Decolonising the University Boaventura de Sousa Santos Book

Decolonising the University: The Challenge of Deep Cognitive Justice

By Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Publication Date: October 2017

“At each particular historical moment, the university appears as a heavy and rigid structure resisting changes, whereas, throughout time, it has actually undergone profound transformation. Often such changes have been drastic and almost always provoked by factors external to the university, be they of a religious, political or economic nature. This book explores the nature and dynamics of the transformation that the university is undergoing today. It argues that some of the projects of reform currently under way are so radical that the question of the future of the university may well turn into the question of whether the university has a future. A specific feature of this inquiry is the realisation that questioning the future of the university involves questioning its past as well.”

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Inside the Ivory Tower Book

Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia

By Deborah Gabriel and Shirley Anne Tate

Publication date: November 2017

“This book is centred on the perspectives, experiences and career trajectories of women of colour in British academia. It reveals a space dominated by whiteness and patriarchy, in which women of colour must develop strategies for survival and success. The contributors explore how their experiences are shaped by race and gender and how racism manifests in day-to-day experiences in the academy, from subtle microagressions to overt racialized and gendered abuse. The autoethnographies touch on common themes such as invisibility and hypervisibility, exclusion and belonging, highlighting intersectional experiences. This is a must-read for students, academics, schools, colleges, trade unions and organizations – and anyone with an interest in equality.”

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 Black British Graduates Untold Stories Book

Black British Graduates: Untold stories

By Amanda Arbouin

Publication date: February 2018

“Amanda Arbouin breaks new ground in documenting the learning and employment of black graduates in the UK. Ten British graduates of African Caribbean heritage review their education, both compulsory and post-compulsory, and their careers. They relate how they navigated the obstructions and microaggressions encountered while pursuing academic qualifications, and discuss their choices of employment. These graduates offer teachers and academics valuable new insights into educational inequality and its effects. Their views and perspectives make this a key text for courses in education studies, sociology of education and teacher training. The book will also appeal to community activists, employers, educational policymakers, careers advisers and all those who strive for social justice in the education and employment of minoritized groups in the UK.”

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 White Privilege Book

White Privilege: The Myth of A Post-Racial Society

By Kalwant Bhopal

Publication date: April 2018

“Why and how do those from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be marginalised? Despite claims that we now live in a post-racial society, race continues to disadvantage those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Kalwant Bhopal explores how neoliberal policy making has increased rather than decreased discrimination faced by those from non-white backgrounds. She also shows how certain types of whiteness are not privileged; Gypsies and Travellers, for example, remain marginalised and disadvantaged in society. Drawing on topical debates and supported by empirical data, this important book examines the impact of race on wider issues of inequality and difference in society.”

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Decolonizing the Westernized University

Decolonizing the Westernized University: Interventions in Philosophy of Education from Within and Without

Edited By Ramón Grosfoguel; Roberto Hernández And Ernesto Rosen Velásquez

Publication date: May 2018

“It is assumed institutions of higher education are a means to upward socioeconomic mobility and in turn a way of addressing poverty that is tied to certain racialized/sexualized bodies. But this is not always the case, and this book examines the various dimensions of the education crisis and provides a sharper understanding of the crisis and the responses to the westernized university at multiple sites around the world.”

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Speaking out against racism int he university space

Speaking Out against Racism in the University Space

By Shirin Housee

Publication date: June 2018

“This book yields new and valuable insights into race and racism in higher education institutions. The powerful combination of accounts by minoritized students of their experiences and views, the frame of analysis based on Critical Race Theory, and the personal affinity and empathy of the author with her students, reveal the institutionalized structures, bigoted opinions and insidious discrimination that prevail. Yet universities should be challenging such racism, particularly when it is rising and spreading. The book shows how they can examine their staff and student recruitment, investigate their teaching methods and policies, and decolonize their curricula. How we listen to the student voice, and the spaces the university provides for minoritized students to speak freely, are the first steps to making institutions of higher education truly inclusive – the domain of social justice.”

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 Decolonising the University

Decolonising the University

Edited by Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial, Kerem Nisancioglu

Publication Date: August 2018

“In 2015, students at the University of Cape Town demanded the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, the imperialist, racist business magnate, from their campus. The battle cry ‘#RhodesMustFall’ sparked an international movement calling for the decolonisation of the world’s universities. Today, as this movement grows, how will it radically transform the terms upon which universities exist? In this book, students, activists and scholars discuss the possibilities and the pitfalls of doing decolonial work in the home of the coloniser, in the heart of the establishment. Subverting curricula, enforcing diversity, and destroying old boundaries, this is a radical call for a new era of education. Offering resources for students and academics to challenge and resist coloniality inside and outside the classroom, Decolonising the University provides the tools for radical pedagogical, disciplinary and institutional change.”

