort (US)
Derecka Purnell (US)
Tanti Noor (Indonesia)
Decolonizing the University is a student’s initiative by New Urban Collective and University of Color to respond to the lack of diversity within universities, and find ways to challenge the master’s narrative. Check our Tumblr for more info: http://decolonizetheuniversity.tumblr.com/
To get informed and in the mood, check out this video of the "Why is my curriculum white?" event in the UK with Adam-Elliot Cooper: