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Decolonising the Academy

Decolonising the Academy

Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:00-14:00 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

While it is often assumed that colonialism ended with the formal decolonisation processes of the post World War decades, constructions of civilisational hierarchy and race still persist in present-day academic research and teaching. Additionally, Norway's particular self-image as somehow separate from, and innocent of, the history of colonialism, as well as the endurance of problems of diversity and meaningful representation in Norwegian higher education, makes a debate on decolonisation highly necessary and long overdue. Inspired by recent debates on the need to decolonise academic institutions in the UK, a number of Norwegian academics from a wide range of disciplines have been invited to reflect on how they engage with this topic in their own work, as well as in their home institutions. 

12:00: Lunch and mingling.

12.30: Meera Sabaratnam (SOAS, University of London) offers a keynote speech reflecting on recent debates in UK academia on these issues. Chair: Cindy Horst (PRIO).

13.00: Stine Helena Bang Svendsen (NTNU) offers a short contextualisation of these debates in Norway. 

13.10 - 14.00: Panel discussion, moderated by Ida Roland Birkvad (PRIO).

The event is organized by the PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict.

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