Student Panel- September 2020
The Decolonising the Curriculum team of the School of Humanities invites you to an evening of enlightened discussion to tackle the tokenistic representation of Black, POC, Female and LGBTQ+ historical figures and critical theory in the Humanities curriculum.
The panel takes place on the 9th September 2020 from 18:30-20 on Microsoft Teams where we’ll be joined by School of Humanities curriculum advisors Hannah Francis (Humanities) Misti Lekimenju (English Literature), Annabelle Detain (English Literature), Mia Henderson (English Language and Media) and Rebecca Inniss (English Literature), as well as guest speaker Professor Hakim Adi, from the University of Chichester.
This discussion focuses on the visual representation of Black and POC bodies in Humanities lectures; the use of appropriate language surrounding race, sexuality and gender in taught spaces; and how to make the seminar room/lecture hall a safe space for both lecturers and students to discuss these topics.
This panel celebrates the development of a collaborative student-lecturer relationship when approaching the decolonisation of the curriculum in the School of Humanities. It was organised by student curriculum advisers and suggests how the University can take part in a wider movement to decolonise learning. Many students and lecturers, both BAME and white, have expressed that the university’s Humanities, Literature, English Language, media and creative writing curriculum still remains centred around white/Eurocentric schools of thought, knowledge and writers. In order to challenge this and emphasise the diversity of BAME/POC/LGBTQ+ scholarship that is available to us, we must positively change how Humanities are taught. By addressing sensitive and often uncomfortable issues around race and gender, and how these topics are taught in British institutions, we are hoping to normalise these kinds of open discussions and create a safe space to express our concerns and how to progress.