'Miseducation: Decolonising Curricula and Culture in our Universities'
This was an open event that took place on 16 March 2021 and was very well received by the Warwick community, with a high number of participants who are interested in the issue of decolonisation of curricula.
This webinar explored the findings of the recently published report Miseducation: decolonising curricula, culture and pedagogy in UK universities, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) in July 2020. It aimed to ask simple, yet powerful questions about who decolonisation benefits; why we should care about the issue; and, crucially, why this project is a more urgent one than we might think. The session platformed powerful testimony from activists, academics & policymakers in higher education who testify to a ‘silent crisis’ in UK universities, presented alongside analysis of events which provide the recent context for the decolonisation movement. The webinar used this testimony to put forward five recommendations for the decolonisation of universities and explored the report’s assertion that ‘decolonisation is both academically necessary and pedagogically rigorous’.
Other useful resources shared by seminar participants:
- Key reading from a Latin American scholar, in English
- Reading by Arture Escobar
- More Latin American authors can be found here
- Recent resource on decolonising curriculum can be found here
- Recent informative book from Singapore
London Programme Officer at CoachBright & Associate of AdvanceHE
Mia is the author of Miseducation: decolonising curricula, culture and pedagogy in UK universities, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) in July 2020. She is also an Associate at AdvanceHE, currently working on a project for anti-racist curricula development. Mia was previously Co-Chair of Common Ground Oxford, a student movement challenging systemic racism and classism and advocating for decolonisation.
Mia holds an MSt in US History from the University of Oxford, and her research specialism is queer history. She is committed to tackling educational inequality and now works as London Programme Officer at CoachBright, a social mobility organisation dedicated to equitable education for disadvantaged young people.