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Decolonizing the Academy I final programme


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26 February 2016

Decolonizing the Academy I

University of Edinburgh, sponsored by the Global Development Academy and the Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies

St. Leonards Hall, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5A

Conference Programme

Here is the final programme for this event. Please note that you must have registered and been offered a place to attend this conference.

9:00-10:40 Session 1a

St Trinneans

Representations of blackness and whiteness


Session 2a


Geopolitics and knowledge production

10:40-11:10 Coffee  
11:10-12:50 Session 1b

St Trinneans

Education, institutions and curricula


Session 2b


Visual culture and cultural production

12:50-1:40 Lunch  
1:40-3:00 Session 1c

St Trinneans

Gender and sexuality

Session 2c


Law and legal recognition


3:10-4:30 Session 1d

St Trinneans

(De)coloniality, citizenship and belonging


Session 2d


Epistemic justice, decolonizing knowledge and globalizing Black studies

4:45-5:45 Keynote lecture:

St Trinneans

Ramón Grosfoguel

The Epistemic Implications of a Decolonial View of Racism

6:00-7:00 Wine reception



Session 1a


Representations of Blackness and Whiteness

Chair: Raquel Ribeiro

9:00-9:20 Katucha Bento, University of Leeds

Negotiating Black Brazilian Blackness with a Decolonial gaze

9:20-9:40 Lisa Amanda Palmer, Birmingham City University

‘Rock the rhythm’ – Lovers Rock and the cultural politics of decoloniality

9:40-10:00 Desiree Poets, Aberystwyth University

The limits and possibilities of cultural alterity: São Paulo’s Indigenous Pankararu Association and Rio de Janeiro’s Quilombo Sacopã

10:00-10:20 Lilia Abadia, University of Nottingham

Blackness on display: the coloniality of power and the materiality of the epistemic violence in museums exhibitions

10:20-10:40 Lily Owens, Brunel University

Speaking justice to power in occupational therapy: critical reflections on the politics and ethics of systematic whiteness within the profession

Session 2a


Geopolitics and Knowledge Production

Chair: Jasmine Gani

9:00-9:20 Ueli Staeger, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Decentering methodology: Pragmatism, Eurocentrism and EU interregionalism studies

9:20-9:40 Maysa Shqerat, University of Sussex

Knowledge and Settler Colonialism: Case of Palestine

9:40-10:00 Johanna Bergström, Mid Sweden University

Reproduction of logics of coloniality: A critical reading of the EU – Central American Association Agreement

10:00-10:20 Maria Larissa Silva Santos

Regionalization for decolonization: the case of Meridionalismo

10:20-10:40 Cristóbal Bonelli, Amsterdam University, and Daniela Vicherat-Mattar, Leiden University

Rivers, socio-material transformations and flows of contradictions in the South of Chile

Session 1b


Education, Institutions and Curricula

Chair: Marcin Stanek

11:10-11:30 Trycia Bazinet, University of Ottawa

Settler-Colonial Logic in Curriculums as an Obstacle to Decolonization: Unsettling International Development Education

11:30-11:50 Zakeera Suffee, Kings College London

Look what the Black dragged in: Decolonising Geography

11:40-12:10 Simone Vegliò

Urban configurations and postcolonial spaces: How to decolonise urban studies

12:10-12:30 Lilian Schwoerer, University of Cambridge

Coloniality and Resistance in the Neoliberal University

12:30-12:50 Ibtihal Ramadan, University of Edinburgh

UK academia: A Sanctuary for Eurocentric Hegemony of Knowledge? Muslim Academics’ Views.

Session 2b


Visual culture and cultural production

Chair: Alex Young

 11.10 Maricely Corzo Morales, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Lounes Matoub and Jaime Garzón: Production of knowledge from the margins in Algeria and Colombia

11.30 Huimin Wang, University of Leeds

Decolonising Knowledge: A Postcolonial Deconstruction of Western Media Representation of the 2014 “Occupy Central” event in Hong Kong


12:10 Charlotte Gleghorn, University of Edinburgh

‘A Pair of Watching Eyes’: Film, First Contact and the Globalisation of an ‘Isolated’ Indigeneity

 Session 1c


Gender and sexuality

Chair: Anna Stewart-Zyw

 1:40-2:00 Joseli Maria Silva, State University of Ponta Grosa

Decolonial thought on gender and sexualities: the contribution of Brazilian travestis

2:00-2:20 Kathy-Ann Tan, University of Tübingen

Experiencing Decolonial Aesthetics: Performance, Affect, Perception

2:20-2:40 Roberto Kulpa, independent scholar

Geographies of Queer Knowledge

2:40-3:00 Yoav Galai, University of St. Andrews

The Ghost of Dr. Frankenstein: Israeli Sociology as Israeli statecraft

 Session 2c


Law and legal recognition

Chair: Samuel Taylor-Alexander

1:40-2:00 Aitor Jiménez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Decolonizing Legal Theories

2:00-2:20 Carolyn Laude, Carlton University

A Tale of Two Reconciliations in Environmental Planning: The Right to Say No to Development and the Enticement of a “Politics of Recognition”

2:20-2:40 Julie Crutchley, City University London

A decolonial analysis of peace in international law, the role of the “master morality” in liberal peace theory

2:40-3:00 Louisa Parks, University of Lincoln

Decolonising natural resource management through fair and equitable benefit-sharing? Evidence from local case studies

 Session 1d


(De)coloniality, citizenship and belonging

Chair: Elisa Morgera

3:10-3:30 Eve Hayes de Kalaf, University of Aberdeen

Making Foreign: Birthright Citizenship, Denationalisation and the Contours of Belonging in the Contemporary Dominican Republic

3:30-3:50 Sandra Milena Camelo Pinilla, Goldsmiths College London

Poetics of belonging, relationality and community filiations of being in Indigenous Language Practices

3:50-4:10 Denisse Sepúlveda Sánchez, University of Manchester

Experiences of social mobility of indigenous people in Chile

4:10-4:30 Federica Cirami, University of Palermo

Visualizing the ‘Otherness’: sex and power discourse in decolonial feminist perspective

 Session 2d


Epistemic justice, decolonizing knowledge and globalizing Black studies

Chair: Aitor Jiménez

 3:10-3:30 Denise Noble, Ohio State University

Decolonizing knowledge: Globalizing Black studies

3:30-3:50 Olivette Otele, Bath Spa University

“Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité”, deconstructing the myth: Western Canons Re-colonizing French Curriculum

3:50-4:10 Michael McEachrane, University of Bremen

Bringing Black and Postcolonial Studies to Sweden: Challenging Nordic Exceptionalism

4:45-5:45 Keynote lecture

Ramón Grosfoguel, University of California-Berkeley

The Epistemic Implications of a Decolonial View of Racism