Announcing our first panellists for our AM session! After Rianna Walcott’s workshop, Dr Maryam Jameela and Nadia Mehdi from the University of Sheffield reflect on the barriers thrown up by scholars and practitioners within decolonial practice at UK universities.
Join us for the first speakers of the AM session, Decolonise the Curriculum, at 10:30 – 10.55 AM!
On the Fallacy of Decolonising Higher Education Institutions
Dr Maryam Jameela and Nadia Mehdi discuss the barriers that are thrown up by scholars and practitioners who profess a desire to decolonise, but whose actions complicate the achievement of real progress in this arena. We offer an analysis of two purported attempts of decolonisation in higher education, and their underlying logics which, we contend, complicated these endeavours, and prevented any real change. We close by offering a look at the increasingly common -albeit stale and whitewashed- ‘decolonisation manifesto’ and the ways in which, as decolonisation has been co-opted by the universities cyclical machinery, this manifesto merely stands for personal career advancement of those already comfortable in the establishment.
Maryam Jameela is a researcher and writer working in contemporary literature and politics, trauma, and decoloniality. She currently works as an investigative journalist, a podcast host, and a research collective member. Her PhD from the University of Sheffield examined constructions of South Asian Muslim women in literature, film, and music with a focus on building frameworks of trauma that incorporate critiques of power systems via necropolitics.
Nadia Mehdi works broadly within the traditions of feminist philosophy and philosophy of race and teaches philosophy at the university and school level in the UK. Her current research focuses on oppression and resistance in the aesthetic realm and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Public philosophy is (/was) her passion. She organises events in and around Sheffield and she has written a book Crash Course: Philosophy, and contributed chapters to 30-second feminism.
More information about the conference here, https://projectmyopia.com/revolutionising-uk-curricula-and-pedagogy-project-myopia-x-lahp-virtual-conference/