Professors in the Pub: Decolonializing the Curriculum

Cafe Des Taxis

Each month, join us in the cafe to have a drink and discussion with professors and other experts about important events happening in the world. Share your questions and your views, and join the long tradition of politics in the pub. (All participants must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.)

This month: Decolonializing the Curriculum

Over the past several years, horrendous crimes against people driven by motives related to ethnicity, religion, sex or gender have resulted in great social mobilizations to address the individual acts as well as the social structures that seem to undergird such offenses. Beyond changes to norms, laws, business culture, and monuments, this drive has also turned to academia with a goal not only to affect the relations between minorities and “the Ivory Tower,” but also to affect the curriculum and scholarship and historical sources within that “tower.”

What does “decolonialize the curriculum” mean in intent and in practice? Is there a line between openly recognizing and condemning past and current injustices, and an unrealistic attempt to “fix” the past through our engagement with and editing of it? What do we do today that the next generations will condemn? Come discuss these questions and ask your own.

The lead professor will be Gerald Power, Senior Lecturer of History.