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 Rhodes Must Fall Book

Rhodes Must Fall: The Struggle to Decolonise the Racist Heart of Empire

Written by the Rhodes Must Fall Movement, Oxford

Publication Date: August 2018

“A decisive book written by the Rhodes Must Fall movement, offering unparalleled insight into the institutional racism at the heart of empire. When students at Oxford University called for a statue of Cecil Rhodes to be removed, following similar calls by students in Cape Town, the significance of these protests was felt across continents. This was not simply about tearing down an outward symbol of British imperialism – a monument glorifying a colonial conqueror – but about confronting the toxic inheritance of the past, and challenging the continued underrepresentation of people of colour at universities. And it went to the very heart of the pernicious influence of colonialism in education today. Written by key members of the movement in Oxford, Rhodes Must Fall is the story of that campaign. Showing the crucial importance of both intersectionality and solidarity with sister movements in South Africa and beyond, this book shows what it means to boldly challenge the racism rooted deeply at the very heart of empire.”

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 Unsettling Eurocentrism

Unsettling Eurocentrism in the Westernized University

Edited by Julie Cupples, Ramón Grosfoguel

Publication date: August 2018

“The westernized university is a site where the production of knowledge is embedded in Eurocentric epistemologies that are posited as objective, disembodied and universal and in which non-Eurocentric knowledges, such as black and indigenous ones, are largely marginalized or dismissed. Consequently, it is an institution that produces racism, sexism and epistemic violence. While this is increasingly being challenged by student activists and some faculty, the westernized university continues to engage in diversity and internationalization initiatives that reproduce structural disadvantages and to work within neoliberal agendas that are incompatible with decolonization. This book draws on decolonial theory to explore the ways in which Eurocentrism in the westernized university is both reproduced and unsettled. It outlines some of the challenges that accompany the decolonization of teaching, learning, research and policy, as well as providing examples of successful decolonial moments and processes. It draws on examples from universities in Europe, New Zealand and the Americas. This book represents a highly timely contribution from both early career and established thinkers in the field. Its themes will be of interest to student activists and to academics and scholars who are seeking to decolonize their research and teaching. It constitutes a decolonizing intervention into the crisis in which the westernized university finds itself.”

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 Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning Book

Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning

Edited by Sara de JongRosalba IcazaOlivia U. Rutazibwa

Publication date: August 2018

“Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning is a resource for teachers and learners seeking to participate in the creation of radical and liberating spaces in the academy and beyond. This edited volume is inspired by, and applies, decolonial and feminist thought – two fields with powerful traditions of critical pedagogy, which have shared productive exchange. The structure of this collection reflects the synergies between decolonial and feminist thought in its four parts, which offer reflections on the politics of knowledge; the challenging pathways of finding your voice; the constraints and possibilities of institutional contexts; and the relation between decolonial and feminist thought and established academic disciplines. To root this book in the political struggles that inspire it, and to maintain the close connection between political action and reflection in praxis, chapters are interspersed with manifestos formulated by activists from across the world, as further resources for learning and teaching. These essays definitively argue that the decolonization of universities, through the re-examination of how knowledge is produced and taught, is only strengthened when connected to feminist and critical queer and gender perspectives. Concurrently, they make the compelling case that gender and feminist teaching can be enhanced and developed when open to its own decolonization.”

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Dismantling race in Higher Education Book

Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy

Editors: Arday, Jason, Mirza, Heidi Safia (Eds.)

Publication Date: September 2018

“This book reveals the roots of structural racism that limit social mobility and equality within Britain for Black and ethnicised students and academics in its inherently white Higher Education institutions. It brings together both established and emerging scholars in the fields of Race and Education to explore what institutional racism in British Higher Education looks like in colour-blind ‘post-race’ times, when racism is deemed to be ‘off the political agenda’. Keeping pace with our rapidly changing global universities, this edited collection asks difficult and challenging questions, including why black academics leave the system; why the curriculum is still white; how elite universities reproduce race privilege; and how Black, Muslim and Gypsy traveller students are disadvantaged and excluded. The book also discusses why British racial equality legislation has failed to address racism, and explores what the Black student movement is doing about this. As the authors powerfully argue, it is only by dismantling the invisible architecture of post-colonial white privilege that the 21st century struggle for a truly decolonised academy can begin. This collection will be essential reading for students and academics working in the fields of Education, Sociology, and Race.”

