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Brunel Academy for the Transformation of Teaching reading group:

Building Critical Pedagogies: Decolonising, Decentring and Repairing

Spring term 2020

Following on from the summer reading group on classical and contemporary critical pedagogies, we would like to invite all staff and students to attend the Academy spring term reading group Rebuilding Critical Pedagogies: Decolonising, Decentring and Repairing.

 Inspired by Royona Mitra’s intervention at the Repairing Our Curriculum roundtable discussion hosted by the Academy on 2 December 2019, and with the aim to continue this conversation, the reading group will bring together 1) debates on the epistemological and institutional privilege rooted in unequal relations of power across race, gender, sexuality, class and disability and 2) reflections on how to unravel and repair these relations.

The reading group is one of the spaces provided by the Academy to encourage intellectual exchange and transform our teaching practices to contribute to social justice.

The reading group will begin at the end of January at 5.30pm at Lancaster bar, Brunel University London.


28 January 2020: Aparna Mishra Tarc, ‘Reparative Curriculum’, 2011

18 February 2020: Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial, Kerem Nişancıoğlu (eds.), Decolonising the University, Pluto Press, 2018

  • Chapter 1: Rhodes Must Fall: Oxford and Movements for Change - Dalia Gebrial
  • Chapter 7: The Challenge for Black Studies in the Neoliberal University - Kehinde Andrews
  • Chapter 10: Decolonising Education: A Pedagogic Intervention - Carol Azumah Dennis

03 March 2020: Jason Arday, ‘Dismantling Race Dismantling power and privilege through reflexivity: negotiating normative Whiteness, the Eurocentric curriculum and racial microaggressions within the Academy’, 2018

17 March 2020: Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change, Penguin, 2019. We would suggest, if possible, to read the entire book, but we will make available chapters 2, 4 and 6

 If you are interested to attend the reading group please email the organisers: Serena Natile and Josh Bowsher