Roundtable: Decolonising the English Department
Lecture Theatre (Conference Room for overflow)
Recent years have witnessed student-led calls to decolonise the curriculum and engage with the colonial heritage on which many of Britain’s universities are built, and which underpins present constructions of history, literature and knowledge. This strand will consist of three sessions in which we aim to approach the challenges of decolonising the curriculum from an early career academic’s perspective. We want to foreground the voices of early career academics who identify as black or minority ethnic; at the same time, we believe that ‘oppression belongs to the culture of the oppressor’ (Cynthia Ozick) and encourage critical interrogations of whiteness alongside celebration of anti-racist practices in English by academics of all colours.
Roundtable with invited early career academic speakers representing the variety of research in English (i.e. creative writing, literature and linguistics) and moderated by a senior academic. Speakers will be given a choice of keywords, with each speaker being asked to speak for five minutes about their keyword, followed by a moderated discussion including questions from the audience.
Jay G Ying