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Fire Now Anti Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence Book

The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence

Edited by Azeezat Johnson, Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Beth Kamunge

With a Foreword by Christina Sharpe

Afterword by George Yancy

Publication Date: November 2018

“Not so long ago, many spoke of a ‘post-racial’ era, claiming that advances made by people of colour showed that racial divisions were becoming a thing of the past. But the hollowness of such claims has been exposed by the rise of Trump and Brexit, both of which have revealed deep seated white resentment, and have been attended by a resurgence in hate crime and overt racial hatred on both sides of the Atlantic. At a time when progress towards equality is not only stalling, but being actively reversed, how should anti-racist scholars respond? This collection carries on James Baldwin’s legacy of bearing witness to racial violence in its many forms. Its authors address how we got to this particular moment, arguing that it can only be truly understood by placing it within the wider historical and structural contexts that normalise racism and white supremacy. Its chapters engage with a wide range of contemporary issues and debates, from the whiteness of the recent women’s marches, to anti-racist education, to the question of Black resistance and intersectionality. Mapping out the problems we face, and the solutions we need, the book considers how anti-racist scholarship and activism can overcome the setbacks posed by the resurgence of white supremacy.”

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The Good University Book

The Good University: What Universities Actually Do And Why It’s Time For Change

By Raewyn Connell

Publication Date: February 2019

“Internationally respected sociologist and pioneering education reformer Raewyn Connell reveals the necessary steps to rectify the sector’s crisis of sustainability. The higher education industry might seem like it’s booming, with over 100 million students in universities worldwide and funds flowing in like never before. But the truth is that these institutions have never been unhappier places to work. Corporate-style management, cost-cutting governments, mobilisations by angry students and strikes by disgruntled faculty members have all taken their toll — in almost every country around the world. It’s no wonder that there is talk of ‘universities in crisis.’ But what should a ‘good university’ look like? In this inspiring new work, Raewyn Connell asks us to consider just that, challenging us to rethink the fundamentals of what universities do. Drawing on the examples offered by pioneering universities and educational reformers around the world, Connell outlines a practical vision for how our universities can become both more engaging and more productive places, driven by social good rather than profit, and which can help to build fairer societies.”

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20 October 2018

Black Oxford Reimagining Cole



Black Oxford Untold Stories, in association with the Bodleian Libraries, presents a symposium exploring the background, context and depictions of rediscovered images of Christian Frederick Cole, Oxford University’s first Black African scholar. Speaker(s): Pamela Roberts, Dr Temi Odumosu, Malmo University; Dr Robin Darwall Smith, University College, Oxford; Robert Taylor, photographer, Portraits of Achievement.”

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25 October 2018

Kalwant Bhopal



Social justice, exclusion and white privilege in universities. The eighth annual lecture is delivered by Kalwant Bhopal, Professor of Education and Social Justice, University of Birmingham. The lecture examines recent evidence on the representation of BME staff and students in higher education to explore how racism, exclusion and marginalisation continue to disadvantage these groups. Professor Kalwant Bhopal uses empirical research which explores BME academic flight from higher education to suggest ways forward for the inclusion of BME focusing on issues of equity and social justice. She examines how white privilege works to disadvantage those from BME backgrounds and will explore how universities can develop good practice for the inclusion of BME groups in higher education. Professor Kalwant Bhopal’s research focuses on the achievements and experiences of minority ethnic groups in education. She has conducted research on exploring discourses of identity and intersectionality examining the lives of Black minority ethnic groups as well as examining the marginal position of Gypsies and Travellers. Her research specifically explores how processes of racism, exclusion and marginalisation operate in predominantly white spaces with a focus on social justice and inclusion. She is Visiting Professor at Harvard University in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Visiting Professor at Kings College London (Department of Education and Professional Studies). Her most recent book, “White Privilege: the myth of a post-racial society” was published in 2018 by Policy Press. In partnership with the British Sociological Association.

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31 October 2018 – 2 November 2018

Decolonial Transformation 2018



“Registration is now open for the Decolonial Transformations Workshop, taking place across three days from 31st October-2nd November at the University of Sussex campus. This is a collaborative project between Sussex and SOAS, and brings together activists, scholars, students, artists and others working on decolonial and anti-racist projects around the world to engage in discussion and practical workshops together. Registration is only £10 for those that can afford it.

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10 November 2018



By The White Rose Critical Race and Ethnicities Network. We are excited to invite you to the launch of our latest book, “The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence”. More information about the book can be found here:

The launch event will be on Saturday 10th November 2018 from 2pm-5.30pm at Queen Mary’s University of London’s Graduate Centre, Room 201. Confirmed speakers include Prof. Akwugo Emejulu, Lowkey and some of the authors of the book. The event will include plenty of time for discussion and contribution from attendees, on the future of anti-racist scholarship. This event is free to attend. We are also pleased to offer 5 x £100 childcare/travel bursaries. If you would like to be considered for a bursary please email us at telling us why you need the bursary and whether you are funded or not.

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